Location within Montcalm RCM.
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Constituted||July 1, 1855|
|• Mayor||Louis-Charles Thouin|
|• Federal riding||Montcalm|
|• Prov. riding||Rousseau|
|• Total||146.70 km2 (56.64 sq mi)|
|• Land||143.36 km2 (55.35 sq mi)|
|• Density||41.4/km2 (107/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−4)|
|Postal code(s)||J0K 1Z0|
|Area code(s)||450 and 579|
Saint-Calixte is a municipality and town in the Lanaudière region of Quebec, Canada, part of the Montcalm Regional County Municipality. Its proximity to the city of Montreal, and its natural environment, make Saint-Calixte a destination for camping in the summertime. There are also many cottages that surround the many lakes in the region. In 2013, Quebec's largest amusement/camping site, Camping et parc d'amusement Atlantide, a 10 million dollar investment, opened its doors in the municipality. The development of the theme park and camping site is arising hopes[by whom?] of new development in Saint-Calixte.
In 1851, the Saint-Calixte Mission was formed, named after Pope Callixtus I. In 1855, the municipality was reestablished as the Township Municipality of Kilkenny, taking the name of the geographic township in which it is located (the township was formed in 1832 and named after a city and county in Ireland). A year later in 1856, the post office opened, bearing the name Saint-Calixte-de-Kilkenny since 1877. In 1954, the municipality was renamed to its current name.
The Lac Dodon meteorite was found near the town in 1993.
Camping et parc d'amusement Atlantide
In 2011, two investors from Terrebonne, QC decided to invest 10 million dollars to build a theme park, and camping site in the province of Quebec. After a number of years of planning, they chose Saint-Calixte as the location of the park, and purchased a 5 million square feet property in the municipality. After more than a year of construction, the first phase of the park opened in summer 2013, with over 300 camping spaces available, and a water park, as well as playgrounds. Two other expansion phases are planned for 2014 and 2015,[needs update] which are planned to increase the capacity of the park and camping ground to 2000 spaces, with an articifial lake and beach, as well as a convenience store.
Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 2753 (total dwellings: 3592)
- English as first language: 3%
- French as first language: 94%
- English and French as first language: 1%
- Other as first language: 2%
- Reference number 55770 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (French)
- Geographic code 63055 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (French)
- Statistics Canada 2011 Census - Saint-Calixte census profile
- Official Transport Quebec Road Map
- "Saint-Calixte (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census