Aguanish, Quebec

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Aguanish
Municipality
Aguanish is located in Côte-Nord Region Quebec
Aguanish
Aguanish
Location in Côte-Nord region of Quebec.
Coordinates: 50°13′N 62°05′W / 50.217°N 62.083°W / 50.217; -62.083Coordinates: 50°13′N 62°05′W / 50.217°N 62.083°W / 50.217; -62.083[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Côte-Nord
RCM Minganie
Settled 1849
Constituted January 1, 1957
Government[2]
 • Mayor Richard Noël
 • Federal riding Manicouagan
 • Prov. riding Duplessis
Area[2][3]
 • Total 672.10 km2 (259.50 sq mi)
 • Land 600.61 km2 (231.90 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 278
 • Density 0.5/km2 (1/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Decrease 8.3%
 • Dwellings 145
Time zone Within the AST legislated time zone boundary but observes EST [4] (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code(s) G0G 1A0
Area code(s) 418 and 581
Highways Route 138

Aguanish is a municipality and village in the Côte-Nord region of the province of Quebec in Canada.

In addition to Aguanish itself, the municipality also includes the community of L'Île-Michon, 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) to the east along Route 138. Economic activity primarily centers on crab and salmon fishing.[5]

The place is named after the Goynish or Aguanus River, that flows through and drains into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence right at the village. This word of Innu origin came from aguanus, in turn from akwanich, from the roots akwan (shelter) and ich (small). It has undergone many different spellings, including: Goines (17th century); Guanis, Goinis (1744 map by Bellin); Goynish (1776 map by Carver); Agwanus, Aguanus or Agouanus (maps of the 19th century).[1]

History[edit]

For a few years in the 1830s, the Hudson's Bay Company operated the Nabisipi trading post at the mouth of the Nabisipi River (just west of the current town site).

The first European inhabitants, fishermen from the Magdalen Islands, settled in the area circa 1849. They were joined in 1875 by people from Kégashka (today Kegaska) and from Nabisipi River. The place was incorporated as a municipality in 1957.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

Historical Census Data - Aguanish, Quebec[8]
Year Pop. ±%
1991 402 —    
1996 380 −5.5%
Year Pop. ±%
2001 343 −9.7%
2006 303 −11.7%
Year Pop. ±%
2011 278 −8.3%

Language[edit]

Canada Census Mother Tongue - Aguanish, Quebec[8]
Census Total
French
English
French & English
Other
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
2011
280
275 Decrease 5.2% 98.21% 5 Increase n/a% 1.79% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00% 0 Decrease 100.0% 0.00%
2006
300
290 Decrease 13.4% 96.67% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00% 10 Increase n/a% 3.33%
2001
335
335 Decrease 10.7% 100.00% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00%
1996
375
375 n/a 100.00% 0 n/a 0.00% 0 n/a 0.00% 0 n/a 0.00%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Aguanish (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  2. ^ a b Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire - Répertoire des municipalités: Aguanish
  3. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2001 censuses - 100% data". Statistics Canada, 2011 Census of Population. 2007-03-13. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  4. ^ National Research Council Canada - Time Zones & Daylight Saving Time
  5. ^ "Aguanish" (in French). GrandQuebec.com. Archived from the original on 11 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  6. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  7. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  8. ^ a b Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census