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Wednesday, April 14th, 2021


RolletHistorical background

This parish was named Sainte-Monique-de-Rollet in honor of Marie Rollet, Canada’s first female settler and wife of Louis Hébert, as per the wishes of the founding parish priest, Léonidas Leroux.

In 1933-1934, the parish of Rollet witnessed the creation of two sawmills. If the businesses meant to meet the needs of the settlers, they chiefly supplied lumber to the local mining industry and to Toronto buyers. The 1940s were exceptionally prosperous years for the lumber industry, with two sawmills operating 24 hours a day in peak periods. In the wintertime, these companies employed some 200 forestry workers.

Until the year 1957, timber exploitation was the key economic activity sector of Rollet. In 1964, a subsidiary company of John Lewis Inc., a coffee stick manufacturer established in Grand-Mère, Quebec, opened a plant in Rollet. It employed 40 persons not to mention the many forestry workers who ensured adequate supplies in white birch. The plant was engaged in this type of production for 15 years, but it closed its doors for good in 1981. In 1984, laid-off workers created the 'Coopérative des travailleurs de Rollet'. The workers’ cooperative reopened a sawmill that remained operational for another 12 years. In 1999, it maintained a few tree planting and brushwood clearing jobs.

The lands provided excellent crops for livestock. In 1994, there were 15 operational farms in Rollet; 12 of them were cattle farms. In 1999, there were only 6 left.

In 1979, the parish became a municipality and held its very first municipal council.

In 2002, the municipality of Rollet became a neighborhood of Ville de Rouyn-Noranda after the amalgamation of all the municipalities of the MRC.

Area description

Rollet is one of the neighborhoods situated the farthest from the urban center of Rouyn-Noranda. The village center is at a distance of 54 km southwest of Rouyn-Noranda. As the southern gateway to Rouyn-Noranda, it welcomes travelers from Témiscamingue.

Rollet is part of the western district of Rouyn-Noranda, together with Arntfield and Montbeillard. Lake Opasatica is the predominant geographical feature of the district and forms a bond between the three neighborhoods. Solitaire River, which connects Lake Opasatica with Lake Rémigny, also runs through Rollet. Resort activities are a predominant characteristic of this district, which hosts 50% or resort properties in Rouyn-Noranda. This is less prevalent in Rollet. Highway 101 constitutes the road link between the three neighborhoods and passes through the village of Arntfield. The residents of Rollet can also drive to Rouyn-Noranda via Road 391 passing through Cloutier and Beaudry.

Contact us

Rollet Municipal Office
12570, boulevard Rideau
Rouyn-Noranda (Québec) J0Z 3J0
Telephone : 819 797-7110 # 4141
Fax : 819 493-1290

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