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Wednesday, April 14th, 2021


McWattersHistorical background

The first settlers arrived to McWatters around 1930. The municipality was named after a mining prospector, Dave McWatters, who also founded McWatters Gold Mines, where mining operations lasted from 1932 to 1944. The community was not established until 1938. At the time the main economic activities revolved around mining and timber operations.

In 1938, the Canadian International Paper Company built a large forest depot near the community, along the banks of Kinojévis River. The McWatters Depot subsequently became the supply depot of all the sites operated by a subsidiary company of CIP, Kipawa-Noranda. In fact, the tugs that pulled the logs purchased in the area of Rouyn on Kinojévis River were stationed at the McWatters Depot. The municipality was founded in 1979; for some time it bore the name 'Kinojévis', but it was subsequently renamed McWatters.

The parish of Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste was founded in 1941. A self-governing municipality since 1979, McWatters was constituted of three distinct and distant communities: McWatters, Farmborough and Joannès.

The 'rang des Allemands' is reminiscent of the federal camps for certain immigrants during World War II. To escape the oppression, immigrants of German origin sought refuge in that area. Virtually no trace remains of this recent past. The Farmborough cemetery is one of the last remnants of the only two protestant communities that ever existed in the MRC: Farmborough and Joannès.

In 2002, the municipality became a neighborhood of the new city of Rouyn-Noranda; 1, 876 persons live in the McWatters neighborhood.

Area description

The McWatters neighborhood is situated at the eastern limit of the city center, on Highway 117 between Rouyn-Noranda and Montreal. It covers a surface area of 385.8 km2 around the Rouyn-Noranda regional airport, on each side of Highway 117. The urban perimeter of the neighborhood is at a distance of about 6 k from the city center.

Except for certain sectors situated on eskers (Lake Vaudray and sectors north and south of the airport), clay soil is prevalent in McWatters.

McWatters divides into several sectors: the residential and commercial sectors account for some 6 %, the agricultural and industrial sectors for 1 %, and the forest for 65 %. The remaining 27 % is constituted of unused land and rocky outcrop, thus considered unproductive.

Contact us

McWatters Municipal Office
200, rue de McWatters
Rouyn-Noranda (Québec) J9Y 0H2
Telephone : 819 797-7110 # 2725
Fax : 819 762-1842

City of Rouyn-Noranda  100, Taschereau Est, C.P. 220, Rouyn-Noranda, QC J9X 5C3 | Phone: 819 797-7110 enveloppe or by email