|Motto: In Fide Plantati et Radicati|
Location within Charlevoix-Est RCM.
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Constituted||December 1, 1999|
|• Mayor||Michel Couturier|
|• Federal riding||Montmorency—Charlevoix
|• Prov. riding||Charlevoix–Côte-de-Beaupré|
|• Total||695.90 km2 (268.69 sq mi)|
|• Land||459.34 km2 (177.35 sq mi)|
|• Density||19.3/km2 (50/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2006–2011||1.1%|
|Time zone||EST (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−4)|
|Area code(s)||418 and 581|
|Highways|| Route 138
La Malbaie is a municipality in the Charlevoix-Est Regional County Municipality in the province of Quebec, Canada, situated on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River, at the mouth of the Malbaie River. It was formerly known as Murray Bay.
In 1608, Samuel de Champlain visited the area. He could not find suitable anchorage for his ship in the bay and therefore named it Malle Baye (archaic French for "bad/poor bay"), a name further justified when during low tide the bay dried up and his ships ran aground.
In 1761, two Scottish officers of the British Army were attracted to the beauty of the place, and they each sought to obtain a concession. John Nairne (1731–1802) received the western shores of the Malbaie River, that he thereafter called the Seignory of Murray Bay that included the settlement of La Malbaie. Malcolm Fraser (1733–1815) was granted the eastern part that became the Seignory of Mount Murray. They also renamed the bay, the settlement, and river after James Murray (1721–1794), British General and successor of Wolfe. Although this name never received official approval, in the 18th and 19th centuries Murray Bay had become the internationally accepted toponym, but La Malbaie remained in local use.
In 1774, the Parish of Saint-Étienne was formed. In 1845, the place was first incorporated as the Municipality of La Malbaie, but it was abolished in 1847. It was reestablished in 1855 as the Parish Municipality of Saint-Étienne-de-Murray-Bay. In 1896, the village itself separated from the parish municipality and was incorporated as the Village Municipality of La Malbaie.
In 1957, Saint-Étienne-de-Murray-Bay was renamed to Saint-Etienne-de-la-Malbaie. A year later, the Village Municipality of La Malbaie changed status and became the Town of La Malbaie, that annexed the parish municipality in 1965.
On February 15, 1995, the Town of La Malbaie and the Village Municipality of Pointe-au-Pic merged to form the Town of La Malbaie–Pointe-au-Pic. On December 1, 1999, the Municipalities of Rivière-Malbaie and Saint-Fidèle, the Village Municipality of Cap-à-l'Aigle, the Parish Municipality of Sainte-Agnès, and the Town of La Malbaie–Pointe-au-Pic were amalgamated to form the new Town of La Malbaie.
La Malbaie is located in the Charlevoix Seismic Zone, which is the most active seismic zone in eastern Canada. La Malbaie is notable for having an extremely high seismic risk, although a significant earthquake has not occurred in the region recently.
|Historical Census Data – La Malbaie, Quebec|
- Mother tongue:
- English as first language: 0.4%
- French as first language: 98.0%
- English and French as first language: 0%
- Other as first language: 1.6%
List of mayors
The mayors of La Malbaie were:
- Joseph Couturier, 1905–1906
- Alphonse Guay, 1907–1914
- Joseph-Arthur Lapointe, 1915–1916; 1921–1924
- Joseph-Edouard Cauchon, 1917–1920
- Rolland Warren, 1920
- Joseph T. Tremblay, 1925–1930
- Ernest Carré, 1930–1939
- Ludovic Couturier, 1939–1941
- Jean-Charles Rochette, 1941–1948
- Alcide Harvey, 1948–1951
- Henri-Paul Couturier, 1951
- Boris Maltais, 1951–1958
- Martial Asselin, 1958–1963
- Louis-Philippe Dufour, 1964–1965
- Paul X. Laberge, 1966–1970
- Lucien Harvey, 1970–1986
- Claudette B. Bergeron, 1986–1989
- Jules Maltais, 1989–1995
- Jean Lajoie, 1995
- Louis Bergeron, 1995–2002
- Jean-Luc Simard, 2002–2009
- Lise Lapointe, 2010
Famous people from La Malbaie
- Laure Conan (1845–1924), pen name of Marie-Louise-Félicité Angers, French-Canadian novelist
- "La Malbaie (Ville)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
- Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire – Répertoire des municipalités: La Malbaie
- "(Code 2415013) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012.
- Territorial Division Act. Revised Statutes of Quebec D-11.
- "Earthquake zones in Eastern Canada". Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
- Canada 2006 Census
- "Liste des conseils municipaux" (in French). Ville de La Malbaie. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
Media related to La Malbaie at Wikimedia Commons
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