Saint-Félix-de-Valois, Quebec

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Saint-Félix-de-Valois
Municipality
The Emery Mill on the Bayonne River
The Emery Mill on the Bayonne River
Location within Matawinie RCM.
Location within Matawinie RCM.
Saint-Félix-de-Valois is located in Central Quebec
Saint-Félix-de-Valois
Saint-Félix-de-Valois
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°10′N 73°26′W / 46.167°N 73.433°W / 46.167; -73.433Coordinates: 46°10′N 73°26′W / 46.167°N 73.433°W / 46.167; -73.433[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Lanaudière
RCM Matawinie
Settled c. 1830
Constituted December 24, 1997
Government[2]
 • Mayor Gyslain Loyer
 • Federal riding Joliette
 • Prov. riding Berthier
Area[2][3]
 • Total 89.80 km2 (34.67 sq mi)
 • Land 87.87 km2 (33.93 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 6,029
 • Density 68.6/km2 (178/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 4.8%
 • Dwellings 2,749
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0K 2M0
Area code(s) 450 and 579
Highways Route 131
Route 348
Website www.st-felix
-de-valois.com

Saint-Félix-de-Valois is a municipality in the Lanaudière region of Quebec, Canada, part of the Matawinie Regional County Municipality.

Quebec author Réjean Ducharme, recipient of several Governor General's Awards, was born in Saint-Félix-de-Valois in 1942.

History[edit]

Historically it was part of the Berthier Seignory. Circa 1830, a small group of pioneers from England, Scotland, and Ireland started to colonize the place. In 1840, the Mission of Saint-Félix-de-Valois was formed and soon after in 1844 it became a parish when it separated from the Sainte-Élisabeth Parish. It was named after Felix of Valois.[1]

In 1845, the Parish Municipality of Saint-Félix-de-Valois was first established, but abolished two years later. In 1851, its post office opened. In 1855, the parish municipality was reestablished.[1]

In 1926, the main village, also known as Saint-Félix-de-Valois, was incorporated as a separate Village Municipality. On December 24, 1997, the parish municipality and the village municipality were reunited into the new Municipality of Saint-Félix-de-Valois.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

Historical Census Data - Saint-Félix-de-Valois, Quebec[4]
Year Pop. ±%
1991 5,132 —    
1996 5,442 +6.0%
Year Pop. ±%
2001 5,465 +0.4%
2006 5,755 +5.3%
Year Pop. ±%
2011 6,029 +4.8%

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 2548 (total dwellings: 2749)

Language[edit]

Mother tongue:

  • English as first language: 0.5%
  • French as first language: 98.2%
  • English and French as first language: 0.3%
  • Other as first language: 1%

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Saint-Félix-de-Valois (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 62007 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (French)
  3. ^ a b Statistics Canada 2011 Census - Saint-Félix-de-Valois census profile
  4. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census