Radisson is at the end of the James Bay Highway (route de la Baie-James). Founded in 1974 to house people working on the “Project of the Century”, it is Québec’s only non-native community north of the 53rd parallel. Once the megaprojects were completed, people who loved the North stayed in the young community, ensuring its continued existence. Located in the heart of the La Grande hydroelectric complex, Radisson is the site of the largest underground hydroelectric powerhouse in the world, known as Robert-Bourassa or LG-2.
Resulting from the merger of Beaucanton, founded in 1935, and Val-Paradis, founded in 1942, Valcanton was legally constituted in 2001. It is located at the southwestern entrance to the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Territory, just north of the 49th parallel. These two villages were built at a time when settlers were arriving from all over Quebec in hope of a better life. Agriculture and forestry are the primary drivers of the local economy. Valcanton is also known for its many covered bridges.
The locality of Villebois is located at the southwestern entrance to the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Territory, just north of the 49th parallel. Attracted by its agricultural and forest resources, the region’s first settlers crossed the Turgeon River aboard a barge called La Rosanna, a replica of which still stands at the entrance of Villebois. The locality, home of famous nurse Blanche Pronovost (daughter of Émilie Bordeleau, ''Les Filles de Caleb''), consists mainly of farmland and forest.