Notre-Dame-des-Anges, Quebec

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Not to be confused with the former Notre-Dame-des-Anges which was amalgamated into Notre-Dame-de-Montauban in 1976.
Notre-Dame-des-Anges
Parish municipality
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Location within Quebec TE.
Location within Quebec TE.
Notre-Dame-des-Anges is located in Southern Quebec
Notre-Dame-des-Anges
Notre-Dame-des-Anges
Location in province of Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°49′N 71°14′W / 46.817°N 71.233°W / 46.817; -71.233Coordinates: 46°49′N 71°14′W / 46.817°N 71.233°W / 46.817; -71.233[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Capitale-Nationale
RCM None
Settled 1620
Constituted July 1, 1855
Government[2]
 • Administrator Soeur Aline Plante
 • Federal riding Québec
 • Prov. riding Taschereau
Area[2][3]
 • Total 0.00 km2 (0.00 sq mi)
 • Land 0.04 km2 (0.02 sq mi)
  There is an apparent
contradiction between two
authoritative sources
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 394
 • Density 11,005.6/km2 (28,504/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Decrease 9.8%
 • Dwellings 1
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) G1K 5N1
Area code(s) 418 and 581
Highways No major routes

Notre-Dame-des-Anges is a parish municipality in Quebec, Canada, home of the General Hospital of Quebec.

Enclaved within the territory of Quebec City, this unusual municipality has a population of 394 and measures only 6 hectares (15 acres) in area, making it the smallest incorporated municipal entity in Canada.[4] With a density of 12,206.67 /km2 (31,615.1 /sq mi) according to Statistics Canada, it is the second densest census subdivision in Canada.[5]

It lacks any governmental structure; there is no mayor but rather an "administrator".[2]

History[edit]

The land near the Saint-Charles River was first possessed as a fief by the Recollect Friars Minor, who built the Friary of St. Charles there around 1620. The seigneury then passed to the Jesuits in 1629, after the return of the friars to France. The property was returned to the Recollects upon their return to New France in 1670, at which time they dedicated their house to Notre-Dame-des-Anges (Our Lady of the Angels), so named for the first community of the Franciscan Order.[1]

In 1692, it was purchased by Jean-Baptiste de Saint-Vallier, Bishop of Quebec, to found a hospital, which he did the subsequent year. In 1722, it was established as a civil parish and in 1855, the parish municipality was officially founded with the goal of protecting its sole occupant, the Hôpital général de Québec, from taxes.[1]

Geography[edit]

Plan-Hôpital Général de Québec.png

The municipality is situated north of downtown Quebec City, enclaved within the borough of La Cité-Limoilou, bounded by avenue Simon-Napoléon-Parent, rue des Commissaires Ouest, and rue Saint-Anselme.

It is entirely occupied by the Hôpital Général de Québec, including the CLSC Basse-Ville–Limoilou–Vanier, and by the various religious buildings associated with the hospital, including an Augustine monastery, the Église de Notre-Dame-des-Anges (the parish church), and a museum. The hospital is surrounded by a cemetery holding, among others, the remains of General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm.

It is one of two enclaves in Quebec City (along with the Wendake Indian reserve) that was not subject to the municipal mergers in 2002. It is also by far the smallest municipality not included in one of Quebec's Regional County Municipalities.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1991 455 —    
1996 370 −18.7%
2001 409 +10.5%
2006 437 +6.8%
2011 394 −9.8%
[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Reference number 181013 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (French)
  2. ^ a b c Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire - Répertoire des municipalités: Notre-Dame-des-Anges
  3. ^ a b Statistics Canada 2011 Census - Notre-Dame-des-Anges census profile
  4. ^ Statistics Canada 2011 Census - Population and dwelling counts, for Canada and census subdivisions (by land area)
  5. ^ Statistics Canada 2011 Census - Population and dwelling counts, for Canada and census subdivisions (by population density)
  6. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census

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