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Location within La Matapédia RCM.
Location within La Matapédia RCM.
Causapscal is located in Eastern Quebec
Location in eastern Quebec.
Coordinates: 48°22′N 67°14′W / 48.367°N 67.233°W / 48.367; -67.233Coordinates: 48°22′N 67°14′W / 48.367°N 67.233°W / 48.367; -67.233[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Bas-Saint-Laurent
RCM La Matapédia
Constituted December 31, 1997
 • Mayor Mario Côté
 • Federal riding Avignon—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia
 • Prov. riding Matane-Matapédia
 • Total 161.00 km2 (62.16 sq mi)
 • Land 161.84 km2 (62.49 sq mi)
  There is an apparent
contradiction between two
authoritative sources
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 2,458
 • Density 15.2/km2 (39/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Steady 0.0%
 • Dwellings 1,219
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) G0J 1J0
Area code(s) 418 and 581
Highways Route 132

Causapscal (/kˈzɑːpskæl/) is a city in the Canadian province of Quebec, located in La Matapédia Regional County Municipality. It is located at the confluence of the Matapédia and Causapscal Rivers, along Quebec Route 132, approximately halfway between Mont-Joli and Campbellton, New Brunswick. It is served by the Causapscal railway station and the Causapscal Airport.


The city's name is taken from the geographic township of Casupscull (proclaimed in 1864), which in turn is derived from the Mi'kmaq word Goesôpsiag (or Gesapsgel, Gesôpsgigel), meaning "stony bottom", "swift water", or "rocky point", likely referring to the rocky river bed of the Causapscal River.[1]


Development of the place followed the construction of the Intercolonial Railway in the 1860s. In 1870, the Parish of Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur was established, and the following year, the post office opened.[1][4]

In 1897, the Parish Municipality of Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur-de-Causapscal was incorporated, named after the parish and the geographic township. In 1928, the village itself separated from the parish municipality and was incorporated as the Village Municipality of Causapscal. In 1957, the parish municipality lost more territory when the Municipality of Sainte-Marguerite was formed. In 1965, Causapscal gained ville (city/town) status.[1][4]

On December 31, 1997, the Parish Municipality of Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur-de-Causapscal was amalgamated into the City of Causapscal.[1]


Causapscal is located in the Matapédia Valley at the confluence of the Matapédia and Causapscal Rivers.



Canada census – Causapscal community profile
2011 2006
Population: 2,458 (0.0% from 2006) 2,458 (-6.7% from 2001)
Land area: 161.84 km2 (62.49 sq mi) 161.84 km2 (62.49 sq mi)
Population density: 15.2/km2 (39/sq mi) 15.2/km2 (39/sq mi)
Median age: 49.5 (M: 49.1, F: 49.9) 45.9 (M: 45.7, F: 46.1)
Total private dwellings: 1,219 1,170
Median household income: $37,135 $34,262
References: 2011[5] 2006[6] earlier[7]

Canada Census data before 2001 (pre-merger):[8]

Matapedia River at Causapscal

Municipal council[edit]

  • Mayor: Mario Côté
  • Councillors: Renaud Valois, Françoise Jean, Maurice Durette, Élaine Bellavance, Denis Viel, David Desjardins

Notable former residents[edit]

  • Maurice "Mom" Boucher (born June 21, 1953) Canadian outlaw biker, former President of the Hells Angels' Montreal chapter.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Causapscal (Ville)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b "Causapscal". Répertoire des municipalités (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "Causapscal census profile". 2011 Census data. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  4. ^ a b "Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur-de-Causapscal" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  5. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  6. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  7. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Electronic Area Profiles". Canada 1996 Census. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 

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