Les Appalaches Regional County Municipality

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Les Appalaches
Regional county municipality
Quebec MRC Les Appalaches location map.svg
Coordinates: 46°05′N 71°18′W / 46.083°N 71.300°W / 46.083; -71.300Coordinates: 46°05′N 71°18′W / 46.083°N 71.300°W / 46.083; -71.300[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Chaudière-Appalaches
Effective January 1, 1982
County seat Thetford Mines
 • Type Prefecture
 • Prefect Ghislain Hamel
 • Total 1,987.10 km2 (767.22 sq mi)
 • Land 1,912.88 km2 (738.57 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 43,120
 • Density 22.5/km2 (58/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Decrease 0.6%
 • Dwellings 22,306
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Area code(s) 418 and 581
Website www.mrc

Les Appalaches ((in French) Municipalité régionale de comté des Appalaches) is a regional county municipality (RCM) in the Chaudière-Appalaches region in southeastern Quebec, Canada. It was established in 1982 from parts of the historic counties of Beauce, Frontenac, Mégantic, and Wolfe. The county seat and largest city is Thetford Mines.

The name of the RCM is linked to its location in the Appalachian Mountains with Mounts Adstock, Caribou, Oak, and Saint-Adrien being the highest. Until 2008, it was known as L'Amiante Regional County Municipality, because of the importance of asbestos mining in the region (amiante is French for "asbestos").


There are 19 subdivisions within the RCM:[2]



(Statistics Canada, 2006)

  • National rank in terms of population: 128
  • Provincial rank in terms of population: 35
  • 99.1% White
  • 0.3% Aboriginal
  • 0.6% Visible Minority


Mother tongue language from Canada 2006 Census

Language Population Pct (%)
French only 41,150 96.98%
English only 585 1.38%
Both English and French 205 0.48%
Other languages 490 1.16%


Access Routes[edit]

Highways and numbered routes that run through the municipality, including external routes that start or finish at the county border:[4]


  • Chemins Craig and Gosford Historic Route
  • Serpentine-de-Coleraine Ecological Reserve (Saint-Joseph-de-Coleraine)
  • Frontenac National Park (Adstock)
  • Heritage Kinnear's Mills (Kinnear's Mills)
  • Mount Adstock (Adstock)
  • Musée minéralogique et minier de Thetford Mines (Thetford Mines)
  • Thetford Mines Bike Path (Thetford Mines)

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