Saint-Damien, Quebec

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Saint-Damien
Parish municipality
Lake Gauthier
Lake Gauthier
Flag of Saint-Damien
Flag
Coat of arms of Saint-Damien
Coat of arms
Motto(s): Per fidem ad Augusta
Location within Matawinie RCM
Location within Matawinie RCM
St-Damien is located in Central Quebec
St-Damien
St-Damien
Location in central Quebec
Coordinates: 46°20′N 73°29′W / 46.33°N 73.48°W / 46.33; -73.48Coordinates: 46°20′N 73°29′W / 46.33°N 73.48°W / 46.33; -73.48[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Lanaudière
RCM Matawinie
Constituted September 6, 1870
Government[2]
 • Mayor Yves Giard
 • Federal riding Joliette
 • Prov. riding Berthier
Area[2][3]
 • Total 268.50 km2 (103.67 sq mi)
 • Land 255.16 km2 (98.52 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 2,020
 • Density 7.9/km2 (20/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Decrease 7.3%
 • Dwellings 1,533
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0K 2E0
Area code(s) 888
Highways Route 347
Website www.st-damien.com

Saint-Damien (formerly named Saint-Damien-de-Brandon) is a parish municipality of 2,020 inhabitants in Quebec, Canada. It is located in Matawinie Regional County Municipality in the Lanaudière region.

History[edit]

The town was founded the 6 September 1870. In French, people from the town are known as damiennois.[2]

Geography[edit]

Saint-Damien is located in the middle of Lanaudière region near Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon municipality, about 100 kilometres (62 mi) north of Montreal, 270 kilometres (170 mi) west of Québec, and 63 kilometres (39 mi) south of Taureau Reservoir. The main street is named "Rue Principale" (meaning, literally, "main street")[4] and it is served by Quebec Route 347 which runs from Quebec Route 158 at Sainte-Geneviève-de-Berthier (2 km west of exit 144 on Autoroute 40) through Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon, Saint Damien, Sainte-Émélie-de-l'Énergie and Saint-Côme to Québec Route 125 in Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci.

The bordering municipalities [5] of Saint-Damien [6] are, starting from northwest and proceeding clockwise, Saint-Zénon (northwest), Mandeville (northeast, in D'Autray Regional County Municipality), Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon (southeast, in D'Autray Regional County Municipality), Saint-Jean-de-Matha (south) and Sainte-Émélie-de-l'Énergie (west).

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

Historical Census Data - Saint-Damien, Quebec[7]
Year Pop. ±%
1991 1,505 —    
1996 1,760 +16.9%
1996A 1,777 +1.0%
2001 1,983 +11.6%
Year Pop. ±%
2001A 1,899 −4.2%
2006 2,178 +14.7%
2011 2,020 −7.3%
(A) adjusted figures due to boundary changes.

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 979 (total dwellings: 1533)

Language[edit]

Mother tongue:[8]

  • English as first language: 0.9%
  • French as first language: 95.4%
  • English and French as first language: 0.5%
  • Other as first language: 3.2%

Education[edit]

The Commission scolaire des Samares operates francophone public schools, including:

  • École Saint-Coeur-de-Marie[9]

The Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board operates anglophone public schools, including:

Famous people[edit]

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