Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, Quebec

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Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan
Municipality
Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan.jpg
Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan is located in Côte-Nord Region Quebec
Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan
Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan
Location in Côte-Nord region of Quebec.
Coordinates: 50°16′N 64°09′W / 50.267°N 64.150°W / 50.267; -64.150Coordinates: 50°16′N 64°09′W / 50.267°N 64.150°W / 50.267; -64.150[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Côte-Nord
RCM Minganie
Settled c. 1880
Constituted January 1, 1966
Government[2]
 • Mayor Jean-Luc Burgess
 • Federal riding Manicouagan
 • Prov. riding Duplessis
Area[2][3]
 • Total 641.00 km2 (247.49 sq mi)
 • Land 388.76 km2 (150.10 sq mi)
Elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 479
 • Density 1.2/km2 (3/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 11.4%
 • Dwellings 229
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) G0G 1V0
Area code(s) 418 and 581
Highways Route 138

Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan is a municipality in the Côte-Nord region of the province of Quebec in Canada.

The descriptive name Longue-Pointe (French for "Long Point") refers to a long spit of sand west of the village that has had various names through the centuries: first called Longue Pointe on a map of 1735, followed by the English form of Long Point in the late 17th and early 18th century, then Mingan Point on the map of Captain Carver (1776). James Cook and Placide Vigneau called it Pointe de Mingan (1784) and Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan (1857) respectively.[1]

History[edit]

Around 1880, the first settlers arrived, mostly from Paspébiac, themselves descendants of Acadians. In 1885, the post office opened.[1]

The municipality was officially created in 1966 as Longue-Pointe, but renamed to Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan on April 5, 1997.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

Canada census – Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, Quebec community profile
2011 2006
Population: 479 (+11.4% from 2006) 430 (-14.9% from 2001)
Land area: 388.76 km2 (150.10 sq mi) 388.76 km2 (150.10 sq mi)
Population density: 1.2/km2 (3.1/sq mi) 1.1/km2 (2.8/sq mi)
Median age: 50.1 (M: 49.2, F: 51.9) 46.8 (M: 45.2, F: 48.3)
Total private dwellings: 229 204
Median household income: $.N/A $48,043
Notes: 2011 income data for this area has been suppressed for data quality or confidentiality reasons. – References: 2011[3] 2006[4] earlier[5]
Historical Census Data - Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, Quebec[6]
Year Pop. ±%
1991 552 —    
1996 537 −2.7%
Year Pop. ±%
2001 505 −6.0%
2006 430 −14.9%
Year Pop. ±%
2011 479 +11.4%

Language[edit]

Canada Census Mother Tongue - Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, Quebec[6]
Census Total
French
English
French & English
Other
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
2011
485
460 Increase 9.8% 94.85% 10 Increase n/a% 2.06% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00% 15 Increase 33.3% 3.09%
2006
425
415 Decrease 17.0% 97.65% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00% 10 Steady 0.0% 2.35%
2001
510
500 Decrease 4.8% 98.04% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00% 10 Increase n/a% 1.96%
1996
525
525 n/a 100.00% 0 n/a 0.00% 0 n/a 0.00% 0 n/a 0.00%

Tourism[edit]

In the region, there is a statue of a Giant Puffin. It is a tribute to the seabirds that live in colonies around the town's shores. On July 5, 2010, Canada Post made a commemorative stamp of the giant Atlantic Puffin as part of its Roadside Attractions collection.[7]

The town is also the location of the Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS),[8] a research station that studies marine animals. MICS gives tourists the opportunity to support the organization by allowing visitors to ride on a boat with the research team. While on this boat, visitors can expect to come within meters of whales and other marine animals.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  2. ^ a b "Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan". Répertoire des municipalités (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  3. ^ a b c "Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-05-07.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "cp2011" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  4. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  5. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  7. ^ Canada Post Stamp Details, July to September 2010, p,8, Volume XIX, No. 3
  8. ^ http://www.rorqual.com/index.php