Saint-Alexis-des-Monts, Quebec

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Saint-Alexis-des-Monts
Parish municipality
Saint-Alexis Church
Saint-Alexis Church
Motto: Progrès et Harmonie
Location within Maskinongé RCM.
Location within Maskinongé RCM.
Saint-Alexis-des-Monts is located in Central Quebec
Saint-Alexis-des-Monts
Saint-Alexis-des-Monts
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°28′N 73°08′W / 46.467°N 73.133°W / 46.467; -73.133Coordinates: 46°28′N 73°08′W / 46.467°N 73.133°W / 46.467; -73.133[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Mauricie
RCM Maskinongé
Settled 1865
Constituted April 21, 1984
Government[2]
 • Mayor Madeleine L. Robert
 • Federal riding Berthier—Maskinongé
 • Prov. riding Maskinongé
Area[2][3]
 • Total 1,135.80 km2 (438.53 sq mi)
 • Land 1,048.28 km2 (404.74 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 3,046
 • Density 2.9/km2 (8/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Decrease 2.3%
 • Dwellings 2,036
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0K 1V0
Area code(s) 819
Highways Route 349
Website www.saint-
alexis-des-monts.ca

Saint-Alexis-des-Monts is a parish municipality in the Mauricie region of the province of Quebec in Canada.

It is located in the Laurentian Mountains, having a topography that is characterized by valleys and rounded hills, with an altitude varying between 150 metres (490 ft) to 560 metres (1,840 ft). There are more than 600 lakes, 400 named and another 200 unnamed minor lakes.[4] The majority (65%) of its territory is part of the Matawin Wildlife Reserve. The town depends on outdoor tourism that increases its seasonal population to between 8000 and 10,000 persons.[5]

History[edit]

The first settlers were originally from Saint-Paulin and established the community on the banks of the Du Loup River, north-west of Saint-Paulin, around 1865. On October 30 of that year, Alexis Lefebvre Boulanger (1812-1885), pioneer and farmer, donated the land on which the village's chapel was built in 1867, and the church in 1884. Saint-Alexis was named after him.[1]

Its post office, identified as Saint-Alexis-des-Monts, opened in 1876. In 1877, the Parish Municipality of Saint-Alexis-des-Monts was formed.[1]

In 1973, a portion of Saint-Alexis-des-Monts separated and formed the Municipality of Belleau, named in honour of Sir Narcisse-Fortunat Belleau (1808-1894), former lieutenant-governor of Quebec. On April 21, 1984, Belleau rejoined Saint-Alexis-des-Monts again, and the parish municipality had a surface area of more than 500 square kilometres (190 sq mi). On December 9, 1995, 763 square kilometres (295 sq mi) was added following the annexation of the Lac-Marcotte and Lac-au-Sorcier unorganized territories.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Population trend:[6]

  • Population in 2011: 3046 (2006 to 2011 population change: -2.3 %)
  • Population in 2006: 3118
  • Population in 2001: 2909
  • Population in 1996: 2741
  • Population in 1991: 2745

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 1471 (total dwellings: 2036)

Mother tongue:

  • English as first language: 0.5%
  • French as first language: 97.7%
  • English and French as first language: 0%
  • Other as first language: 1.8%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Saint-Alexis-des-Monts (Municipalité de paroisse)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 51065 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (French)
  3. ^ a b "(Code 2451065) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012. 
  4. ^ "Saint-Alexis-des-Monts en quelques chiffres" (in French). Municipalité de Saint-Alexis-des-Monts. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  5. ^ "La Municipalité" (in French). Municipalité de Saint-Alexis-des-Monts. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  6. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census

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