Métis-sur-Mer, Quebec

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Location within La Mitis RCM
Location within La Mitis RCM
Métis-sur-Mer is located in Eastern Quebec
Location in eastern Quebec
Coordinates: 48°40′N 68°00′W / 48.67°N 68°W / 48.67; -68Coordinates: 48°40′N 68°00′W / 48.67°N 68°W / 48.67; -68[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Bas-Saint-Laurent
RCM La Mitis
Constituted July 4, 2002
Boroughs MacNider
 • Mayor Jean-Pierre Pelletier
 • Federal riding Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia
 • Prov. riding Matane-Matapédia
 • Total 263.70 km2 (101.82 sq mi)
 • Land 48.63 km2 (18.78 sq mi)
Population (2011)[4]
 • Total 607
 • Density 12.4/km2 (32/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 0.5%
 • Dwellings 417
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s) G0J 1S0
Area code(s) 418 and 581
Highways Route 132
Website www.ville.metis-sur-mer.qc.ca

Métis-sur-Mer is a city in the La Mitis Regional County Municipality within the Bas-Saint-Laurent region of Quebec, Canada. It had a population of 607 in the Canada 2011 Census.[4]


The name "Métis" is said to come from a Mi'kmaq word meaning "meeting place"; "sur-mer" refers to its location on the Saint Lawrence River.


From 1818, John MacNider, the Scottish Seigneur (Seigneurial system of New France|Seigneur]] of Métis started settling the area with Scottish immigrants.

The city has a borough named MacNider, named after [John MacNider] family, whose territory corresponds to the former (pre-merger) village municipality of Métis-sur-Mer.(Metis Beach)[5][6]

On July 4, 2002, the village of Métis-sur-Mer and the municipality of Les Boules merged to form the city of Métis-sur-Mer.[7]


In the 2011 Census, Statistics Canada originally reported that Métis-sur-Mer had a population of 644 living in 298 of its 427 total dwellings, a 6.6% change from its 2006 population of 604.[8] Statistics Canada subsequently amended the 2011 census results to a population of 607 living in 288 of its 417 total dwellings, a 0.5% change from 2006.[4] With a land area of 48.63 km2 (18.78 sq mi), it had a population density of 12.482/km2 (32.328/sq mi) in 2011.[4][8]

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