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Coat of arms of Amqui
Coat of arms
Location within La Matapédia RCM.
Location within La Matapédia RCM.
Amqui is located in Eastern Quebec
Location in eastern Quebec.
Coordinates: 48°28′N 67°26′W / 48.467°N 67.433°W / 48.467; -67.433Coordinates: 48°28′N 67°26′W / 48.467°N 67.433°W / 48.467; -67.433[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Bas-Saint-Laurent
RCM La Matapédia
Settled 1870s
Constituted January 16, 1991
 • Mayor Gaëtan Ruest
 • Federal riding Haute-Gaspésie—La
 • Prov. riding Matane-Matapédia
 • Total 126.80 km2 (48.96 sq mi)
 • Land 120.81 km2 (46.65 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 6,322
 • Density 52.3/km2 (135/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 1.0%
 • Dwellings 2,925
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) G5J
Area code(s) 418 and 581
Highways Route 132
Route 195

Amqui (2011 Population 6,322) is a town in eastern Quebec, Canada, at the base of the Gaspé peninsula in Bas-Saint-Laurent. Located at the confluence of the Humqui and Matapédia Rivers, it is the seat of La Matapédia Regional County Municipality. The main access road is Quebec Route 132.

The Mi'kmaq word amqui, also spelled as humqui, ankwi, and unkoui, means "place of amusement or pleasure". It is likely referring to the location as a festive gathering place in the past of Native Americans, who maintained a presence in this area until the early twentieth century.[1]


Originally Mi'kmaq territory, the area was granted as a seignory by Louis de Buade de Frontenac to Charles-Nicolas-Joseph D’Amours in 1694. D'Amours died in 1728 and none of his descendants claimed the rights to the seignory. So it remained a remote and undeveloped land until the 19th century. In 1830 construction began on the Kempt Road, a strategic military road between Quebec and the Maritimes, completed in 1833, that opened the area to colonization. But it was the construction of the Intercolonial Railway in the 1870s that brought real development.

In 1879, the post office opened under the name Amqui. In 1881, the Mission of Saint-Benoît-Joseph-Labre was established, named after Benedict Joseph Labre. In 1889, the mission became a parish and the following year it was incorporated as the Parish Municipality of Saint-Benoît-Joseph-Labre.[1]

In 1907, the village itself separated from the parish municipality and was incorporated as the Village Municipality of Saint-Benoît-Joseph-Labre, renamed to Amqui in 1948. It gained town status in 1961.[1]

In January 1991, the Parish Municipality of Saint-Benoît-Joseph-Labre was merged into the Town of Amqui.[1]

Municipal council[edit]

  • Mayor: Gaëtan Ruest
  • Councillors: Paule Lévesque (district #1), Germain Boulianne (district #2), Diane Arbour (district #3), Égide Charest (district #4), Richard Leclerc (district #5), Jean-François Guay (district #6)



The central community of Amqui, excluding the smaller communities within its municipal boundaries, is counted as a population centre in Canadian census data, with a population of 4,557 in 2011; three non-contiguous parcels of land which were part of the pre-1991 boundaries of Amqui but are not sufficiently urbanized to be included in the primary population centre are also separately counted as a designated place, with a population of 258 in the same census.


According to the Statistics Canada website, 6,090 of Amqui's 6,120 residents speak French as their first language. In addition, 12% can speak both French and English.

Mother tongue Population Percentage
French 6,090 99.51%
English 10 0.16%
English and French 0 0%
Other languages 15 0.25%


The two-story Amqui railway station built in 1904, is served by Via Rail's Ocean, and Montreal – Gaspé trains. Both trains share the same rail line between Montréal and Matapédia. It is protected by the federal government under the Act on the Protection of heritage railway stations since 1993.

The station is representative of the boom at the turn of the century, and the associated expansion of the railways in general, the Intercolonial Railway of Canada (IRC) in particular. Amqui depended on the railway to transport their agricultural products and finished parts made of wood. Subsequently, Amqui became an important stop on the train's route from Montréal to Halifax, and from Montréal to Gaspé.

The design of the station Amqui is unusual for a station of the IRC. It is distinguished by its two-stage design, housing the housing of the station master and his family.[7]

Notable people from Amqui[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Amqui (ville)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  2. ^ a b "Amqui". Répertoire des municipalités (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  3. ^ a b c "Amqui census profile". 2011 Census data. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  4. ^ a b "Electronic Area Profiles". Canada 1996 Census. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2013-05-11. 
  5. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  6. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  7. ^ "Gare et wagon Lynnewood." Ville d'Amqui. Retrieved on 25 June 2012.

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