|Intercommunality||Cœur de Nacre|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jean-Alain Tranquart|
|Area1||3.03 km2 (1.17 sq mi)|
|• Density||640/km2 (1,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||14562 / 14750|
|Elevation||2–30 m (6.6–98.4 ft)
(avg. 10 m or 33 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Up until July 1851, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer was part of the commune of Langrune-sur-Mer. Upon its creation in 1851, Saint-Aubin had a population of 1,153 and Langrune 1,129. During the second half of the 19th century, the population of Saint-Aubin declined to the point that in 1901, there were only 727 inhabitants. In July 1876, a train station was opened in Saint-Aubin along the Caen à la mer line, permitting the development of a sea resort. During the 20th century, the population more than doubled.
World War II
Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer is located at the eastern end of Nan Sector of Juno Beach, one of the landing sites on D-Day, at the beginning of the Battle of Normandy, during World War II. On D-Day the infantry of the North Shore Regiment of New Brunswick stormed the beach, and were backed up by the armour of the Fort Garry Horse (also known as the 10th Armoured Regiment). Le Régiment de la Chaudière of Quebec came ashore in reserve. About 100 defenders garrisoned the town and they were largely unaffected by the preparatory barrage. As such they were able to put up heavy resistance at the beach and in the town as the Canadians pushed inland.
- Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer is the setting of Robert Browning's poem Red Cotton Night-Cap Country, where it is renamed Saint-Rambert.
- In this picturesque seaside town Émile Zola wrote his novel about the underbelly of Paris society, L'Assommoir. It turned him into a literary star. More here plus pics.
- Every summer in the middle of August, Saint-Aubin hosts a week-long festival called La semaine acadienne, composed of concerts by musical groups from Acadia, a Tintamarre, an open-air ball, exhibitions, documentary film showings, etc. The festival also pays tribute to the Acadian soldiers of the North Shore Regiment of New Brunswick who landed on the beach of Saint-Aubin on June 6, 1944.
The commune is twinned with:
- Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada - many soldiers that died in Saint-Aubin were from there
- Emsworth in Hampshire, England
- "Collection complète des lois, décrets, ordonnances, règlements et avis du Conseil d'État, 1851, page 282".
- George Willis Cooke A Guidebook to the Poetic and Dramatic Works of Robert Browning (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1891) p. 316
- "Semaine Acadienne".
- "Grand tintamarre". Calvados Tourisme. Conseil Général du Calvados. Archived from the original on 11 April 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer (Calvados).|
- A baptism of fire on Juno Beach - Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer on D-Day
- Official web site
- TCSA Official site of the Tennis Club association (7 clay courts)
- CBC Digital Archives - D-Day: St. Aubin remembers