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Saint-Georges, Quebec

Coordinates: 46°07′N 70°40′W / 46.117°N 70.667°W / 46.117; -70.667
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A view of Saint-Georges, with the CEGEP at the top of the hill.
A view of Saint-Georges, with the CEGEP at the top of the hill.
Coat of arms of Saint-Georges
Ensemble pour l'avenir
(French for "Together for the future")
Location within Beauce-Sartigan RCM.
Location within Beauce-Sartigan RCM.
Saint-Georges is located in Southern Quebec
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°07′N 70°40′W / 46.117°N 70.667°W / 46.117; -70.667[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
ConstitutedSeptember 26, 2001
 • MayorClaude Morin
 • Governing BodySaint-Georges City Council
 • MPRichard Lehoux (Beauce, Conservative)
 • MNASamuel Poulin (Beauce-Sud, CAQ)
 • City202.40 km2 (78.15 sq mi)
 • Land199.08 km2 (76.87 sq mi)
 • Urban
27.09 km2 (10.46 sq mi)
 • Metro355.62 km2 (137.31 sq mi)
 • City32,935
 • Density165.4/km2 (428/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Urban density1,011.5/km2 (2,620/sq mi)
 • Metro34,833
 • Metro density95.4/km2 (247/sq mi)
 • Pop 2016–2021
Increase 1.3%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)418 and 581

PeopleGeorgiens, Georgiennes

Saint-Georges (French pronunciation: [sɛ̃ ʒɔʁʒ] ) is a city in the province of Quebec, Canada. It is the seat of Beauce-Sartigan Regional County Municipality, part of the Chaudière-Appalaches region. The population was 32,935 as of the Canada 2021 Census. Route 173 runs through Saint-Georges Est (where it is known as Boulevard Lacroix) and heads south to the border with Maine, United States.

The name of the parish and of the city, Saint-Georges, is in homage to George Pozer, the fourth seigneur of Aubert-Gallion.[5]

The Beauce-Etchemin School Board (Commission scolaire de la Beauce-Etchemin) has its headquarters on 118th Street. Saint-Georges is home to the Cégep Beauce-Appalaches.

In 2002, it amalgamated with Saint-Georges-Est (pop. 4,110), Aubert-Gallion (pop. 2,444) and Saint-Jean-de-la-Lande (pop. 786).

It is home to one of the few inflatable dams, introduced to raise the water level of the Chaudière River for water-based activities and to make the riverside more attractive. Pedestrian bridges were also built over the river as part of the same project.


The history of Saint-Georges goes back to the late seventeenth century, at which point the region was inhabited principally by the Algonquin people also known as the Anishinaabe. The first European presence recorded is that of a Jesuit missionary called Father Gabriel Druillettes who made three visits in 1646, 1650 and, finally, in 1651, but there was no colonial settlement established at this time. By the middle of the next century, however, two colonial seigneuries had been established on the present site of Saint-Georges: these were Aubin-de-l'Isle and Aubert-Gallion.[6] Records indicate that in 1760 one of these, Aubert-Gallion, passed into the hands of Marie-Anne Josephte de l'Estrigant de St-Martin and of her daughter Charlotte-Marie-Anne-Joseph Aubert de la Chesnaye. The two heiresses sold their inheritance in 1768 to William Grant, a Scotsmen with ambitions to become a major Canadian landowner. Grant died in 1805 or 1807 (sources differ) and the estate was sold again, this time to the German (at least by birthplace), Johann Georg Pfotzer. The canonical parish of Saint-Georges was created in 1835,[7] and the secular parish/municipality in 1856.


Saint-Georges is located 85 km south of Quebec City, 125 km northeast of Sherbrooke and 40 km north of the state of Maine. The other towns of some importance in the vicinity, Lévis and Thetford Mines, are located respectively 80 km to the north and 50 km to the west of Saint-Georges. Saint-Georges shares its borders with Saint-Honoré-de-Shenley to the southwest, with Saint-Benoît-Labre to the west. Notre-Dame-des-Pins, Saint-Simon-les-Mines and Saint-Benjamin are the neighboring municipalities to the north. The border is shared with Saint-Prosper, Saint-Philibert, Saint-Côme–Linière while the southeast is shared with Saint-Martin and Saint-René.

Downtown Saint-Georges extends on both banks of the Chaudière River in the center of the territory; another urban core, the neighborhood of Saint-Jean-de-la-Lande is located southwest of downtown. Saint-Georges is located north of the Beauce-Sartigan Regional County Municipality in the administrative region of Chaudière-Appalaches. The three catholic parishes, L'Assomption-de-la-Bienheureuse-Vierge-Marie, Saint-Georges and Saint-Jean-de-la-Lande, are part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quebec. The city is part of the Beauce tourist sub-region, which is located in the Chaudière-Appalaches tourist region.


Although a relatively small city, Saint-Georges is often considered the Metropolis of Beauce Region because it's the largest city in the region. Saint-Georges is an important manufacturing centre, including textiles, steel forgings, garage doors, bicycles and truck trailers. The town is home to the headquarters of the Canam Group, a construction company, and Manac (trailers), the biggest semi-trailer manufacturer in Canada. Both these companies are under operation of the Dutil family. The city has a wide array of local and national retailers and restaurants, as well as many services including financial institutions, schools of different levels, medical clinics, a hospital and several others that are not found elsewhere in the region. Carrefour Saint-Georges is the largest shopping mall in town and in the region.

Saint-Georges is the headquarters of the intercity bus company Autocars La Chaudière, which provides bus services in the Beauce Region to Quebec City. The city also has a regional airport. The extension of Autoroute 73 from Beauceville, Quebec, approximately 11 kilometres (7 mi) to the north, to Saint-Georges was discussed for almost thirty years before finally being completed in 2016.[8]


In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Saint-Georges had a population of 32,935 living in 15,415 of its 16,058 total private dwellings, a change of 1.3% from its 2016 population of 32,513. With a land area of 199.08 km2 (76.87 sq mi), it had a population density of 165.4/km2 (428.5/sq mi) in 2021.[9]

Population trend:[10]

  • Population in 2021: 32,935 (2016 to 2021 population change: 1.3%)
  • Population in 2016: 32,513
  • Population in 2011: 31,173
  • Population in 2006: 29,616
  • Population in 2001: 28,127
  • Population in 1996: 20,057
  • Population in 1991: 19,583

Mother Tongue:[3]

  • English: 0.9%
  • French: 96.7%
  • English and French: 0.4%
  • Other only: 1.7%

In the 2021 Canadian Census, Saint-Georges was 96% white, 1.4% Aboriginal, and 2.6% visible minority.[11]

City council[edit]

City council (as of 2022):[12]

  • Mayor: Claude Morin
  • Councillors: Serge Thomassin, Tom Redmond, Jean Perron, Esther Fortin, Manon Bougie, Jean-Pierre Fortier, Olivier Duval, Renaud Fortier

Twin towns[edit]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Banque de noms de lieux du Québec: Reference number 80047". toponymie.gouv.qc.ca (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec.
  2. ^ a b "Répertoire des municipalités: Geographic code 29073". www.mamh.gouv.qc.ca (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation.
  3. ^ a b c "Census Profile, 2021 Census, Statistics Canada - Validation Error".
  4. ^ a b https://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2021/dp-pd/prof/details/page.cfm?Lang=E&SearchText=Saint%2DGeorges&DGUIDlist=2021A00052429073,2021S0504428&GENDERlist=1&STATISTIClist=1,4&HEADERlist=0 The census agglomeration consists of Saint-Georges, Saint-Philibert, Saint-René and Saint-Simon-les-Mines.
  5. ^ Garant, André (1985). À l'ombre du clocher-- Saint-Georges-de-Beauce : 150e anniversaire de l'érection canonique, 1835-1985 (in French). Fabrique Saint-Georges-de-Beauce. ISBN 978-2-9800513-0-2. OCLC 16060860.
  6. ^ "Histoire de Ville de Saint-Georges de Beauce". www.saint-georges.ca. Archived from the original on November 20, 2011.
  7. ^ "Les Seigneurs et premiers censitaires de St-Georges-Beauce et la famille Pozer/Texte entier - Wikisource".
  8. ^ "L'évolution de la 73 en 15 étapes" (in French). L'Éclaireur Progrès. September 30, 2016. Retrieved May 28, 2021.
  9. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), Quebec". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  10. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016, 2021 census
  11. ^ Statistics Canada (October 26, 2022). "2016 Census: Data tables". Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  12. ^ "Conseil municipal".

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