Sainte-Croix, Quebec

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Location within Lotbinière RCM.
Location within Lotbinière RCM.
Sainte-Croix is located in Southern Quebec
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°37′N 71°44′W / 46.617°N 71.733°W / 46.617; -71.733Coordinates: 46°37′N 71°44′W / 46.617°N 71.733°W / 46.617; -71.733[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Chaudière-Appalaches
RCM Lotbinière
Constituted October 5, 2001
 • Mayor Jacques Gauthier
 • Federal riding Lévis—Lotbinière
 • Prov. riding Lotbinière-Frontenac
 • Total 72.40 km2 (27.95 sq mi)
 • Land 69.54 km2 (26.85 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 2,352
 • Density 33.8/km2 (88/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Decrease 1.6%
 • Dwellings 1,148
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) G0S 2H0
Area code(s) 418 and 581
Highways Route 132
Route 271
Website www.ville.

Sainte-Croix is a municipality in and the seat of the Municipalité régionale de comté de Lotbinière in Quebec, Canada. It is part of the Chaudière-Appalaches region and the population is 2,433 as of 2009. The new constitution dates from 2001, after the amalgamation of the parish and the village of Sainte-Croix.


Sainte-Croix name refers to the True Cross, but was in use well before its foundation in 1713. In fact, the seigneurie of Sainte-Croix was granted in 1637 to the Company of One Hundred Associates at a point named Platon Sainte-Croix (Holy Cross Flats in English), at the mouth of the Jacques-Cartier River. It had been named as such by Jacques Cartier, who had spent the winter of 1535-36 there. Samuel de Champlain explained in 1613 that there had been a mistake and this was not the place where Jacques Cartier had wintered. The point is now called Pointe Platon ("Plato (or Flat) Point").