The MRC de la Vallée-de-la-Gatineau
Located in the heart of the Outaouais, the MRC de La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau was incorporated under the Loi sur l’aménagement et l’urbanisme, in 1982.
It unites two municipalities governed by the Loi sur les cité et villes plus 15 municipalities governed by the Code municipal, in addition to 5 unorganized territories regrouped under its administration, for a total area of 13 424 square kilometers, equivalent to a third of Switzerland’s size, making it one of the largest MRCs in the province of Quebec.
Two Algonquin communities are also part of our territory: Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, south of Maniwaki, and Lac Barriere located in the heart of the Réserve faunique La Vérendrye.
The principal entrances to our region are Highway 105 from the city of Gatineau, and Highway 117, which connects the region to the Montreal-Abitibi area, crossing the northernmost portion of the Gatineau valley.
The MRC’s region is bounded to the south by the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais and the Municipalité de La Pêche, to the west by the ZEC Pontiac and the ZEC Bras-Coupé-Desert, to the north by the Réserve faunique La Verendrye and in the east by the MRC d’Antoine-Labelle.
The development of the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau’s region saw the light in the first half of the nineteenth century with the forest industry and the initial stages of agriculture.
Today, forest and agriculture still play a significant role, but the region also depends on a large quantity of resorts and outfitter lodges.
MRC's population reached 20 543, in 2016, according to the Institut de la statistique du Québec. The seasonal population is close to 20,000 people