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Parish municipality
Location within La Côte-de-Beaupré RCM.
Location within La Côte-de-Beaupré RCM.
St-Louis-de-Gonzague-du-Cap-Tourmente is located in Central Quebec
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 47°04′N 70°50′W / 47.067°N 70.833°W / 47.067; -70.833Coordinates: 47°04′N 70°50′W / 47.067°N 70.833°W / 47.067; -70.833[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Capitale-Nationale
RCM La Côte-de-Beaupré
Constituted January 1, 1917
 • Administrator Jacques Roberge
 • Federal riding Montmorency—Charlevoix
 • Prov. riding Charlevoix–Côte-de-Beaupré
 • Total 7.90 km2 (3.05 sq mi)
 • Land 0.35 km2 (0.14 sq mi)
Population (2011)[4]
 • Total 5
 • Density 14.3/km2 (37/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Steady 0.0%
 • Dwellings 12
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) G1R 4R7
Area code(s) 418 and 581
Highways No major routes

Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague-du-Cap-Tourmente is a parish municipality in Quebec, Canada.

Its population in the Canada 2011 Census was 5.[4] It is a relic of the seigneurial system of New France.[1]


Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague-du-Cap-Tourmente is a small enclave within the municipality of Saint-Joachim, at the foot of Cape Tourmente, and east of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, in the regional county municipality of La Côte-de-Beaupré in the region of Capitale-Nationale.

Located near the provincial capital of Quebec City, it is part of the Communauté métropolitaine de Québec.


Named for Saint Aloysius Gonzaga and Cap Tourmente, a stormy promontory named by Samuel de Champlain, the municipality was set up in 1917 by a law that detached certain buildings and lands belonging to the Séminaire de Québec from the parish of Saint-Joachim in order to avoid paying municipal taxes and fees. At that time, it had an area of several square kilometres, including farmland; however, the law specified that if the Séminaire sold any of its property, it would revert to Saint-Joachim.[1]

By and by, all of the Séminaire's property was sold and was thereby returned to Saint-Joachim, except for the Petit-Cap property, which now constitutes the entire territory of the municipality.


The municipality is not governed by a municipal council but by the Board of Directors of the Séminaire de Québec. As such, it does not have a mayor but rather an administrator.[2]


In the 2011 Census, Statistics Canada originally reported that Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague-du-Cap-Tourmente had a population of 18 living in 8 of its 12 total dwellings, an increase from its 2006 population of 0.[5] Statistics Canada subsequently amended the 2011 census results to a population of 5 living in 1 dwelling.[4] With a land area of 0.35 km2 (0.14 sq mi), it had a population density of 14.3/km2 (37/sq mi) in 2011.[5][4]

Population trend:[6]

  • Population in 2011: 5 (revised from 18 by Statistics Canada)[4]
  • Population in 2006: 0
  • Population in 2001: 0
  • Population in 1996: 4
  • Population in 1991: 6

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague-du-Cap-Tourmente (Municipalité de paroisse)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  2. ^ a b c Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire - Répertoire des municipalités: Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague-du-Cap-Tourmente
  3. ^ Statistics Canada 2011 Census - Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague-du-Cap-Tourmente census profile
  4. ^ a b c d e "Corrections and updates". Statistics Canada. 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  5. ^ a b "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Quebec)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  6. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census

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