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 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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