Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!

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Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!
Parish municipality
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Coat of arms of Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!
Coat of arms
Motto(s): Solidaire dans le labeur ("Solidarity in work")
Location within Témiscouata RCM
Location within Témiscouata RCM
Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! is located in Eastern Quebec
Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!
Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!
Location in eastern Quebec
Coordinates: 47°40′N 68°59′W / 47.67°N 68.98°W / 47.67; -68.98Coordinates: 47°40′N 68°59′W / 47.67°N 68.98°W / 47.67; -68.98[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Bas-Saint-Laurent
RCM Témiscouata
Named 1874
Constituted July 14, 1874
Government[2]
 • Mayor Louiselle Ouellet
 • Federal riding Rimouski-Neigette—
Témiscouata—Les Basques
 • Prov. riding Rivière-du-Loup–Témiscouata
Area[2][3]
 • Total 110.50 km2 (42.66 sq mi)
 • Land 112.31 km2 (43.36 sq mi)
  There is an apparent contradiction between two authoritative sources
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 1,318
 • Density 11.7/km2 (30/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006–11 Decrease 2.2%
 • Dwellings 590
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s) G0L 3S0
Area code(s) 418 and 581
Highways Trans-Canada Highway
Website www.saintlouisduhaha.com

Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! (French pronunciation: ​[sɛ̃.lwi.dɥ.ˈa.ʔa]) is a parish municipality in the Témiscouata Regional County Municipality in Quebec, near the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River in Canada. It is located southeast of Rivière-du-Loup and west of Cabano along the Trans-Canada Highway (Route 185), about halfway to Edmundston in New Brunswick. The population of Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! is 1,318.[3] Its economy is mainly agricultural.

Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!'s motto is Solidaire dans le labeur, French for Solidarity in work. Its current mayor is Louiselle Ouellet.

History[edit]

The parish began in 1860 as the site of a Roman Catholic mission; it was named in 1874.[4]

Etymology[edit]

The Commission de toponymie du Québec asserts that the parish's name refers to nearby Lake Témiscouata, the sense of haha here being an archaic French word for an unexpected obstacle or abruptly ending path;[5] see Ha-ha. The Louis may refer to Louis Marquis, one of the first colonists of the region, or Louis-Antoine Proulx, vicar of Rivière-du-Loup, or perhaps the abbot Louis-Nicolas Bernier.[1] Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! is the only town in the world with two exclamation points in its name.[5]

A Canada Post sign in Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!

Similarly named places in Quebec[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Reference number 57133 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 13080 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
  3. ^ a b c "(Code 2413080) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012.
  4. ^ "TransCanadaHighway.com St Louis du Ha Ha, Quebec". FoundLocally.com. Retrieved 2009-12-05.
  5. ^ a b Jeffries, Stuart (29 April 2009). "The joy of exclamation marks!". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-08.
  6. ^ "Baie des Ha! Ha!". Commission de toponymie du Québec.
  7. ^ "Baie des Ha! Ha!". Commission de toponymie du Québec.
  8. ^ "Rivière Ha! Ha!". Commission de toponymie du Québec.

External links[edit]

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