Lac-Etchemin, Quebec

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Location within Les Etchemins RCM.
Location within Les Etchemins RCM.
Lac-Etchemin is located in Southern Quebec
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°24′N 70°30′W / 46.400°N 70.500°W / 46.400; -70.500Coordinates: 46°24′N 70°30′W / 46.400°N 70.500°W / 46.400; -70.500[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Chaudière-Appalaches
RCM Les Etchemins
Constituted October 10, 2001
 • Mayor Harold Gagnon
 • Federal riding Lévis—Bellechasse
 • Prov. riding Bellechasse
 • Total 161.60 km2 (62.39 sq mi)
 • Land 157.53 km2 (60.82 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 4,061
 • Density 25.8/km2 (67/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 0.4%
 • Dwellings 2,065
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) G0R 1S0
Area code(s) 418 and 581
Highways Route 276
Route 277
Website www.municipalite.

Lac-Etchemin is a municipality in and the seat of the Municipalité régionale de comté des Etchemins in Quebec, Canada. It is part of the Chaudière-Appalaches region and the population is 4,088 as of 2009. It takes its name from Etchemin Lake, at the centre of the municipality. "Etchemin" means "men, human beings" in Abenaki language.

Lac-Etchemin is home to winter resort Mont Orignal and the birthplace of controversial religious Community of the Lady of All Nations.


The area near Etchemin Lake was first described in 1828 by surveyor William Henderson. A few years later, in 1835, the region sees its first settler, Sir Randolph Isham Routh (1782-1858), who was given a land grant of 9,000 acres (36 km2) of land for his services to the Crown.

The new municipality of Lac-Etchemin was created in 2001 following the amalgamation of the city of Lac-Etchemin and the parish of Sainte-Germaine-du-Lac-Etchemin.

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