Lac-au-Saumon, Quebec

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Location within La Matapédia RCM.
Location within La Matapédia RCM.
Lac-au-Saumon is located in Eastern Quebec
Location in eastern Quebec.
Coordinates: 48°25′N 67°21′W / 48.417°N 67.350°W / 48.417; -67.350Coordinates: 48°25′N 67°21′W / 48.417°N 67.350°W / 48.417; -67.350[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Bas-Saint-Laurent
RCM La Matapédia
Settled 1896
Constituted December 17, 1997
 • Mayor Michel Chevarie
 • Fed. riding Haute-Gaspésie—La
 • Prov. riding Matane-Matapédia
 • Total 84.40 km2 (32.59 sq mi)
 • Land 82.24 km2 (31.75 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 1,453
 • Density 17.7/km2 (46/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Decrease 2.8%
 • Dwellings 565
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s) G0J 1M0
Area code(s) 418 and 581
Highways Route 132

Lac-au-Saumon is a municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec, located in La Matapédia Regional Council Municipality in the Matapédia Valley.

The municipality had a population of 1,453 as of the Canada 2011 Census.

The village is located on the shores of the eponymous Lac au Saumon (French for "Salmon Lake") that is an enlargement of the Matapédia River. It was known as a spawning ground for salmon, but major pollution from mills made this a thing of the past.[1]


The area opened up to colonization in 1863, and the Mission of Saint-Edmond-du-Lac-au-Saumon was founded in 1876. But it was not until 1896 that real settlement began with the arrival of a group of Acadians from the Magdalen Islands. The following year the Lac-au-Saumon post office opened.[1][4]

In 1904, the Municipality of Saint-Edmond was incorporated when it separated from the Parish Municipality of Saint-Benoît-Joseph-Labre (now Amqui). The following year, the Village Municipality of Lac-au-Saumon was established.[1][4]

On December 17, 1997, the Village Municipality of Lac-au-Saumon and the Municipality of Saint-Edmond were amalgamated to form the new Municipality of Lac-au-Saumon.[1]


Canada census – Lac-au-Saumon, Quebec community profile
2011 2006
Population: 1,453 (-2.8% from 2006) 1,495 (-2.9% from 2001)
Land area: 82.24 km2 (31.75 sq mi) 82.24 km2 (31.75 sq mi)
Population density: 17.7/km2 (46/sq mi) 18.2/km2 (47/sq mi)
Median age: 48.5 (M: 46.1, F: 50.4) 46.4 (M: 44.9, F: 48.1)
Total private dwellings: 565 587
Median household income: $43,079 $37,988
References: 2011[3] 2006[5] earlier[6]

Canada Census data before 2001 (pre-merger):[7]

Municipal council[edit]

  • Mayor: Michel Chevarie
  • Councillors: Gérald Ruel, Michel Lapierre, Karine Dostie, Patrick Bacon, Sylvain Harvey

Mayors of the Municipality of Lac-au-Saumon
(following the merger with Saint-Edmond)

  • Michel Chevarie 2009-
  • Jean-Claude Dumoulin 2005-2009
  • Aurélien Beaulieu 1998-2005
  • Jean-Claude Dumoulin 1997-1998

Mayors of the former Village Municipality of Lac-au-Saumon

See also[edit]


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