Pilons Leave Their Mark on the Land
Canadian Geographic Place Names

by Jean-Luc Pilon

A search for the word "Pilon" in the geographic place names database of Natural Resources Canada yielded the results listed below. Quite obviously, our ancestors left their mark on this land. It would be intriguing to attempt to document the reasons which incited the attribution of these names to various parts of the country. However, that is a bit of research for some other time!

For now, we can offer the following observations:

To learn more about any of the place names which are listed below, you are referred to the National Topographic Service map sheet which is listed in the right hand column. You can also contact the Canadian Permanent Placenames Committee through their Web site at http://geonames.nrcan.gc.ca/english/Home.html.

A future research project could try to document the legacy of Pilons on the urban landscape by documenting street names which recognize the life and vitality of Pilons in their communities in the past. I dare say that there would be more of these than there are geographic place names!

Nom/Name Province/
Type Région/Location Carte SNRT/NTS Map
Pilon, Baie Québec baie/Bay Lac-Simon, Papineau 031G14
Pilon Bay Ontario  baie/Bay Kenora 043D12
Pilon, Cours d'eau Québec rivière/River Saint-Télesphore, Vaudreuil-Soulanges 031G08
Pilon, Cours d'eau Québec  rivière/River Dunham, Brome-Missisquoi 031H02
Pilon Creek Ontario rivière/River Sudbury 041P03
Pilon, Île Québec  île/Island Kiamika, Antoine-Labelle 031J06
Pilon Island Ontario île/Island Stormont 031G02
Pilon Island Nunavut  île/Island --- 056D00
Pilon, Lac Québec lac/Lake Leslie-Clapham-et-Huddersfield, Pontiac 031F15
Pilon, Lac Québec  lac/Lake Lac-Nilgaut, Pontiac 031K11
Pilon, Lac Québec  lac/Lake Lac-Simon, Papineau 031G14
Pilon, Lac Québec lac/Lake Obedjiwan, Le Haut-Saint-Maurice 031O15
Pilon, Lac Québec  lac/Lake Kiamika, Antoine-Labelle 031J06
Pilon, Lac Québec lac/Lake Cascades-Malignes, La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau 031K09
Pilon, Lac Québec  lac/Lake Sainte-Adèle, Les Pays-d'en-Haut 031G16
Pilon, Lac Québec lac/Lake Lac-Nilgaut, Pontiac 031K10
Pilon, Lac Québec  lac/Lake Rivière-de-la-Savane, Mékinac 031P04
Pilon, Lac Québec  lac/Lake Lac-Oscar, Antoine-Labelle 031O03
Pilon, Lac Québec lac/Lake Lac-Saint-Paul, Antoine-Labelle 031J14
Pilon, Lac Québec  lac/Lake Denholm, La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau 031G13
Pilon, Lac Québec lac/Lake Saint-Damien, Matawinie 031I05
Pilon, Lac Québec lac/Lake Lac-Nilgaut, Pontiac 031K03
Pilon, Lacs Québec  lac/Lake Rivière-Kipawa, Témiscamingue 031L07
Pilon Lake Ontario lac/Lake Algoma 041J08
Pilon Lake Ontario lac/Lake Sudbury 042B08
Pilon Lake Ontario lac/Lake Sudbury 041P03
Pilon, Pointe Québec  cap/Cape Saint-Timothée, Beauharnois-Salaberry 031H05
Pilon, Pointe à Québec  cap/Cape Baie-de-la-Bouteille, Matawinie 031I13
Pilon, Pointe à Québec cap/Cape Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot, Vaudreuil-Soulanges 031H05
Pilon, Ruisseau Québec rivière/River Saint-Timothée, Beauharnois-Salaberry 031H05
Pilon, Ruisseau Québec rivière/River Saint-Aimé-du-Lac-des-Îles, Antoine-Labelle 031J06
Pilon, Ruisseau Québec rivière/River Mirabel 031G09
Pilon, Ruisseau Québec rivière/River Lac-Nilgaut, Pontiac 031K11
Pilon, Ruisseau à Québec rivière/River Montcerf, La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau 031K09
Pilons Creek Ontario rivière/River Lanark 031F02
Pilons Lake Ontario  lac/Lake Lanark 031F02
Pilons Lake Ontario  lac/Lake Renfrew 031F06
Pilons Point Ontario cap/Cape Glengarry 031G02
Pilon-Vinet, Cours d'eau Québec  rivière/River Vaudreuil-Dorion, Vaudreuil-Soulanges 031G08

Former Place Names

Pilon, Lac La Verne, Lac Québec  lac/Lake Lac-Nilgaut, Pontiac 031K11
Pilon, Lac Saint-Jean, Lac Québec lac/Lake Mont-Tremblant, Les Laurentides 031J02
Pilon, Lac à Vaseux, Lac Québec  lac/Lake Lac-Simon, Papineau 031G14