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St. Jerome (n.)

1.(Roman Catholic Church) one of the great Fathers of the early Christian Church whose major work was his translation of the Scriptures from Hebrew and Greek into Latin (which became the Vulgate); a saint and Doctor of the Church (347-420)

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Saint-Jérôme, Quebec

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Location in Quebec, Canada
Coordinates: 45°47′00″N 74°00′00″W / 45.7833333°N 74°W / 45.7833333; -74
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Regional CountyLa Rivière-du-Nord
ConstitutedJanuary 1, 2002[1]
 - TypeVille
 - MayorMarc Gascon
 - MNAGilles Robert
 - MPMonique Guay
Area [2]
 - Land90.50 km2 (34.9 sq mi)
Population (2006)[2]
 - Total63,729 (ranked 15th)
 - Density704.2/km2 (1,823.9/sq mi)
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
Postal codesJ5L, J7Y, J7Z
Area code(s)450

Saint-Jérôme, Quebec (2006 Population 63,729) is a town in Quebec, Canada, near Mirabel, about 40 kilometers (25 mi) northwest of Montreal along Autoroute des Laurentides. The town is a gateway to the Laurentian Mountains and its resorts.

The town is named after Saint Jerome (ca. 347 – September 30, 420), a church father best known as the translator of the Bible from Greek and Hebrew into Latin. His translation is known as the Vulgate.



Cathedral of Saint-Jerome ,Quebec,Canada

The territory where the present city of Saint-Jérôme now stands was granted in 1752 by the marquis de la Jonquière, governor of New France, as the seignory of Augmentation des Mille-Iles (literally "enlargement" of the seignory of Mille-Iles). From the 1760s to the 1840s, the seignory was owned by the Dumont and Lefebvre de Bellefeuille families, living in the town of Saint-Eustache, 25 kilometers (15 miles) to the south. The Dumont and the Lefebvre conceded the farmland to colonists coming mostly from the region lying north of Montreal. The emerging town was then known under the name of Dumontville. The Catholic parish of Saint-Jérôme was constituted on November 15, 1834 and the village itself was constituted on July 1, 1845 by governor Metcalfe.[3]

Priest Labelle statue.
Priest Labelle statue in front of the cathedral.

François-Xavier-Antoine Labelle, a Roman Catholic priest who was the great "colonizer" (promoter of settlement) of the North of Montreal, was in charge of the pastoral administration of Saint-Jérôme of 1868 until his death, in 1891. Eight years after his arrival, he had a railroad built linking Saint-Jérôme and Montreal.

Antoine Labelle was the parish priest of Saint-Jérôme for 22 years, from 1868 until his death, at 57 years of age, on January 4, 1891. He was called "the king of North, the apostle of colonization".

The opening of roads and the arrival of a railroad became essential with the development of the small communities in the Laurentians. These transportation routes for the movement of goods and people would ensure the establishment of trade and industry.

Labelle promoted the idea of a railroad towards the North beginning in 1869. The railway reached Saint-Jérôme in 1876, partly because a railway was seen as a way to meet the needs for firewood and construction materials for urban centres like Montreal and Quebec.

In 2002 Saint-Jérôme amalgamated with the municipalities of Bellefeuille (2001 census population 14,066), Saint-Antoine (2001 population 11,488) and Lafontaine (2001 population 9,477).

Public transportation

File:Station d' Autobus St-Jérôme.JPG

The Saint-Jérôme train and bus station is an intermodal bus and commuter train station. It serves bus routes operated by local transit agencies and by two intercity bus companies. Commuter trains to Montreal began to serve the station in January 2007, with four trains in each direction each business day.[4].


Uniroyal plant, built 1911–1930
Demolished building, 1994

Uniroyal, Dominion Rubber

  • In 1911, first rubber industry in St-Jerome, shoes production
  • In 1926, the industry is renamed Dominion Rubber.
  • In the 1950s, 37,000 shoes where produced for all over the world.
  • In 1966, the company is renamed UNIROYAL LTD.
  • In 1968, the company changed its production for automobile parts, crashpad.
  • In 1981, the company was sold to many cities like Woodbridge and Waterville.
  • In 1994 the building was demolished.


Saint-Jerome Hospital, Health Centre (Quebec, Canada)
Saint-Jerome Hospital, Health Centre (Quebec, Canada)

CSSS of St-Jerome, Hospital Centre

The Health centre and the social services (CSSS) of Saint-Jerome gathers three missions, that is to say the regional Hospital of Saint-Jerome, the CLSC and the lodging houses.
From its regional vocation, it radiates in all the area of Laurentides. The CSSS of Saint-Jerome has a whole history behind him since the construction of the hospital in 1949 and its opening the following year.

And a history they are not only facts. They are also people who believed in a project, which showed conviction and which knew to adapt to the contexts economic and sociodemographic in which they evolved/moved.

The raison d'être first of the establishment however did not change: to offer care and high quality services to the population. The CSSS of Saint-Jerome obtained in April 2007 the accreditation of establishment approved by Agrément Canada. This distinction confirms the constant efforts of all the organization in order to reach standards of quality of care and services offered in full safety to the users.


Saint-Jérôme is home to the Cégep de Saint-Jérôme, one of the Colleges of General and Vocational Education located in the province. It is also home to a new Saint-Jérôme branch campus of the Université du Québec en Outaouais.


  • Roman Catholic cathedral, which includes a small museum
  • Vieux-Palais modern art museum and public library
  • Musée d'art contemporain des Laurentides
  • Statue of Antoine Labelle, known as curé Labelle, who was principally responsible for the settlement of the Laurentians
  • Several summer festivals
  • It is an important stop on the north-south trunk of the "route verte" cycling path which makes it possible for nature lovers who are also pedaling enthusiasts to make short trips or excursions lasting several days from as far south as Blainville, Quebec on the outskirts of Montreal and as far north as Mont-Tremblant, Quebec without ever sharing the road with a motorized vehicle. North of Saint-Jérôme, the trail is known as the "P'tit Train du Nord" linear park [5] and is also used as a cross-country ski trail in winter.
  • Melançon Arena, an indoor arena

Notable people

  • Tod Campeau, Professional hockey player
  • Les Denis Drolets, two comedians
  • Jean-René Dufort, broadcaster
  • Boule Noire, singer
  • Arthur Thuot, artist-painter
  • Lionel Giroux alias Little Beaver, wrestler
  • Stéphane Ménard, musical producer
  • Jason Tessier, Professional hockey player



  • Population in 2006: 63,729 (2001 to 2006 population change: 6.9 %)
  • Population in 2001: 59,614
    • Saint-Jérôme: 24,583
    • Bellefeuille: 14,066
    • Saint-Antoine: 11,488
    • Lafontaine: 9,477
  • Population in 1996:
    • Saint-Jérôme: 23,916
    • Bellefeuille: 12,803
    • Saint-Antoine: 10,806
    • Lafontaine: 9,008
  • Population in 1991:
    • Saint-Jérôme: 23,384
    • Bellefeuille: 10,883
    • Saint-Antoine: 10,232
    • Lafontaine: 7,365

The 2006 census found that 95.6% of residents spoke French as their mother tongue.

The next most common languages were English (1.4%) and Spanish (1.0%).[7]

Mother TonguePopulationPercentage
English and French3150.50%
French and a non-official language450.07%
English and a non-official language250.04%

See also

External links


  1. ^ a b Histoire de Saint-Jérôme
  2. ^ a b Statistics Canada 2006 Census
  3. ^ Auclair, Elie-J., Saint-Jérôme de Terrebonne, Imprimerie J.H.A. Labelle, 1934, pages 13-35.
  4. ^ La Presse, 28 novembre 2006 "Saint-Jérôme aura son train de banlieue" par Jean-Paul Charbonneau
  5. ^ Government of Quebec – Parc Linéaire Le P'tit Train du Nord
  6. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  7. ^ "Saint-Jérôme, V". Detailed Mother Tongue (103), Knowledge of Official Languages (5), Age Groups (17A) and Sex (3) for the Population of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Divisions and Census Subdivisions, 2006 Census - 20% Sample Data. Statistics Canada. 2007-11-20. http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/topics/RetrieveProductTable.cfm?ALEVEL=3&APATH=3&CATNO=&DETAIL=0&DIM=&DS=99&FL=0&FREE=0&GAL=0&GC=99&GK=NA&GRP=1&IPS=&METH=0&ORDER=1&PID=89202&PTYPE=88971&RL=0&S=1&ShowAll=No&StartRow=1&SUB=701&Temporal=2006&Theme=70&VID=0&VNAMEE=&VNAMEF=&GID=773126. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 

Coordinates: 45°47′00″N 74°00′00″W / 45.7833333°N 74°W / 45.7833333; -74


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