Plessisville, Quebec

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This article is about the city. For the parish municipality, see Plessisville, Quebec (parish).
Motto: "Meliora paramus" (We are preparing better things)
Location within L'Érable RCM.
Location within L'Érable RCM.
Plessisville is located in Southern Quebec
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°13′N 71°47′W / 46.217°N 71.783°W / 46.217; -71.783Coordinates: 46°13′N 71°47′W / 46.217°N 71.783°W / 46.217; -71.783[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Centre-du-Québec
RCM L'Érable
Constituted April 27, 1855
 • Mayor Jean-Noël Bergeron (Since November 3rd, 2013)
 • Federal riding Mégantic—L'Érable
 • Prov. riding Arthabaska
 • Total 4.40 km2 (1.70 sq mi)
 • Land 4.33 km2 (1.67 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 6,688
 • Density 1,546.0/km2 (4,004/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 0.2%
 • Dwellings 3,115
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) G6L
Area code(s) 819
Highways Route 116
Route 165

Plessisville, Quebec is a county seat of L'Érable Regional County Municipality, Quebec, Canada. Routes 116 and 165 go through it. The city is 185 km from Montreal and 95 km from Quebec City. Plessisville's claim to fame is as the "World's Maple Capital"; the city has hosted an annual Maple festival since 1958, and the Institut québécois de l'érable (Quebec Maple Institute) is headquartered there. The production of maple syrup and maple products is a major industry in the entire area, even giving the regional county municipality its name (érable is French for "maple").

The first person to permanently settle in the area was Jean-Baptiste Lafond, in 1835. First incorporated as the village of Somerset, the settlement was officially incorporated as the village of Plessisville in 1855 in honour of Monseigneur Octave Plessis, bishop of Quebec at the time.

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