Sainte-Émélie-de-l'Énergie, Quebec

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Location within Matawinie RCM.
Location within Matawinie RCM.
Sainte-Émélie-de-l'Énergie is located in Central Quebec
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°19′N 73°39′W / 46.317°N 73.650°W / 46.317; -73.650Coordinates: 46°19′N 73°39′W / 46.317°N 73.650°W / 46.317; -73.650[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Lanaudière
RCM Matawinie
Settled 1854
Constituted June 10, 1884
 • Mayor Atchez Arbour
 • Federal riding Joliette
 • Prov. riding Berthier
 • Total 156.20 km2 (60.31 sq mi)
 • Land 154.09 km2 (59.49 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 1,644
 • Density 10.7/km2 (28/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Decrease 2.2%
 • Dwellings 1,103
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0K 2K0
Area code(s) 450 and 579
Highways Route 131
Route 347
Website www.ste-emelie

Sainte-Émélie-de-l'Énergie is a municipality in the Lanaudière region of Quebec, Canada, part of the Matawinie Regional County Municipality.


The territory of Sainte-Émélie-de-l'Énergie extends along the Noire River valley in the foothills of the Laurentian Mountains. The village itself is located at the intersection of Routes 131 and 347, in a broad valley called the Grand Lanaudière Corridor, which marks the transition between the Lower and Upper Laurentians. Route 131 winds north through the Noire River valley to Saint-Zénon and Route 347 goes through the Great Corridor to Saint-Côme.[4]

Sainte-Émélie-de-l'Énergie is located in the heart of the Laurentian hardwood zone and its hills are covered by a mixed forest. Tree species include sugar maple, yellow birch and white birch.[4]


One of the first settlers was Jean-Antoine Leprohon who arrived in 1854. He was an employee of the Quebec Parliament but had an ambition to found a colony or settlement just like his cousin Barthélemy Joliette who was the founder of the City of Joliette. In 1870, the Parish of Sainte-Emmélie-de-l'Énergie was formed. This name honors the memory of Émélie or Emmélie, the wife of Leprohon, whereas the word Énergie (French for "energy") may have referred to the exuberance of his wife or to the rallying cry that Leprohon had to use to keep the other settlers stay around him: "we need energetic settlers here."[1][5]

In 1884, the Parish Municipality of Sainte-Émélie-de-l'Énergie was established. On May 30, 1924, a large fire engulfed the village, destroying 60 homes and the church. In 1994, the parish municipality changed status to become a municipality.[1][5]



Historical Census Data - Sainte-Émélie-de-l'Énergie, Quebec[6]
Year Pop. ±%
1991 1,288 —    
1996 1,437 +11.6%
Year Pop. ±%
2001 1,500 +4.4%
2006 1,681 +12.1%
Year Pop. ±%
2011 1,644 −2.2%

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 756 (total dwellings: 1103)


Mother tongue:[7]

  • English as first language: 1.2%
  • French as first language: 96.7%
  • English and French as first language: 0.6%
  • Other as first language: 1.5%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Sainte-Émélie-de-l'Énergie (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 62070 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (French)
  3. ^ a b Statistics Canada 2011 Census - Sainte-Émélie-de-l'Énergie census profile
  4. ^ a b "Renseignements généraux" (in French). Municipalité de Sainte-Émélie-de-l'Énergie. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  5. ^ a b "Historique de la municipalité" (in French). Municipalité de Sainte-Émélie-de-l'Énergie. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  6. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  7. ^ Statistics Canada 2006 Census - Sainte-Émélie-de-l'Énergie community profile