Population 10 626
This municipality was first created by Irish squatters, then Scottish, English, Loyalist and French- Canadian settlers. From the 1840s on, French speakers have become the majority. The 1920s saw the arrival of various Slavic ethnic communities – Russians, Poles, Ukrainians and others have settled here to form a unique mosaic, second only to that of Montreal. In recognition of this reality, there is a public “multicultural square” and a multiculturalism festival. The many churches (Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox, etc.) are well worth visiting. Rawdon is one of the main vacationing centres of the region and, due to the nearby Rouge and Ouareau rivers, is well known for its falls and waterways. Visit the Parc des Cascades and the Dorwin Falls, and learn about the fabulous legend of the witch, Nipissingue. This is where the Laurentian foothills begin, with the Ski Montcalm family ski centre not far away. Make a stop at La Source Bains Nordiques, a unique and magnificent place of true relaxation. Also awaiting you here are a beach, treetop trekking, golf club, skating, horseback riding, dog-sledding, resorts, kayak excursions and campsites. Make sure you stop at La Terre des Bisons, where you can learn all about these impressive animals.