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|Constituted||June 12, 1996|
|• Mayor||Gilles Potvin|
|• Federal riding||Lac-Saint-Jean|
|• Prov. riding||Roberval|
|• Total||383.60 km2 (148.11 sq mi)|
|• Land||363.57 km2 (140.38 sq mi)|
|• Density||28.3/km2 (73/sq mi)|
|• Pop (2006–11)||1.9%|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||418 and 581|
Saint-Félicien is a city in the Canadian province of Quebec. The town is located within the Le Domaine-du-Roy Regional County Municipality in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. Its population as of 2006 is 10,477.
The municipality is located on the western shores of Lac Saint-Jean north of Roberval, near the mouth of the Ashuapmushuan River. It is accessible from Chibougamau and northern Quebec via Quebec Route 167 and from locations around the lake and elsewhere across central and southern Quebec via Quebec Route 169.
The town was founded in 1864 when the first settlers from Charlevoix and Chicoutimi arrived. It became a municipality in 1882 and the parish was established in 1884 before becoming a city in 1976 after a merger. Agriculture and saw wood were the predominant economic activities across the region in addition to hunting, fishing and dairy. The railroad started to serve the area in 1917. Wood pulp became a major contributor in the local economy starting in the 1970s.
In 1996, the municipality of Saint-Methode was merged with Saint-Felicien as part of a municipal re-organization in the area.
- Population in 2011: 10278 (2006 to 2011 population change: -1.9 %)
- Population in 2006: 10,477
- Population in 2001: 10,622
- Population total in 1996: 10,797
- Saint-Félicien (ville): 9,599
- Saint-Méthode (municipality): 1,198
- Population in 1991:
- Saint-Félicien (ville): 9,340
- Saint-Méthode (municipality): 1,048
Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 4,389 (total dwellings: 4,835)
- English as first language: 0.5%
- French as first language: 98.4%
- English and French as first language: 0.6%
- Other as first language: 0.4%
The main attraction of the municipality is the 485-acre (1.96 km2) wildlife zoo founded in 1960. The attraction contains about 80 different species including the polar bear, Arctic fox, Canada goose, snowy owl, Canada lynx, American black bear, grizzly bear, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, American bison and the black-tailed prairie dog. Until 1994, the zoo contained various exotic animals but today it contains almost exclusively species native to the boreal climate. In the last years, the zoo acquired animal species living in boreal climate from all around the world, such as: Siberian tiger, Japanese macaque, red-crowned crane and the Bactrian camel.
- Reference number 319119 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
- Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire - Répertoire des municipalités: Saint-Félicien
- "Saint-Félicien census profile". 2011 Census data. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2010-12-02.
- Topos sur le Web : Résultat cartographique
- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
- "Saint-Félicien community profile". 2006 Census data. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2010-12-02.
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