Granby, Quebec

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Granby
Town
Rue Principale (Main Street).
Rue Principale (Main Street).
Coat of arms of Granby
Coat of arms
Official logo of Granby
Logo
Motto: Pour y parvenir
Location within La Haute-Yamaska RCM.
Location within La Haute-Yamaska RCM.
Granby is located in Southern Quebec
Granby
Granby
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°24′N 72°44′W / 45.400°N 72.733°W / 45.400; -72.733Coordinates: 45°24′N 72°44′W / 45.400°N 72.733°W / 45.400; -72.733[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
RegionMontérégie
RCMLa Haute-Yamaska
ConstitutedJanuary 1, 2007
Government[2][3]
 • MayorPascal Bonin
 • Federal ridingShefford
 • Prov. ridingGranby
Area[2][4]
 • Town156.10 km2 (60.27 sq mi)
 • Land152.72 km2 (58.97 sq mi)
 • Urban[5]90.53 km2 (34.95 sq mi)
 • Metro[6]396.52 km2 (153.10 sq mi)
Population (2011)[4]
 • Town63,433
 • Density415.3/km2 (1,076/sq mi)
 • Urban[5]60,281
 • Urban density665.8/km2 (1,724/sq mi)
 • Metro[6]77,077
 • Metro density194.4/km2 (503/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011Increase 6.8%
 • Dwellings29,131
Time zoneEST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s)J2G, J2H, J2J
Area code(s)450 and 579
Highways Route 112
Route 137
Route 139
Websitewww.ville.granby.qc.ca
 
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Granby
Town
Rue Principale (Main Street).
Rue Principale (Main Street).
Coat of arms of Granby
Coat of arms
Official logo of Granby
Logo
Motto: Pour y parvenir
Location within La Haute-Yamaska RCM.
Location within La Haute-Yamaska RCM.
Granby is located in Southern Quebec
Granby
Granby
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°24′N 72°44′W / 45.400°N 72.733°W / 45.400; -72.733Coordinates: 45°24′N 72°44′W / 45.400°N 72.733°W / 45.400; -72.733[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
RegionMontérégie
RCMLa Haute-Yamaska
ConstitutedJanuary 1, 2007
Government[2][3]
 • MayorPascal Bonin
 • Federal ridingShefford
 • Prov. ridingGranby
Area[2][4]
 • Town156.10 km2 (60.27 sq mi)
 • Land152.72 km2 (58.97 sq mi)
 • Urban[5]90.53 km2 (34.95 sq mi)
 • Metro[6]396.52 km2 (153.10 sq mi)
Population (2011)[4]
 • Town63,433
 • Density415.3/km2 (1,076/sq mi)
 • Urban[5]60,281
 • Urban density665.8/km2 (1,724/sq mi)
 • Metro[6]77,077
 • Metro density194.4/km2 (503/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011Increase 6.8%
 • Dwellings29,131
Time zoneEST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s)J2G, J2H, J2J
Area code(s)450 and 579
Highways Route 112
Route 137
Route 139
Websitewww.ville.granby.qc.ca

Granby is a town in southwestern Quebec, located east of Montreal. The population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 63,433. Granby is the seat of La Haute-Yamaska Regional County Municipality. It is the fourth most populated town in Montérégie after Longueuil, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, and Brossard. The town is named after John Manners, Marquess of Granby.

History[edit]

The town of Granby seen in 1883.

Granby area was inhabited by the First Nations until the late 18th century.[7] On October 5, 1760, Major Robert Rogers, with a company of 200 men launched punitive expedition burning everything in its path.[7]

In 1792, Loyalists were granted permission to colonize the Eastern Townships. In January 29, 1803, the Executive Council of Quebec conceded the Township of Granby to Colonel Henry Caldwell and his 97 associates.[7] John Horner, the first inhabitant who settled on the site of the current town arrived in 1813. Horner built a sawmill near the Yamaska River. Twelve years later, in 1825, he opened a general store with Richard Frost.[7] Frost traced the official plans later that same year.[8]

Granby became an incorporated municipality in 1816 and a town in 1971.

In May 2006, the citizens of Granby and Granby Township held a referendum on a possible merger. A majority of citizens of the two municipalities approved the merger, which took effect on January 1, 2007.[9]

Geography[edit]

Granby is located approximately halfway between Montreal and Sherbrooke along Autoroute 10. Granby is crossed by the Yamaska River that is a tributary of Lake Boivin.

Demographics[edit]

St. George's Anglican Church.
Église Sainte-Famille.
Population trend:[10]
CensusPopulationChange (%)
201163,433Increase 6.8%
Merger59,385 (+)Increase 19.8%
200647,637Increase 8.0%
200144,121Increase 1.9%
199643,316Increase 1.2%
199142,804N/A

(+) Amalgamation of the City and the Township of Granby into the town of Granby on January 1, 2007.

Mother tongue language (2006)[11]
LanguagePopulationPct (%)
French only43,55094.47%
English only9001.95%
Both English and French1200.26%
Other languages1,5303.32%

Economy & Attractions[edit]

Granby is a regional center for industries (textile, lumber, dairy products) and commercial zone, but is also a tourist town, due to the presence of the important Granby Zoo, founded by the Mayor Horace Boivin. It hosts a Fête des Mascottes ("Mascot Festival") each year in July.

Granby is the host of the yearly "Festival de la chanson de Granby" ("Granby Song Festival") in which many well-known artists, such as Jean Leloup and Luc De Larochellière, have first gained public exposure.

Granby also hosts the international classic car show with over 2500 antiques, vintage, hot rods, muscle cars and classic imports cars every summer. Granby's annual classic car show

Granby is also home to the Galeries de Granby regional shopping mall which has 106 stores.[12]

Sports[edit]

Granby is the location of the annual Challenger Banque Nationale de Granby of the ATP Challenger Tour, which takes place at the Club de Tennis des Loisirs de Granby.

The Granby Inouk of the Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League are based in Granby. The Inouk play their home games at the Leonard Grondin Arena.

Granby is also home to the Ligue de Baseball Senior Élite du Québec's Granby Guerriers. The Guerriers play their home games at Napoléon Fontaine Stadium.

From 1981 to 1997, Granby was home to a QMJHL team, originally called the Granby Bisons but changed to the Granby Prédateurs in 1995. The team won the Memorial Cup in 1996. In 1997, the franchise relocated to Sydney, Nova Scotia and became the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Both teams played at Leonard Grondin Arena.

Transportation[edit]

The public transit department of the town is Transport urbain Granby. Until 1956, it was the eastern terminus of the Montreal and Southern Counties Railway's Montreal-Granby Line.

Climate data for Granby
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)17.5
(63.5)
16.5
(61.7)
23.9
(75)
29.0
(84.2)
31.1
(88)
34.4
(93.9)
36.1
(97)
35.6
(96.1)
32.2
(90)
28.9
(84)
23.9
(75)
17.2
(63)
36.1
(97)
Average high °C (°F)−5.5
(22.1)
−4.0
(24.8)
1.9
(35.4)
10.0
(50)
18.1
(64.6)
22.6
(72.7)
25.0
(77)
23.6
(74.5)
18.5
(65.3)
11.8
(53.2)
4.5
(40.1)
−2.2
(28)
10.4
(50.7)
Daily mean °C (°F)−10.0
(14)
−8.5
(16.7)
−2.3
(27.9)
5.4
(41.7)
12.9
(55.2)
17.6
(63.7)
20.1
(68.2)
18.9
(66)
14.0
(57.2)
7.7
(45.9)
1.1
(34)
−6.3
(20.7)
5.9
(42.6)
Average low °C (°F)−14.5
(5.9)
−12.9
(8.8)
−6.6
(20.1)
0.7
(33.3)
7.7
(45.9)
12.6
(54.7)
15.2
(59.4)
14.1
(57.4)
9.4
(48.9)
3.6
(38.5)
−2.4
(27.7)
−10.3
(13.5)
1.4
(34.5)
Record low °C (°F)−37.0
(−34.6)
−35.0
(−31)
−31.1
(−24)
−17.2
(1)
−5.0
(23)
−1.0
(30.2)
1.7
(35.1)
2.0
(35.6)
−3.0
(26.6)
−8.9
(16)
−18.9
(−2)
−33.0
(−27.4)
−37.0
(−34.6)
Precipitation mm (inches)103.9
(4.091)
74.5
(2.933)
92.8
(3.654)
88.4
(3.48)
93.2
(3.669)
107.4
(4.228)
128.1
(5.043)
124.9
(4.917)
110.2
(4.339)
99.1
(3.902)
105.8
(4.165)
104.3
(4.106)
1,236.6
(48.685)
Rainfall mm (inches)34.1
(1.343)
22.0
(0.866)
43.7
(1.72)
68.7
(2.705)
92.3
(3.634)
107.4
(4.228)
128.1
(5.043)
124.9
(4.917)
110.2
(4.339)
96.1
(3.783)
75.1
(2.957)
38.9
(1.531)
941.5
(37.067)
Snowfall cm (inches)69.8
(27.48)
52.5
(20.67)
49.1
(19.33)
19.7
(7.76)
0.9
(0.35)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
3.0
(1.18)
30.7
(12.09)
65.4
(25.75)
291.2
(114.65)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm)1914.814.813.514.214.514.013.613.313.816.918.1180.5
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm)4.43.96.911.014.114.514.013.613.313.311.66.0126.6
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm)16.612.610.14.20.1700000.827.314.165.89
Source: Environment Canada [13]

Twin towns[edit]

Granby's twin cities are:

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reference number 26164 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (French)
  2. ^ a b Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire: Granby
  3. ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: SHEFFORD (Quebec)
  4. ^ a b 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Granby, Quebec
  5. ^ a b "2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Granby, Quebec (population centre)". 2012-10-22. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Granby (Census agglomeration), Quebec. The census agglomeration consists of Granby, Bromont, Saint-Alphonse-de-Granby, Saint-Paul-d'Abbotsford. In the 2006 census, the census agglomeration had not included Saint-Paul-d'Abbotsford.
  7. ^ a b c d Aimé Laurion, Un siècle d’histoire : Les bâtisseurs de Granby 1859-1959, La Voix de l'Est, 1959, 160 p
  8. ^ Mario Gendron, Johanne Rochon et Richard Racine, Granby : Patrimoine et histoire, Société d'histoire de la Haute-Yamaska, 2009, 154 p. (ISBN 978-2-9807338-6-4)
  9. ^ La ville et le canton de Granby fusionnent - LCN - Régional
  10. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  11. ^ 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Granby, Quebec. The 2006 census figures applies to the old pre-merger city (not including the former township).
  12. ^ "Les Galeries de Granby". The Westcliff Group of Companies. 2007. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "Canadian Climate Normals 1971-2000 - Canada's National Climate Archive". Environment Canada. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  14. ^ Griffin, Mary (2011-08-02). "Coventry's twin towns". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  15. ^ "Coventry - Twin towns and cities". Coventry City Council. Archived from the original on 2013-04-14. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 

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