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Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

Arntfield 

Historical background

They named it Arntfield in honor of Frederick S. Arntfield, a Toronto businessman who invested in the mining industry of this part of the region. But it first bore the name of Provencher in honor of Arthur Provencher, who moved here to accommodate travelers who wished to work in mines.

After spending many years exploring the area of Kirkland Lake, Auguste Renaud and Alphonse Ollier stretched their area of exploration to the province of Québec. Their efforts paid off in June 1906, when they discovered a quartz sample with large gold particles on the edge of a lake, which after this discovery, was named Fortune Lake.

The discovery was followed by the arrival of other explorers, the construction and development of mining shafts and the colonization of new lands.

From the 1930s to the late 1940s, Arntfield experienced a period of economic prosperity characteristic of mining villages where growth is in full swing. From 1934 to 1938, many traders and merchants moved to Arntfield: Jos Montemurro to open his first grocery store, René Jodoin to build a hotel, and others to set up a bank, a shoemaking shops, a bakery, a gas station, a garage, a drug store, a hairdressing salon, a bowling alley and a theatre. In 1938, the people call it the parish of Arntfield.

In 1980, Arntfield acquired the status of municipality after being an unorganized territory under the jurisdiction of the Temiscamingue county council since its early days.

With the amalgamation of all the municipalities in 2002, Arntfiled became a neighborhood of the new Ville de Rouyn-Noranda.

In 2013, the population of this choice vacation destination will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the parish.

Area description

Only 21 km from the urban heartland of Rouyn-Noranda, Arntfield is the western gateway to the city for visitors from Ontario. It bears the mark of the flourishing mining industry that led to its birth and is influenced by the sustained residential growth that resort zones in that area have experienced for nearly 20 years. More than two thirds of the buildings are located in a resort zone. Arntfield offers great potential for recreational and tourist development, mainly due to the presence of Kekeko Hills, Swinging Hills (Mount Kanasuta and Mount Cheminis), Lake Dasserat and Lake Opasatica.

The Artnfield neighborhood is part of the western district, together with the Montbeillard and Rollet neighborhoods. Lake Opasatica, the dominant feature of the geographical landscape of the district, forms a bond between three neighborhoods otherwise linked by Highway 101.

Contact us

Arntfield Municipal Office
15, avenue Fugère, C.P. 46
Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec) J0Z 1B1
Telephone : 819 797-7110 # 2241
Fax : 819 279-2481

 


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