|Cap-Chat (Cape Cat)|
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|Constituted||March 15, 2000|
|• Mayor||Judes Landry|
|• Federal riding||Haute-Gaspésie—La
|• Prov. riding||Gaspé|
|• Total||207.40 km2 (80.08 sq mi)|
|• Land||181.89 km2 (70.23 sq mi)|
|• Density||14.4/km2 (37/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2006-2011||5.5%|
|Time zone||EST (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−4)|
|Postal code(s)||G0J 1E0|
|Area code(s)||418 and 581|
Cap-Chat (English: Cape Cat) is a town in the Canadian province of Québec, in the Regional County Municipality of Haute-Gaspésie, and in the administrative region of Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine. Cap-Chat is found 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) west of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts. As of 2006, Cap-Chat's population is 2,777.
In addition to Cap-Chat itself, the town's territory also includes the communities of Cap-Chat-Est, Capucins, and Petit-Fonds.
There are two theories about the origin of the town's name. One simply holds that the headland called Cap-Chat bore a likeness to a cat ("chat" in French). The other theory is a bit more fanciful. According to a local legend, a cat walking along the shore killed and ate various animals, whereupon the "cat fairy" accused him of having eaten her offspring. For his punishment, the cat was turned into stone for ever.
Cap-Chat was one of the prime viewing areas for the total solar eclipse of July 10, 1972. Unfortunately, cloudy skies prevented most observers from viewing the total phase of the eclipse.
On March 15, 2000, the Municipality of Capucins was amalgamated into the Town of Cap-Chat.
- Population in 1996:
- Cap-Chat (ville): 2847
- Capucins (municipality): 280
- Population in 1991:
- Cap-Chat (ville): 2926
- Capucins (municipality): 290
Cap-Chat has become synonymous with wind energy. There is a wind farm there containing 76 wind generators in revenue service. Each one of these is a horizontal axis wind turbine (HAWT), but there is also to be seen there one called Éole, which is the world's tallest vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) at 110 m. It is capable of producing 4 MW of power. Everything that there is to know about wind power at Cap-Chat may be learnt at the interpretative centre at the wind farm.
Cap-Chat has other things that are worth seeing, such as the aforesaid cat-shaped headland, and a lighthouse.
Those interested in wilderness and spectacular scenery can explore the areas inland from Cap-Chat, where there was once a village called Saint-Octave-de-l'Avenir (which ironically means Saint Octavius of the Future, though it's long in the past now). Salmon fishing and moose hunting are other activities available in the Cap-Chat area, as are hiking, horseback riding, and off-road four-wheel drive excursions in the back country.
- "Cap-Chat (Ville)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
- "Cap-Chat". Répertoire des municipalités (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
- "Cap-Chat census profile". 2011 Census data. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
- "Cap-Chat community profile". 2006 Census data. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
- "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
- "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
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