La Tuque

In 1904 the Brown Corp, an American paper company, bought the falls and neighbouring lands and in 1907 built a pulp mill powered by electricity from a dam. The town born of this industry grew and became the gathering point for forest workers.

La Tuque

La Tuque

La Tuque, Qué, Town, pop 11 821 (2006c), 12 488 (2001A), inc 1911. La Tuque is located on the Rivière ST-MAURICE, 165 km north of Trois-Rivières. Isolated in a huge forest zone in the heart of the Maurice region, the town was built at the start of the 20th century on the site of a former trading post. It owes its name to a mountain shaped like a triangular woolen hat, popularly known as a "tuque."

In 1904 the Brown Corp, an American paper company, bought the falls and neighbouring lands and in 1907 built a pulp mill powered by electricity from a dam. The town born of this industry grew and became the gathering point for forest workers. The hydroelectric station, whose power was increased in 1943, is used by HYDRO-QUÉBEC. In 1954 the Canadian International Paper Co (CIP) bought the pulp mill, which it operates today. La Tuque lives primarily from FORESTRY and its derivatives: mills and construction wood and paper products. CIP makes industrial wrapping paper, cartons and bleached kraft paper.