Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine

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This article is about the region. For the electoral district, see Gaspésie—Îles-de-la-Madeleine. For the federal electoral district, see Abitibi—Témiscamingue.
Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine
Administrative region
LocationGaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine.png
Coordinates: 48°41′N 65°24′W / 48.683°N 65.400°W / 48.683; -65.400Coordinates: 48°41′N 65°24′W / 48.683°N 65.400°W / 48.683; -65.400
Country Canada Canada
Province Quebec Quebec
Regional County Municipalities (RCM) and Equivalent Territories (ET)
Area[1]
 • Land 20,308.67 km2 (7,841.22 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 94,079
 • Density 4.6/km2 (12/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code G
Area code 418, 581
Website www.gaspesie-iles-de-la-madeleine.gouv.qc.ca
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Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine (French pronunciation: ​[ɡaspezi il də la madlɛn]) is an administrative region of Quebec consisting of the Gaspé Peninsula and the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. It lies in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence at the eastern extreme of Quebec. The predominant economic activities are fishing, forestry and tourism.

The administrative region of Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine was created on December 22, 1987. It brings together two geographical units: the Gaspé peninsula (20,102.69 km2) and the Magdalen Islands archipelago (205.4 km2). The population is 94,336 (2006 census). The region is projected into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, at the eastern extremity of Quebec. The region's interior, 80% of which is covered by coniferous forests, is among the most rugged terrain in the province. Rich soils cover the land along the coast and within the region's river valleys. Important mineral deposits are also found in this region.

Forty-two local municipalities are located in the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, along with seven unorganized territories, two reserves, and one Mi'kmaq community. With the exception of a few villages, the entire population is spread out along the coast, in villages with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants. Its largest community is the city of Gaspé (2006 population 14,819), near the tip of the peninsula.

The region has undergone many stresses which have influenced the evolution of its economy. The decrease in population as well as in primary resources, the weak diversity of secondary economic activities, and the seasonal nature of many of its jobs are all elements that explain the fragility of the job market. Tourism plays a vital part in the region's economy.

Subdivisions[edit]

Regional County Municipalities

Independent Municipalities

Indian Reserves

Major communities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "(Code 2410) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012. 

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