Le Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent Regional County Municipality
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|Effective||July 7, 2010|
|• Prefect||Bryce Douglas Fequet|
|• Total||65,148.50 km2 (25,153.98 sq mi)|
|• Land||43,340.96 km2 (16,734.04 sq mi)|
|• Density||0.1/km2 (0.3/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2006-2011||6.9%|
|Area code(s)||418 and 581|
Le Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent is a regional county municipality in the Côte-Nord region of far-eastern Quebec, Canada. It includes all communities along the Gulf of Saint Lawrence between the Natashquan River and the Newfoundland and Labrador border.
It has an area of 65,148.50 square kilometres (25,153.98 sq mi) according to Quebec's Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire (which includes coastal, lake, and river water territory and also disputed land within Labrador), or a land area of 43,340.96 square kilometres (16,734.04 sq mi) according to Statistics Canada. The population from the Canada 2011 Census was 5126.
Le Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent and the neighbouring Minganie Regional County Municipality are grouped into the single census division of Minganie–Le Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent (known as Minganie–Basse-Côte-Nord before 2010). The combined population at the Canada 2011 Census was 11,708.
Le Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent Regional County Municipality was created in July 2010, replacing Basse-Côte-Nord, which was a territory equivalent to a regional county municipality. It is territorially much larger than Basse-Côte-Nord was, because at the time of its creation it received the (uninhabited) Petit-Mécatina unorganized territory in a transfer from Minganie Regional County Municipality.
Le Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent Regional County Municipality is characterized by the absence of road connections between the villages that are spread out along its 375 kilometres (233 mi) shoreline of the gulf. Except for Blanc-Sablon, all communities are only accessible by boat or plane, although Quebec Route 138 is being planned to extend all along the coast. Since the early 1990s, the region's commercial fishing industry has seen a steep decline, but a tourism industry is being developed to promote hunting and fishing outfitters, among other activities.
There are 6 subdivisions and one native reserve within the RCM:
Highways and numbered routes that run through the municipality, including external routes that start or finish at the county border:
- "Le Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent (Municipalité régionale de comté)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2010-10-10.
- Geographic code 982 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
- "(Code 2498) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012.
- Derived indirectly from Minganie—Le Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent census division Hierarchy data, by summing up data for Blanc-Sablon, Bonne-Espérance, Côte-Nord-du-Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent, Gros-Mécatina, La Romaine, Pakuashipi, Petit-Mécatina and Saint-Augustin census subdivisions.
- Audrée Soucy (July 2010), "Municipalité régionale de comté (MRC)" (PDF), Modifications aux municipalités du Québec, Québec: Institut de la statistique du Québec, ISSN 1715-6408, archived from the original (PDF) on June 12, 2011, retrieved 2010-09-17
- Official Transport Quebec Road Map