Location within Les Etchemins RCM.
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|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)|
|• Density||25.8/km2 (67/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2006-2011||0.4%|
|Time zone||EST (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−4)|
|Postal code(s)||G0R 1S0|
|Area code(s)||418 and 581|
|Highways|| Route 276
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.
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.
- Joseph-Damase Bégin, Quebec politician
- Denis Bernard, actor and producer
- Marie-Michèle Gagnon, World Cup alpine ski racer
- Commission de toponymie du Québec
- Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire
- (French) Lac-Etchemin official website