After it merged with Saint-André-d’Acton, it’s became the biggest agglomeration of the Action regional county municipality (Municipalité régionale de comte d’Acton), with a population of around 8,000 people. Acton Vale was born in 1850 thanks to the building of the first international rail road in the world that crossed the canton of Acton and linked Montreal to Portland, Maine.
The town was erected in 1862. The name of Acton Vale comes from the canton of Acton in Monteregie situated at the foot of the Appalachian mountains (also see the description of the coat of arms). The development of the town is closely linked to the natural resources of the region, agriculture and forestry. For example, abundance of tsuga (Canadian pine) which provides tannin has always fostered the development of leather and shoe industries.
The town has several rubber and fabric plants. The total value of the land belonging to the municipality is around 350 million Canadian dollars and the annual budget of the town is more than 8 million dollars. The town of Acton Vale is caracterized by a strong economic activity with the manufacturing sector, commerce and agriculture providing the majority of jobs.
Newcomers will find interesting the fact that a big part of the municipality rural zones are used for agriculture including cattle, pig and milk farms as well as greenhouses and organic agriculture.
Agrotourism is also developing. Shoping is very diverse. Shops and boutiques are concentrated in the city center and Les Galeries Acton shopping mall. As an industrial town, Acton Vale has some skilled workforce. Several enterprises are grouped in an industrial park and the required infrastructures are ready to welcome even more companies. Among the companies of the town, there are Carriere Acton operating a large quarry/ cement works, Beaulieu Canada, the biggest carpet manufacturer in Canada that employs more than 1000 people, Acton International, the biggest shoe and boot manufacturer in Canada (600 jobs), Camoguid, parts machining, one of the biggest subcontractors of Bombardier, Pâtisserie Gaudet whose tartlets are even famous in the United States, Camoplast, manufacturer of fibreglass truck cabins, les Équipements Pierre Champigny specilizing in golf carts, Miss Arachew, coffee roaster and peanuts and nuts distributor, just to name a few.
The citizens have numerous resources at their disposal that allow them to benefit of an enviable quality of life.
There are several organisms in the town that provide diverse leisure activities : La Société culturelle et artistique de la région d’Acton-SCARA, concert hall of the school, Serge-Lemoyne square, municipal library. To get to Acton Vale, take road 116 or road 139. The town is situated in the middle of the triangle formed by the towns of Drummondville, Granby and Saint-Hyacinthe, at the crossroads of the 116 and 139.
You will be enchanted by kindness of Acton Vale population, dynamic economic activities, beauty and calm of nature in urban and rural settings. So, would you think of settling there?
Contact details of the town of Acton Vale :
1025, rue Boulay Acton Vale, Québec J0H 1A0
Phone : 450 546-2703
Official web site of the town of Acton Vale : www.ville.actonvale.qc.ca. Navigation is easy and the data are relevant and useful for the residents.