Le Massif mountain overlooking the St. Lawrence River
|Motto: Vers le large, vers les hauteurs|
Location within Charlevoix RCM.
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|Constituted||July 1, 1855|
|• Mayor||Gérald Maltais|
|• Federal riding||Montmorency—Charlevoix
|• Prov. riding||Charlevoix–Côte-de-Beaupré|
|• Total||150.20 km2 (57.99 sq mi)|
|• Land||134.10 km2 (51.78 sq mi)|
|• Density||5.5/km2 (14/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2006-2011||5.8%|
|Time zone||EST (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−4)|
|Postal code(s)||G0A 2L0|
|Area code(s)||418 and 581|
It is home to Le Massif ski resort.
In June 1603, Samuel de Champlain sailed past there and wrote about the location: "The following Thursday, we left [Hare Island], and lowered the anchor in a dangerous cove on the north side, where there are some meadows and a little river where the Indians sometimes camp." The name Petite Rivière ("Little River") stuck, although over time the place has been identified in many other ways: Cap-Raide, Rivière-du-Sot, Anse-aux-Pommiers, l'Abattis (1695), l'Abatis (1755), Vieille-Rivière, Ruisseau-à-la-Nasse, Cap-Maillard, François-Xavier, Côte-de-Saint-François-Xavier' Saint-François-Xavier-de-la-Petite-Rivière-Saint-François.
In 1675, the Seminary of Quebec, owner of the Beaupré Seignory that stretched from Beauport to Baie-Saint-Paul, granted land to Claude Bouchard, followed by another 15 concessions until the end of the 17th century. The settlement, the oldest in the Charlevoix region, grew at the mouth of the Little River in a deep valley east of Cape Maillard where natural open grassland accommodated the early colonizers. In 1721, the local parish was formed, named Saint-François-Xavier after Francis Xavier, founder of the Jesuits. In 1845, it was incorporated but the municipality was abolished in 1847. In 1855, it was reestablished as the Parish Municipality of Saint-François-Xavier-de-la-Petite-Rivière. In common use, the place remained known as just Petite-Rivière.
In 1986, it changed status and name to become the Municipality of Petite-Rivière-Saint-François.
- Population in 2011: 744 (2006 to 2011 population change: 5.8%)
- Population in 2006: 703
- Population in 2001: 730
- Population in 1996: 753
- Population in 1991: 802
Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 320 (total dwellings: 617)
- English as first language: 0%
- French as first language: 100%
- English and French as first language: 0%
- Other as first language: 0%
- "Petite-Rivière-Saint-François (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2010-05-03.
- Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire - Répertoire des municipalités: Petite-Rivière-Saint-François
- Statistics Canada 2011 Census - Petite-Rivière-Saint-François census profile
- "Un village fort de son histoire" (in French). Municipalité de Petite-Rivière-Saint-François. Retrieved 2010-05-03.
- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census