Saint-Gabriel, Quebec

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For other places named Saint-Gabriel in Quebec, see Saint Gabriel (disambiguation).
Location within D'Autray RCM.
Location within D'Autray RCM.
Saint-Gabriel is located in Central Quebec
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°18′N 73°23′W / 46.300°N 73.383°W / 46.300; -73.383Coordinates: 46°18′N 73°23′W / 46.300°N 73.383°W / 46.300; -73.383[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Lanaudière
RCM D'Autray
Settled 1825
Constituted December 17, 1892
 • Mayor Gaétan Gravel
 • Federal riding Berthier—Maskinongé
 • Prov. riding Berthier
 • Total 12.90 km2 (4.98 sq mi)
 • Land 2.81 km2 (1.08 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 2,844
 • Density 1,012.3/km2 (2,622/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 0.6%
 • Dwellings 1,578
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0K 2N0
Area code(s) 450 and 579
Highways Route 347
Route 348

Saint-Gabriel is a town in the Lanaudière region of Quebec, Canada, part of the D'Autray Regional County Municipality. It is located on the shores of Lake Maskinongé, in the shadows of the Laurentian Mountains.


The first settlers were Loyalists, Irish, and Scottish, arriving around 1825 to the shores of Lake Maskinongé, where they formed a community that was known as Lake Maskinongé Settlement by 1827, and later as the Mission of Lac-Maskinongé. In 1837, the name Saint-Gabriel-du-Lac-Maskinongé came in use but was changed to Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon in 1840. This name refers to the angel Gabriel and the geographic township of Brandon that was proclaimed in 1827 and in which it is located.[4]

In 1851, the Parish of Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon was founded and the post office opened that same year. In 1855, the Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon Parish Municipality was established [4] and the town of Saint-Gabriel remained part of this parish municipality until 1892, when it separated and became the Village Municipality of Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon. In 1967, it changed its status and name to Ville de Saint-Gabriel by then Mayor Yvan Comeau.[1]


Population trend:[5]

  • Population in 2011: 2844 (2006 to 2011 population change: 0.6%)
  • Population in 2006: 2828
  • Population in 2001: 2775
  • Population in 1996: 2862
  • Population in 1991: 2710

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 1340 (total dwellings: 1578)

Mother tongue:

  • English as first language: 3.5%
  • French as first language: 96.1%
  • English and French as first language: 0%
  • Other as first language: 0.4%


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Saint-Gabriel (Ville)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 52080 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
  3. ^ a b Statistics Canada 2011 Census - Saint-Gabriel census profile
  4. ^ a b "Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon (Municipalité de paroisse)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  5. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  6. ^ "JOLIETTE ELEMENTARY ZONE." Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. Retrieved on September 17, 2017.
  7. ^ "Joliette High School Zone Sec 1-5." Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. Retrieved on September 5, 2017.

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