Pioneers first began clearing the land and establishing homesteads across our lake-, river- and resource-rich region in the 19th century. The whole area was ultimately divided into concessions that were then awarded to settlers for their homes and farms. At the time, residents worked mainly in the mining and forestry sectors.
Over the years, the region’s new inhabitants built roads, bridges, mills, sawmills, churches, post offices, general stores, county schools, ironworks, hotels and other businesses, which together gave shape to the villages of Perkins, Saint-Pierre-de-Wakefield and Poltimore. In the early 20th century, the area was a magnet for hunting and fishing enthusiasts, including many from the United States.
In 1974, on the instructions of then minister Victor Goldbloom, Québec’s ministry of municipal affairs amalgamated a number of municipalities across the province. Among these were Perkins, Saint-Pierre-de-Wakefield and Poltimore, which merged to create what we know today as Val-des-Monts.
Since then, Val-des-Monts has grown considerably, spanning close to 480 square kilometres and boasting more than 270 kilometres of roadways, as well as quality leisure and community infrastructures (arena, two boat launches, public beach, three libraries, skateboard parks, play structures, softball diamonds, soccer pitches, community halls, etc.)