Petit-Rocher, New Brunswick

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Petit-Rocher
Village
Official seal of Petit-Rocher
Seal
Motto: Ascencio Populi
Petit-Rocher is located in New Brunswick
Petit-Rocher

Petit-Rocher
Location within New Brunswick.
Coordinates: 47°47′36″N 65°42′58″W / 47.79333°N 65.71611°W / 47.79333; -65.71611
Country  Canada
Province  New Brunswick
County Gloucester
Parish Beresford
Village 1966
Founded 1797
Government
 • Mayor Luc Desjardins
Area[1]
 • Total 4.49 km2 (1.73 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,908
 • Density 425.2/km2 (1,101/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Decrease 2.1%
 • Dwellings 938
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-3)
Postal code(s) E8J
Area code(s) 506
Highways Route 134

Petit-Rocher (2011 population: 1,908) is a Canadian village in Gloucester County, New Brunswick. Located on Nepisiguit Bay 20 km northwest of Bathurst, Petit-Rocher's residents are 92% Francophone. Its current population meets the requirements for "town" status under the Municipalities Act of the Province of New Brunswick, however the community has not requested a change in municipal status.

History[edit]

The village was founded in 1797 by Acadian settlers. The name literally means 'little rock', and is pronounced by most anglophones in the region as Petty Roche. The name of the village is reputed to derive from the fact that the village's founders disembarked on a small rock. The village was named Little Roche from 1850 to 1854, then Madisco until 1870, and then Petit Rocher. The hyphenated form Petit-Rocher was adopted in 2009. Some old maps have the name Petite Roche (1812) and Sainte Roque or Little Russia (1827).[2]

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

Historical Census Data - Petit-Rocher, New Brunswick[5]
Year Pop. ±%
1991 1,988 —    
1996 2,078 +4.5%
Year Pop. ±%
2001 1,966 −5.4%
2006 1,949 −0.9%
Year Pop. ±%
2011 1,908 −2.1%

Language[edit]

Canada Census Mother Tongue - Petit-Rocher, New Brunswick[5]
Census Total
French
English
French & English
Other
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
2011
1,875
1,750 Decrease 4.4% 93.33% 100 Increase 42.9% 5.33% 25 Increase 25.0% 1.33% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00%
2006
1,920
1,830 Increase 1.9% 95.31% 70 Decrease 44.0% 3.65% 20 Steady 0.0% 1.04% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00%
2001
1,940
1,795 Decrease 8.2% 92.53% 125 Increase 38.9% 6.44% 20 Increase 100.0% 1.03% 0 Decrease 100.0% 0.00%
1996
2,065
1,955 n/a 94.67% 90 n/a 4.36% 10 n/a 0.48% 10 n/a 0.48%

Tourism[edit]

In 2012 and 2013, Petit-Rocher was host to the CCBHA's annual ball hockey tournament with a team from nearby Dundee taking home the Allen, Paquet & Arseneau cup as champions for both tournaments.[6]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Petit-Rocher, New Brunswick
  2. ^ Alan Rayburn, Geographical Names of New Brunswick, Énergie, Mines et Ressources Canada, Ottawa, 1975, p. 215.
  3. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  4. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  5. ^ a b Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  6. ^ http://www.ccballhockey.com/

External links[edit]



Coordinates: 47°47′2.1″N 65°42′57.3″W / 47.783917°N 65.715917°W / 47.783917; -65.715917 (Petit-Rocher)