Bourget, Ontario

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Bourget

Bourget is a village in Eastern Ontario, Canada, near the Cobbs Lake Creek, in the city of Clarence-Rockland in the United Counties of Prescott and Russell.

It was named after Ignace Bourget, who was bishop of Montreal from 1841 to 1876.[citation needed]

During the 1920s, logging of the white pine forests in this area had left a barren sandy area then known as the "Bourget Desert". Since that time, millions of trees were planted and this area is now known as the Larose Forest (45°23′47″N 75°8′15″W / 45.39639°N 75.13750°W / 45.39639; -75.13750). Is named after Ferdinand Larose an agronomist who instigated and planned the planting of the trees to the lands not good for agriculture.[1] East of Bourget during spring, Cobbs Lake Creek floods into the neighbouring fields and briefly hosts tens of thousands of migrating Greater Snow Geese and smaller numbers of migrants such as Northern Pintail ducks and Canada geese.

Two major roads pass through Bourget: one of them, the Russell Road (County Road 2), is used by commuters in the morning heading into Ottawa from the Eastern Ontario region; Champlain Street (County Road 8), which connects Rockland (north) to Casselman (south). After the 417 overpass southward of the County Road 8, it becomes the Provincial Highway 138 connecting to Cornwall, Ontario which is the second road passing through Bourget. This route is one of the few connecting the north to the south. The Prescott and Russell Recreational Trail, which uses a former Canadian Pacific railway right-of-way, also passes through the village.

Bourget is slowly expanding. Many housing projects are being developed in the northern part of town, and the small business sector is growing in the heart of Bourget with the opening of a small strip mall.

Population:

  • City Of Clarence-Rockland: 20,790 people (2006 Census)

Notable people from Bourget[edit]

Bourget was also the home of:

  • Stéphane Yelle, professional ice hockey centre for the NHL currently in an office position with the Colorado Avalanche
  • Luc Lalonde, professional operatic baritone who now lives in Paris
  • Marc Dorion, professional ice sledge hockey player
  • Patrick Castonguay, professional Audio Operator, goodwill ambassador of Bourget.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Forest to Desert to Forest - History of the Larose Forest". Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2009-06-01. [permanent dead link]

Coordinates: 45°26′00″N 79°09′30″W / 45.43333°N 79.15833°W / 45.43333; -79.15833