See also: Radisson (homonymy)
Radisson is a locality of the Québécois municipality of the Bay-James in Jamésie, in the administrative area of the North-of-Quebec; it is built on southern bank of the Large River and is with a few kilometers only southern limit of the district Arctique Québécois of the Nunavik. For this reason, the locality of Radisson is the community most Scandinavian Francophone of the Quebec, all the America and the world; it is also, in Quebec, the only not-indigenous community in the north of the parallel 53e. It is roughly located halfway between Montreal (with the southern of Quebec ) and the village inuit of Salluit in the Arctique (with the extreme-north of Quebec ). Radisson is distant of a few kilometers of the Hydroelectric station Robert-Bourassa, also built on the edges of the Large River.
History of the city, population and local economy
- Radisson was founded in 1974 in order to place the workers of the building sites of the Projet of the Bay-James and was named with the memory of Pierre-Spirit Radisson, a French explorer of the 17th active century in News-France.
Today , the population of Radisson is of approximately 350 inhabitants , figure stable since about fifteen years. Among them, approximately 250 permanent inhabitants and a hundred workers of Hydro-Quebec who reside there on a temporary basis. The locality, with the support of the municipality of the Bay-James and the Government of the Quebec, would seek with to attract new inhabitants (in particular immigrants of French-speaking countries) in order to redynamiser the city and to ensure its perenniality , but there does not exist coordinated strategy on this subject for the moment. With most extremely of the period of construction, in 1977, the locality counted approximately 2.500 inhabitants.
Hydro-Quebec and its subsidiary company, the Company of the energy of the Bay-James, constitutes the principal employers of the locality of Radisson. A significant part of the population works as for it in the tourism industry , which develops more and more and which represents, for many inhabitants, a way with a future for the diversification of the local economy and the development of the locality.
The Local government of Radisson is directed by a President of locality and its team. The town of Radisson often stresses " the spirit Pioneer " inhabitants of this very Scandinavian place. As a town of French language more in north in the world, Radisson is regarded as being the outpost of the world Francophonie in the areas Arctique S and sub-Arctic of the sphere (just like the town of Anchorage, in Alaska (the USA), is the anglophone Arctic ground outpost).
Services available to Radisson, city of Québécois Large-NorthIn spite of its distance, the town of Radisson offers a vast range of services to its residents and to the tourists . A service station , a hotel, a motel , a camp-site , a general store, a school , a church, a hospital , restaurants and bars serve in particular Radisson. In addition to all the pallet of the activities of leisures in the open air which allows similar a Environnement (in be: rafting, Excursion S, fishing, observation of the flora , etc; in Winter: ski touring, Motoneige, racket, etc; in all seasons: observation of local fauna , etc), it lays out of a great modern sports complex as well as semi-Olympic swimming pool .
So many services could seem a luxury in any town of similar size located in more moderated zone at the south, but the geographical insulation of Radisson into full Québécois Large-North, without any other human community with 100 kilometers with the round, makes useful and almost necessary such equipment for the quality of life of the inhabitants and the visitors.
A radio station specifically radissonienne is diffused bound for the inhabitants of the city. The population also has access to the principal television channels Québécois, of which VAT, Radio-Canada, TQS and TV-Quebec.
Access to Radisson, Scandinavian groundThe town of Radisson is located at 620 kilometers in the north of Matagami and one can reach it by various means of transport:
> by the road by borrowing long the Road of the Bay-James, who was built during the starting of the Project of the James Bay in the middle of the years 1970, undertaken by the Québécois State under the impulse of the Prime Minister Robert Bourassa, and who crosses immense Scandinavian territories before reaching this locality: Radisson represents the point " terminus" Scandinavian ( north-western side ) of the Québécois roads in the Large-North;
> or by plane , via the airport of '' Radisson - Large-River '', which is to 30 km of the city.
It should be noted that the community nearest to Radisson is to a hundred kilometers: it is about the village indigenous cry of Chisasibi, to 100 km in the west of Radisson and to 10 km of the Baie James very close to the mouth of the Large River. Thus, Radissonien which would wish to use in be the waterway to join Chisasibi could theoretically use a boat and reach the other city in a few hours via the Large River , but it would be without counting the various hydro-electric stoppings of this immense Fleuve majestic as well as the very strong currents which traverse it and make this voyage very difficult!
The east of Radisson, the Route Transtaïga makes it possible to go to the Réservoir Caniapiscau.
- Description of Radisson on the site of the Municipality of the Bay-James
- Description of Radisson on the site of the Québécois company of State of electricity
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