Saint-Aubert, Quebec

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Location within L'Islet RCM.
Location within L'Islet RCM.
Saint-Aubert is located in Southern Quebec
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 47°11′N 70°13′W / 47.183°N 70.217°W / 47.183; -70.217Coordinates: 47°11′N 70°13′W / 47.183°N 70.217°W / 47.183; -70.217[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Chaudière-Appalaches
RCM L'Islet
Constituted 1 July 1857
 • Mayor Ghislain Deschene (2016-)
 • Federal riding Montmagny—L'Islet—
 • Prov. riding Côte-du-Sud
 • Total 100.90 km2 (38.96 sq mi)
 • Land 100.41 km2 (38.77 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 1,409
 • Density 14.0/km2 (36/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Decrease 4.0%
 • Dwellings 944
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) G0R 2R0
Area code(s) 418 and 581
Highways Route 204

Saint-Aubert is a municipality in Quebec, situated in the L'Islet Regional County Municipality and the Chaudière-Appalaches administrative region. Saint-Aubert lies in the Côte-du-Sud federal electoral district.


Saint-Aubert is situated between St-Jean-Port-Joli and Saint-Damase-de-L'Islet, not far from the southern coast of the Saint Lawrence River, some 100 kilometres (62 mi) from Quebec City. The landscape of Saint-Aubert is defined by its plateaus and hills. Near the village, one may find part of the Notre Dame Mountains, which are an extension of the Appalachians, as well as Three-Salmon Lake (Lac Trois-Saumons).

[Three-Salmon Lake is a]...stunning basin cut from the whiteness of quartz.

— Brother Marie-Victorin, Croquis laurentiens[4]


The village's primary activities are agriculture and maple syrup production. Many from outside the region also choose to spend their holidays here; there is a significant summer camp called Camp Trois-Saumons, which was founded in 1947 on the banks of its eponymous lake.[5] Aside from these activities, the village does contain a number of small boutiques.


In 1857, one year following the establishment of St-Aubert as a parish, the St-Aubert municipality was formed from the southern part of St-Jean-Port-Joli. The village was named in honour of Saint Aubert of Avranches, French bishop and founder of what went on to become the Mont Saint-Michel. However, the name was mostly chosen so as to honour Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspé, lord of St-Jean-Port-Joli. Then-lawyer and sheriff of the Québec district, he was relieved of his responsibilities and found guilty of significant misappropriation of funds. He was imprisoned in 1838. In 1842, he moved to Quebec City and chose to spend his summers in St-Jean-Port-Joli. As he grew old, he published regionally-renowned books Anciens Canadiens (1863) and Mémoires (1866). The people of St-Aubert went on to witness the tripling of their economy in agriculture, holiday-making, and maple syrup production.[1] Shortly before his death, Elgin road (today known as Route 204) was constructed from St-Jean-Port-Joli to the Canada–US border; this facilitated the development of St-Aubert and other villages in the Côte-du-Sud.

The development of Saint-Aubert as a holiday-making destination took shape in 1904 with the opening of a fishing camp called Camp Maria-Joseph on Lac Trois-Saumons by the Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours fishing club. The abundant fish on the lake (particularly trout) drew families from around the area, particularly from nearby L'Islet.

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  1. ^ a b Reference number 55676 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 17055 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
  3. ^ a b "(Code 2417055) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012. 
  4. ^ Kirouac, Marie-Victorin (1982). Croquis laurentiens (in French). Montréal: Fides. p. 64. ISBN 2762111625. "...étonnante vasque taillée dans la blancheur du quartz." 
  5. ^ Camp Trois-Saumons official website (in French)