Location within L'Île-d'Orléans RCM.
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|Constituted||July 1, 1855|
|• Mayor||Jacques Trudel|
|• Federal riding||Montmorency—Charlevoix
|• Prov. riding||Charlevoix–Côte-de-Beaupré|
|• Total||32.20 km2 (12.43 sq mi)|
|• Land||31.34 km2 (12.10 sq mi)|
|• Density||57.1/km2 (148/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2006-2011||1.5%|
|Time zone||EST (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−4)|
|Postal code(s)||G0A 4E0|
|Area code(s)||418 and 581|
Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans is a municipality in the Capitale-Nationale region of Quebec, Canada, part of the L'Île-d'Orléans Regional County Municipality. It is situated on the west side of Orléans Island, and accessible by Quebec Route 368 and the Île d'Orléans Bridge which connects Saint-Pierre with the Beauport borough of Quebec City. Until 1997, it was known simply as Saint-Pierre.
The Quebec poet and songwriter Félix Leclerc (1914-1988) is buried in this town, having lived there from 1958 to his death.
The first European settlers came to the area around 1660. They constructed the first chapel in 1662 and by 1679 the Parish of Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul was formed which at that time also included the territory of Sainte-Pétronille. Between 1716 and 1718, one of the oldest churches in Quebec was built (since 1954 classified as a historic monument and occasionally used as a concert hall). In 1722, the civil parish was established. For 54 years from 1734 to 1788, the first bishop of Quebec born in Canada, Louis-Philippe Mariauchau d'Esgly (1710-1788), served there as the resident priest.
In 1845, the Parish Municipality was formed under the name of Saint-Pierre-Isle-d'Orléans, probably in honour of Apostle Peter. It was abolished two years later in 1847 when it became part of the County Municipality, but restored again in 1855 as Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul. In 1874, it lost a portion of its territory when Sainte-Pétronille separated and became a municipality. Over time, only the "Saint-Pierre" part of the name was retained.
In 1935, the Île d'Orléans Bridge was built, leading to a steady increase of residential development and making Saint-Pierre now the most populated municipality on the island. In 1997, the Parish Municipality of Saint-Pierre was renamed to Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans to better distinguish the town from other namesake municipalities.
|Canada census – Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Quebec community profile|
|Population:||1,789 (-1.5% from 2006)||1,816 (-4.0% from 2001)|
|Land area:||31.34 km2 (12.10 sq mi)||31.34 km2 (12.10 sq mi)|
|Population density:||57.1/km2 (148/sq mi)||57.9/km2 (150/sq mi)|
|Median age:||46.3 (M: 46.6, F: 45.8)||43.4 (M: 43.5, F: 43.4)|
|Total private dwellings:||748||760|
|Median household income:||$54,829||$58,220|
|References: 2011 2006 earlier|
|Historical Census Data - Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Quebec|
|Canada Census Mother Tongue - Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Quebec|
French & English
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Tourism and attractions
Orleans Island, known as the "Garden of Quebec", attracts many vacationers and daytrippers with its pastoral character and cultural heritage. Since they enter the island through Saint-Pierre, it is home to many businesses catering to tourism, such as bed-and-breakfast accommodations, restaurants, art galleries, and sugar houses.
Local attractions include:
- Espace Félix-Leclerc - a museum and art gallery in a historic building dedicated to the works of poet and songwriter Félix Leclerc, as well as showcasing other Quebec folk singers
- Wineries and vineyards - offering tours and tasting local wines
- "Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
- Geographic code 20025 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
- Statistics Canada 2011 Census - Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans census profile Cite error: Invalid
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- "Sainte-Pétronille (Municipalité de village)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-10-20.
- "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
- "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
- "Welcome to Île d'Orléans". Île d'Orléans Tourism. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
|Adjacent Municipal Subdivisions|
||Saint Lawrence River
|Saint Lawrence River
L'Ange-Gardien / Château-Richer
|Saint Lawrence River
Bridge to: Quebec City (Beauport)