Bellechasse Regional County Municipality

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Regional county municipality
Location of Bellechasse
Coordinates: 46°44′N 70°43′W / 46.733°N 70.717°W / 46.733; -70.717Coordinates: 46°44′N 70°43′W / 46.733°N 70.717°W / 46.733; -70.717[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Chaudière-Appalaches
Effective January 1, 1982
County seat Saint-Lazare-de-Bellechasse
 • Type Prefecture
 • Prefect Hervé Blais
 • Total 1,781.50 km2 (687.84 sq mi)
 • Land 1,749.64 km2 (675.54 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 35,318
 • Density 20.2/km2 (52/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 6.0%
 • Dwellings 16,712
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 418 and 581

Bellechasse Regional County Municipality is a regional county municipality in the Chaudière-Appalaches region of Quebec. The county seat is Saint-Lazare-de-Bellechasse.[2]

Saint-Lazare was originally chosen as the county seat because of its central location. Other municipalities, such as Saint-Anselme, Sainte-Claire, Saint-Damien originally wanted to be the county seat because of their larger population.[citation needed] The region belongs to the Lévis—Bellechasse federal electoral district.


There are 20 subdivisions within the RCM:[2]


(Statistics Canada, 2001)

  • Population: 29,570
  • Population change (1996-2001): -0.4
  • Dwellings: 13,109
  • Area (km²): 1,626.67
  • Density (per km².): 18.2
  • National rank in terms of population: 173
  • Provincial rank in terms of population: 61


Access Routes[edit]

Highways and numbered routes that run through the municipality, including external routes that start or finish at the county border:[4]


  • Beaumont Mill, 1821 (Beaumont)
  • Ferme Appalaches Safari Ranch (Saint-Lazare)
  • Gold Museum (Saint-Philémon)
  • Horse-drawn carriages Museum (Saint-Vallier)
  • Le Ricaneux Artisanal Wine (Saint-Charles)
  • Massif du Sud Ski Area (Saint-Philémon)
  • Notre-Dame-de-Perpetual-Secours Historical Centre (Saint-Damien-de-Buckland)

Protected Areas[edit]

  • Massif du Sud Regional Park
  • St-Vallier National Migratory Bird Sanctuary

See also[edit]