Cacouna, Quebec

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Location within Rivière-du-Loup RCM.
Location within Rivière-du-Loup RCM.
Cacouna is located in Eastern Quebec
Location in eastern Quebec.
Coordinates: 47°55′N 69°30′W / 47.917°N 69.500°W / 47.917; -69.500Coordinates: 47°55′N 69°30′W / 47.917°N 69.500°W / 47.917; -69.500[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Bas-Saint-Laurent
RCM Rivière-du-Loup
Constituted March 22, 2006
 • Mayor Ghislaine Daris
 • Federal riding Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup
 • Prov. riding Rivière-du-Loup-Témiscouata
 • Total 173.70 km2 (67.07 sq mi)
 • Land 63.28 km2 (24.43 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 1,939
 • Density 30.6/km2 (79/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 4.6%
 • Dwellings 961
Postal code(s) G0L 1G0
Area code(s) 418 and 581
A-20 / TCH

Route 132
Route 191
Route 291

Cacouna is a municipality[2] in the Rivière-du-Loup Regional County Municipality within the Bas-Saint-Laurent region of Quebec. It is located on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River along Route 132.

It was established on March 22, 2006 when the former village and the former parish municipality that were both called Saint-Georges-de-Cacouna merged into a municipality under the name "Cacouna".[4]

The port of Gros-Cacouna is situated on the river. The Maliseet First Nations of Viger reserve also called Cacouna is located nearby.

The extensive salt marshes near the port are an important habitat for migrating waterfowl.

The name "Cacouna" comes from the Algonquin word kàgonàng, meaning "land of the porcupine".[5]

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