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Not to be confused with Argentière.
The L'Argentière-les Écrins railway station
Coat of arms of L'Argentière-la-Bessée
Coat of arms
L'Argentière-la-Bessée is located in France
Coordinates: 44°47′43″N 6°33′36″E / 44.7953°N 6.56°E / 44.7953; 6.56Coordinates: 44°47′43″N 6°33′36″E / 44.7953°N 6.56°E / 44.7953; 6.56
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Hautes-Alpes
Arrondissement Briançon
Canton L'Argentière-la-Bessée
Intercommunality Pays des Écrins
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Joël Giraud[1]
Area1 64.55 km2 (24.92 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 2,318
 • Density 36/km2 (93/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 05006 /05120
Elevation 945–3,243 m (3,100–10,640 ft)
(avg. 976 m or 3,202 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

L'Argentière-la-Bessée is a commune of the Hautes-Alpes department in the Alps in southeastern France.

The town lies on the River Durance, which is used for kayaking, white-water rafting and other water sports. The Argentiere Canoe Slalom Course is in the Durance River south of the town. The town is located on the edge of the Écrins National Park. There is an SNCF station in the town with trains running to Briançon and Paris. The village has an old silver mine (which is where the name of L'Argentière derived from), which is now opened to tourists.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 2,238 —    
1968 2,395 +7.0%
1975 2,434 +1.6%
1982 2,497 +2.6%
1990 2,191 −12.3%
1999 2,289 +4.5%
2008 2,330 +1.8%
2012 2,318 −0.5%

See also[edit]

Argentiere Canoe Slalom Course


  1. ^ "List of mayors of the Hautes-Alpes department". Prefecture of Hautes-Alpes (in French). 3 June 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 

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