Coordinates: 46°47′55″N 71°21′45″W / 46.79861°N 71.36250°W / 46.79861; -71.36250
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Location within Quebec TE.
Location within Quebec TE.
L'Ancienne-Lorette is located in Central Quebec
Location in central Quebec
Coordinates: 46°47′55″N 71°21′45″W / 46.79861°N 71.36250°W / 46.79861; -71.36250[1]
AgglomerationQuebec City
ConstitutedJanuary 1, 2006
 • MayorGaétan Pageau
 • Federal ridingLouis-Saint-Laurent
 • Prov. ridingLa Peltrie
 • Total7.70 km2 (2.97 sq mi)
 • Land7.63 km2 (2.95 sq mi)
 • Total16,745
 • Density2,193.6/km2 (5,681/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011
Increase 1.4%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)418 and 581
Highways R-138

L'Ancienne-Lorette is a city in central Quebec, Canada. It is a suburb of and an enclave within Quebec City. It was merged with Quebec City on January 1, 2002, as part of a 2000–2006 municipal reorganization in Quebec, but, after a 2004 referendum, it was reconstituted as a separate city on January 1, 2006.

Its history dates to 1674, when a group of Huron (Wyandot) fleeing war with the Iroquois settled there under the protection of the French. It was founded as a mission village by the Jesuits. The Wyandot left after a few decades, and French settlers took over the land.


The Jesuit missionary Pierre Chaumonot in 1674 founded a settlement here when he built a chapel for the Huron (Wyandot). Following his third and final trip to the shrine of Loreto in Italy, Chaumonot was cured of a terrible headache. In gratitude, he placed the colony under the patronage of Our Lady of the Annunciation, but it is still commonly called Lorette.[1]

In 1697, the Huron left the village in search of better land for hunting and fishing. Afterward the site became known in French as Vieille-Lorette ("Old Loreto") or Ancienne-Lorette ("Former Loreto"). A new location became known as Nouvelle-Lorette ("New Loreto") or Jeune-Lorette ("Young Loreto"). That site roughly corresponds to the Loretteville of today. A year later in 1698, the Parish of Notre-Dame-de-l'Annonciation was established.[1]

In 1948, the place was incorporated as the village municipality of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette. In 1967, it gained town status and took back its original name, L'Ancienne-Lorette, to distinguish itself from the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette Lac-Saint-Jean region.[1]

Until 1971, L'Ancienne-Lorette was the gateway to Quebec's International Airport. It used to be known as L'Ancienne-Lorette Airport. In 1971 the rural section of the town that included the airport was annexed by Sainte-Foy.

On January 1, 2002, L'Ancienne-Lorette was merged with Quebec City as part of a province-wide municipal reorganization and became part of the Laurentien borough of that city. After a 2004 referendum, it regained independent city status on January 1, 2006.


In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, L'Ancienne-Lorette had a population of 16,970 living in 7,314 of its 7,516 total private dwellings, a change of 2.6% from its 2016 population of 16,543. With a land area of 7.72 km2 (2.98 sq mi), it had a population density of 2,198.2/km2 (5,693.3/sq mi) in 2021.[4]

According to the Canada 2006 Census:[5]

  • Population: 16,516
  • % Change (2001–2006): +3.7
  • Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 7075 (total dwellings: 7183)
  • Area (km2): 7.63 km2
  • Density (persons per km2): 2,163.7
  • Mother tongue:
    • English as first language: 1.5%
    • French as first language: 97.4%
    • English and French as first language: 0.2%
    • Other as first language: 0.9%

Population trend:[6]

  • Population in 2011: 16745 (2006 to 2011 population change: 1.4%)
  • Population in 2006: 16,516
  • Population in 2001: 15,929
  • Population in 1996: 15,895
  • Population in 1991: 15,242

In 2006, L'Ancienne-Lorette was 98.9% White, 0.3% Aboriginal, and 0.8% Visible Minorities.


Quebecair Express, prior to its disestablishment, had its headquarters in the city.[7]

Notable people born in L'Ancienne-Lorette[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "L'Ancienne-Lorette (ville)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  2. ^ a b Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire - Répertoire des municipalités: L'Ancienne-Lorette Archived 2013-07-13 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Statistics Canada 2011 Census - L'Ancienne-Lorette census profile
  4. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), Quebec". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  5. ^ Statistics Canada 2006 Census - L'Ancienne-Lorette community profile
  6. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  7. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 30 March - 5 April 2004. 58.

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