Saint-Clet, Quebec

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Location within Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM.
Location within Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM.
Saint-Clet is located in Southern Quebec
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°21′N 74°13′W / 45.350°N 74.217°W / 45.350; -74.217Coordinates: 45°21′N 74°13′W / 45.350°N 74.217°W / 45.350; -74.217[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montérégie
RCM Vaudreuil-Soulanges
Constituted August 31, 1974
 • Mayor Gilles Farand
 • Federal riding Vaudreuil-Soulanges
 • Prov. riding Soulanges
 • Total 39.20 km2 (15.14 sq mi)
 • Land 39.21 km2 (15.14 sq mi)
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contradiction between two
authoritative sources
Population (2011)[4]
 • Total 1,738
 • Density 44.3/km2 (115/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 0.8%
 • Dwellings 710
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0P 1S0
Area code(s) 450 and 579
Highways Route 201
Route 340

Saint-Clet is a municipality located in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Regional County Municipality within the Montérégie region of Quebec. The population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 1,738. Completely surrounded by agricultural land (mostly corn fields), the town is centered on the intersection of two main provincial highways. The north-south route 201 is known as rue Principale within the town limits, and the east-west route 340 is known as Boulevard de la Cité des Jeunes.


The parish of Saint-Clet was established in 1849 by its detachment from the parish of Saint-Ignace-du-Coteau-du-Lac at the request of residents who had to go all the way to Coteau-du-Lac to attend mass. The first resident pastor of Saint-Clet was appointed in 1851 and four years later in 1855, the municipality of the parish of Saint-Clet was created. There were some mergers and demergers of territory over the ensuing years until 1974, when the current municipality of Saint-Clet was created.

The Canadian composer and music educator, Achille Fortier, was born in Saint-Clet in 1864.

Events in the News[edit]

On February 17, 1954 a spectacular collision of two Canadian Pacific trains took place in Saint-Clet. It was a time when train travel was quite popular, and it was common for a train to travel in two separate sections. The impact occurred when the second section of the Toronto-Montreal train rear-ended the first section at the village station, where it had stopped because of a snowstorm. The accident caused one death and 73 injuries.

Another event occurred on March 14, 1985, when heavy rains caused flooding, resulting in the evacuation of many homes. Heavy flooding again affected the town on April 8, 2014, when light rains and abruptly mild temperatures resulted in the rapid melting of a large volume of snow in a short period of time. An elevated railbed passing east-west through the town forms an artificial berm, impeding the flow of meltwater runoff from north to south. With only a couple of culverts to let the runoff go under the railbed, they were quickly overwhelmed and many basements north of the tracks were flooded.



Historical Census Data - Saint-Clet, Quebec[7]
Year Pop. ±%
1991 1,388 —    
1996 1,524 +9.8%
Year Pop. ±%
2001 1,586 +4.1%
2006 1,725 +8.8%
Year Pop. ±%
2011 1,738 +0.8%


Canada Census Mother Tongue - Saint-Clet, Quebec[7]
Census Total
French & English
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
1,585 Increase 0.3% 91.35% 100 Decrease 16.7% 5.76% 30 Increase 20.0% 1.73% 20 Increase n/a% 1.15%
1,580 Increase 6.4% 91.59% 120 Increase 33.3% 6.96% 25 Increase n/a% 1.45% 0 Decrease 100.0% 0.00%
1,485 Decrease 0.3% 93.40% 90 Increase 157.1% 5.66% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00% 15 Increase n/a% 0.94%
1,490 n/a 97.70% 35 n/a 2.30% 0 n/a 0.00% 0 n/a 0.00%

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