Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Qué, Town, pop 9679 (2006c), 8687 (2001cA), inc 1915. Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts is located in the Rivière Nord Valley on the shore of magnificent Lac des Sables. Called the "Metropolis of the Laurentides," it is the region's oldest tourist centre. From 1849 to 1861, 27 families colonized the area, followed by 35 others from 1861 to 1865.
In the 19th century, Sainte-Agathe had only a few sawmills, but the construction of the Montreal and Occidental Railway in 1892 (replaced by the CPR in 1900) encouraged tourism and the development of the hotels that have become the region's economic mainstay. Today, most employment is in commerce, the service sector and hotels. Resort goers triple the local population.