Saint-Sylvestre, Quebec

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Location within Lotbinière RCM.
Location within Lotbinière RCM.
Saint-Sylvestre is located in Southern Quebec
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°22′N 71°14′W / 46.367°N 71.233°W / 46.367; -71.233Coordinates: 46°22′N 71°14′W / 46.367°N 71.233°W / 46.367; -71.233[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Chaudière-Appalaches
RCM Lotbinière
Constituted December 4, 1996
 • Mayor Mario Grenier
 • Federal riding Lotbinière—
 • Prov. riding Lotbinière-Frontenac
 • Total 148.10 km2 (57.18 sq mi)
 • Land 146.41 km2 (56.53 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 1,035
 • Density 7.1/km2 (18/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 6.4%
 • Dwellings 480
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) G0S 3C0
Area code(s) 418 and 581
Highways Route 216
Route 269
Website www.ville.

Saint-Sylvestre is a municipality in the Municipalité régionale de comté de Lotbinière in Quebec, Canada. It is part of the Chaudière-Appalaches region and the population is 989 as of 2009. It is named after Pope Sylvester I.

The Saint-Sylvestre "Miracles"[edit]

In 1948-1949, the Bélanger family of Saint-Sylvestre found fame in performing "healing miracles." Visitors from Canada and the United States came to be cured by one of the four Bélanger children, aged 8 to 12. The children allegedly acquired healing powers after having seen their deceased sisters dressed like angels and escorted by the Holy Virgin.

Visitors would leave money to the children for their curing deeds, and they received the support of Reverend Emile Bourassa, from neighbouring Saint-Patrice-de-Beaurivage. The priest of Saint-Sylvestre, Reverend Edmond Pelletier, preached against these "miracles" and in 1949, Archbishop Maurice Roy, in the name of the Archdiocese of Quebec, ruled the affair as a hoax. The Bélanger home was closed to visitors soon after.[4]

Royal Canadian Air Force Station St. Sylvestre[edit]

From 1953 to 1964, Saint-Sylvestre hosted a Pinetree Line Radar station located on Mont Saint-Marguerite, just five miles southeast of the Village. Construction starting in 1952, the Station opened on 15 September 1953, as RCAF Station Ste-Marie, being renamed RCAF Station St. Sylvestre, in 1955. The Station closed in 1964.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ Reference number 324645 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 33007 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
  3. ^ a b "(Code 2433007) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012. 
  4. ^ "Miracle Business". Time. 1949-10-03. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  5. ^ RCAF Station St. Sylvestre, QC, Development Program (1961), National Archives of Canada. See:[permanent dead link] Accessed 17.04.2016
  6. ^ National Archives of Canada, Historical Summary: RCAF Station St. Sylvestre, 30 September 1953 to 31 March 1956. See:[permanent dead link] Accessed 20.04.2016
  7. ^ Marie-France St-Laurent, En passant par le rang Beaurivage: Saint-Sylvestre. See: Accessed 21.04.2016