Saint-Alban, Quebec

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Saint-Alban
Location within Portneuf RCM.
Location within Portneuf RCM.
Saint-Alban is located in Central Quebec
Saint-Alban
Saint-Alban
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°43′N 72°05′W / 46.717°N 72.083°W / 46.717; -72.083Coordinates: 46°43′N 72°05′W / 46.717°N 72.083°W / 46.717; -72.083[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
RegionCapitale-Nationale
RCMPortneuf
Settled1830
ConstitutedDecember 31, 1991
Government
 • MayorLynn Audet
 • Federal ridingPortneuf—Jacques-Cartier
 • Prov. ridingPortneuf
Area
 • Total159.10 km2 (61.43 sq mi)
 • Land149.53 km2 (57.73 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[3]
 • Total1,225
 • Density8.2/km2 (21/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011
Increase 7.6%
 • Dwellings
764
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)418 and 581
Highways Route 354
Websitewww.st-alban.qc.ca

Saint-Alban is a municipality in the Capitale-Nationale region of Quebec, Canada. The place is known for its caves and crevices, and the gorge of the Sainte-Anne River.

History[edit]

The first settlers, coming from Saint-Ambroise-de-la-Jeune-Lorette, Deschambault, Grondines, and Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade, began clearing the area around 1830. In 1851, a mill was built that led to the development of the village. In 1856, the parish was founded, followed by the post office in 1857, and the parish municipality in 1860. Its official full name was Saint-Alban-d'Alton, and named after Saint Alban, the first martyr in Britain in the third century. Alton refers to its location in the geographic township of Alton, formed in 1841 and named after an English town in Hampshire.[1]

In January 1918, the village centre itself separated from the parish municipality and was incorporated as the Village Municipality of Saint-Alban. In 1991, the parish and village municipalities merged again to form the new Municipality of Saint-Alban.[1]

1894 Landslide[edit]

On 27 April[4]1894 Canada's largest known landslide occurred in Saint-Alban. Displacing 185 million cubic metres (6.5×10^9 cu ft) of rock and dirt, leaving a 40 metres (130 ft) scar, that covered 4.6 million square metres (50×10^6 sq ft).[5]

Demographics[edit]

Population trend:[6]

  • Population in 2011: 1225 (2006 to 2011 population change: 7.6%)
  • Population in 2006: 1138
  • Population in 2001: 1170
  • Population in 1996: 1159
  • Population in 1991: 1176

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 552 (total dwellings: 764)

Mother tongue:

  • English as first language: 0%
  • French as first language: 100%
  • English and French as first language: 0%
  • Other as first language: 0%

Historical publications[edit]

  • Mariages de St-Alban (comté Portneuf) 1856-1900, compiled by Benoit Pontbriand, agronomist, 1965, 63 pages.(in French)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Saint-Alban (municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
  2. ^ a b Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire - Répertoire des municipalités: Saint-Alban
  3. ^ a b Statistics Canada 2011 Census - Saint-Alban census profile
  4. ^ "History of Saint-Alban". Saint Alban (in French). City of Saint Alban. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Landslides". Get Prepared. Public Safety Canada. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  6. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census