Sainte-Foy, Quebec City

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Sainte-Foy
City
Boulevard Laurier in Sainte-Foy
Boulevard Laurier in Sainte-Foy
Motto: "Fide Et Labore Valebo"  (Latin)
"My worthiness stems from my faith and labour"
Country Canada
Province Quebec
MRC None
Established January 1, 2002
Government
 • Type City
Area
 • Total 83.87 km2 (32.38 sq mi)
Population (2006)[1]
 • Total 76,262
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Sainte-Foy /sntˈfwɑː/ is a former city in central Quebec, Canada on the Saint Lawrence River. It was amalgamated into Quebec City on January 1, 2002. Most of Sainte-Foy is in the Borough of Sainte-Foy–Sillery–Cap-Rouge.

Sainte-Foy is a major suburban neighbourhood west of downtown Quebec City. It is a great part of Quebec City's economic life by the presence of the Jean Lesage International Airport, Université Laval, many shopping malls and both bridges to the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River.

Demographics[edit]

According to the Canada 2006 Census:

  • Population: 76,262
  • % Change (2001–2006): +5.1
  • Dwellings: 40,487
  • Number of families: 20,680
  • Area (km²): 83.87 km²
  • Density (persons per km²): 909.3
Commercial district

History[edit]

In 1669, Father Chaumonot erected a chapel for the Hurons which was dedicated to Notre-Dame de Foy. Sainte-Foy's beginnings started here.

The Battle of Sainte-Foy, sometimes called the Battle of Quebec, was fought on April 28, 1760 in this area during the Seven Years' War (called the French and Indian War in the United States). It was a victory for the French under the Chevalier de Lévis over the British army under General Murray. When compared to the Battle of the Plains of Abraham of the previous September, this battle proved to be a much bloodier affair in terms of the total number of casualties incurred by both sides - 833 French casualties to 1,124 British casualties. It was the last French victory of the Seven Years' War.

Sainte-Foy's long-time and flamboyant mayor, the late Andrée Boucher, was defeated when she tried to run for mayor of the amalgamated Quebec City. She then became a radio host. In 2005, she tried once again to run for mayor when Jean-Paul L'Allier retired. This time she succeeded, without an election team or advertisement, and with very few public appearances or debates.

Amalgamation With Quebec City[edit]

On January 1, 2002 the city was merged, along with many other suburbs, with Quebec City. However, this was done without any form of public referendum or widespread public approval. Consequently, a vote was finally held on June 20, 2004 offering cities to disband from the new setup. Only Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures and L'Ancienne-Lorette disbanded from the newly formed city. Many believed that a "defusion" would only lead to an eventual and inevitable "refusion". The prospect of having to spend a lot of money undoing what had just been done discouraged most people to go vote, and in most of the old suburb cities not enough votes were cast for the vote to be valid.

Economy[edit]

Aeropro has its head office on the grounds of Jean Lesage Airport in Sainte-Foy.[1][2] It conducts business charters and recreational and sightseeing flights[3] Prior to its dissolution, regional airline Air Nova had its Quebec offices in Sainte-Foy.[4]

Education[edit]

Louis-Jacques Casault Pavillion at Université Laval

Sainte-Foy is also the site of many educational institutions:

Recreation[edit]

Sainte-Foy possesses 3 Ice Hockey Rinks, 1 Sports Center, 33 Soccer Fields, 2 Interior Pools, 13 Exterior Pools, 3 Cinemas, 1 Theatre, Laurier Québec, Place de La Cite, la Pyramide. Sainte-Foy also has the pride of having excellent sports representations in all sports. It has the Governors at Hockey, the Caravelles and Arsenal at Soccer, and the Musketeers ESCC at Basketball.

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact us." Aeropro. Retrieved on June 26, 2010.
  2. ^ "Plan_QC.doc." Aéropro. Retrieved on June 26, 2010.
  3. ^ "Aéropro." Aéropro. Retrieved on January 26, 2011.
  4. ^ "Our Facilities." Air Nova. August 23, 2000. Retrieved on June 18, 2009.
  5. ^ "Bernier Picked for Beijing." The Globe and Mail. April 29, 2006. Retrieved on June 18, 2009.
  6. ^ "Roy lacks class that Canadiens value so highly." ESPN. Tuesday March 25, 2008. Retrieved on June 18, 2009.
  7. ^ Gelston, Par Dan. "Simon Gagné a repris la forme qu'il affichait avant la commotion cérébrale." Associated Press at Jminforme.ca. January 16, 2009. Retrieved on June 18, 2009.
  • Modification aux arrondissements (archive Chartrand, Rene (2000). Canadian Military Heritage. Casemate Publishing. ISBN 2-920718-51-7).

Coordinates: 46°47′N 71°18′W / 46.783°N 71.300°W / 46.783; -71.300