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Regarding the area code for Nitchequon, Québec, it appears that Nitchequon was a meteorological field station which is now abandoned and the town uninhabited. It is not clear that Nitchequon ever had regular telephone service. If it is ever re-inhabited, we’ll find out then whether it will be 819 or 418, or some other future code. Nitchequon is on Lac Nichicum (Nichicun?), approximately on a line between Radisson, Québec, and Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador; just west of a line connecting Chicoutimi and Kuujjuaq, near 53.2° N 70.9° W. It’s not the same place as Natashquan.

If you know whether Newfoundland and Labrador were included in the original area code 902 in 1947, also please let me know. The best information I have found strongly suggests that they were, but confirmation never hurts. Newfoundland and Labrador did not become part of Canada until 1949, but I have not been able to find any documentation to indicate when Newfoundland was incorporated into the area code system. In the period from 1947 to 1949, Newfoundland may have been part of 902, or it may have been reachable only by a manual connection by the Inward Operator in some nearby city in Canada (possibly Halifax). It may have joined 902 in 1949, or it may have joined at some point after that. It appears to have been part of 902 in 1955, when New Brunswick and Newfoundland split to form 506. Then, in 1962, Newfoundland split off to form its current 709 area code. If you know anyone who worked in any of the telcos of Newfoundland or the Maritime Provinces in the postwar era, I’d be very interested to know the chronology of Newfoundland’s telephonic integration with the rest of Canada and the NANP.

I also am always interested in any URLs of area code split resources, especially maps of upcoming splits.


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