Saint-Calixte, Quebec

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Saint-Calixte
Municipality
Coat of arms of Saint-Calixte
Coat of arms
Location within Montcalm RCM.
Location within Montcalm RCM.
Saint-Calixte is located in Central Quebec
Saint-Calixte
Saint-Calixte
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°57′N 73°51′W / 45.950°N 73.850°W / 45.950; -73.850Coordinates: 45°57′N 73°51′W / 45.950°N 73.850°W / 45.950; -73.850[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Lanaudière
RCM Montcalm
Constituted July 1, 1855
Government[2]
 • Mayor Louis-Charles Thouin
 • Federal riding Montcalm
 • Prov. riding Rousseau
Area[2][3]
 • Total 146.70 km2 (56.64 sq mi)
 • Land 143.36 km2 (55.35 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 5,934
 • Density 41.4/km2 (107/sq mi)
 • 2006-2011 Increase 4.3%
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0K 1Z0
Area code(s) 450 and 579
Highways[4] Route 335
Website www.municipalite.saint-calixte.qc.ca

Saint-Calixte is a municipality and town in the Lanaudière region of Quebec, Canada, part of the Montcalm Regional County Municipality. Its proximity to the city of Montreal, and its natural beauty, make Saint-Calixte a popular destination for camping in the summertime. There are also hundreds of cottages that surround the many lakes in the region. In 2013, Quebec's largest amusement/camping site, Camping et parc d'amusement Atlantide, a 10 million dollar investment, opened its doors in the municipality. The development of the theme park and camping site is arising hopes of new development in Saint-Calixte.

History[edit]

In 1845, the place was first incorporated as the Municipality of Saint-Lin by separating from the Parish Municipality of Saint-Lin (now Saint-Lin-Laurentides), but abolished two years later.[5]

In 1851, the Saint-Calixte Mission was formed, named after Pope Callixtus I. In 1855, the municipality was reestablished as the Township Municipality of Kilkenny, taking the name of the geographic township in which it is located (the township was formed in 1832 and named after a city and county in Ireland). A year later in 1856, the post office opened, bearing the name Saint-Calixte-de-Kilkenny since 1877. In 1954, the municipality was renamed to its current name.[5]

The Lac Dodon meteorite was found near the town in 1993.

Camping et parc d'amusement Atlantide[edit]

In 2011, two investors from Terrebonne, QC decided to invest 10 million dollars to build a theme park, and camping site in the province of Quebec. After years of planning, they chose Saint-Calixte as the location of the park, and purchased a 5 million square feet property in the municipality. After more than a year of construction, the first phase of the park has opened in summer 2013, with over 300 camping spaces available, and a water park, as well as playgrounds. Two other expansion phases are planned for 2014 and 2015, which will increase the capacity of the park and camping ground to 2000 spaces, with an articifial lake and beach, as well as a convenience store.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1991 3,869 —    
1996 4,681 +21.0%
2001 4,912 +4.9%
2006 5,687 +15.8%
2011 5,934 +4.3%
[6]

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 2753 (total dwellings: 3592)

Mother tongue:

  • English as first language: 3%
  • French as first language: 94%
  • English and French as first language: 1%
  • Other as first language: 2%

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