Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu, Quebec

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Skyline of Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu
Location within La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM
Location within La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM
Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu is located in Southern Quebec
Location in southern Quebec
Coordinates: 45°47′N 73°09′W / 45.783°N 73.150°W / 45.783; -73.150Coordinates: 45°47′N 73°09′W / 45.783°N 73.150°W / 45.783; -73.150[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montérégie
RCM La Vallée-du-Richelieu
Settled 1694
Constituted December 24, 1997
 • Mayor Jacques Villemaire
 • Federal riding Pierre-Boucher—Les Patriotes—Verchères
 • Prov. riding Borduas
 • Total 86.40 km2 (33.36 sq mi)
 • Land 85.01 km2 (32.82 sq mi)
Population (2011)[4]
 • Total 2,285
 • Density 26.9/km2 (70/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 1.9%
 • Dwellings 992
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0H 1K0
Area code(s) 450 and 579
Highways Route 133
Route 137
Website www.stdenis

Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu is a municipality in the southwestern part of the Province of Quebec, Canada on the Richelieu River in the Regional County Municipality of La Vallée-du-Richelieu. The population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 2,285.


In 1694, King Louis XIV granted the Seigneurie of Saint-Denis to the aristocrat French Army officer, Louis-François De Gannes, sieur de Falaise of Buxeuil, Vienne, France. He named his seigniory after his wife, Barbe Denys.

A great stone Roman Catholic Saint-Denis Church was completed in 1796.

On November 23, 1837, Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu was the site of the murder of British courier, Lieutenant George Weir by Patriotes. Subsequently, the Patriotes, calling themselves The Sons of Liberty based on the American model, won a battle here against the British Army that marked the official beginning of the Lower Canada Rebellion. Today, Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu has a museum called the Maison nationale des Patriotes, an interpretation centre that presents a history of the Patriotes movement that was led by the villager's most famous resident, Wolfred Nelson.

On October 21s 2012, a monument to the memory of Louis-Joseph Papineau was unveiled in a park next to City Hall, along the river, by Québec Premiere Pauline Marois.


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