Sainte-Foy, Quebec City

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Boulevard Laurier in Sainte-Foy
Boulevard Laurier in Sainte-Foy
Motto(s): "Fide Et Labore Valebo"  (Latin)
"My worthiness stems from my faith and labour"
Province Quebec
MRC None
Established January 1, 2002
 • Total 83.87 km2 (32.38 sq mi)
Population (2006)[1]
 • Total 104,890
 • Density 1,251/km2 (3,240/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Sainte-Foy /sntˈfwɑː/ is a former city in central Quebec, Canada on the Saint Lawrence River. It was amalgamated into Quebec City on January 1, 2002. Most of Sainte-Foy is in the borough of Sainte-Foy–Sillery–Cap-Rouge.

Sainte-Foy is a major suburban neighbourhood west of downtown Quebec City. It plays a large part in Quebec City's economic life, with the Jean Lesage International Airport, the Université Laval, many shopping malls and both bridges to the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River.


According to the 2006 Canadian Census:

  • Population: 76,262
  • % Change (2001–2006): +5.1
  • Dwellings: 40,487
  • Number of families: 20,680
  • Area (km²): 83.87 km²
  • Density (persons per km²): 909.3
Commercial district


In 1669, missionary priest Pierre-Joseph-Marie Chaumonot erected a chapel for the Huron, dedicated to Notre-Dame de la Foy. The name means Our Lady of Faith. Sainte-Foy developed around the chapel, first as a small settlement of Christian Indians, added to by traders and merchants.

The Battle of Sainte-Foy on April 28, 1760, sometimes called the Battle of Quebec, was a victory for the French in the Seven Years' War (known in the United States as the French and Indian War for the North American front). Their forces were commanded by Chevalier de Lévis and defeated the British army under James Murray. This battle proved to be much bloodier than the battle of the Plains of Abraham the previous September, with higher total casualties on both sides – 833 French casualties and 1,124 British. It was the last French victory in the Seven Years' War, which the British ultimately won. France ceded its territories in North America east of the Mississippi River to the British.

Sainte-Foy's long-time flamboyant mayor, Andrée Boucher, was defeated when she ran for mayor of the amalgamated Quebec City. She became a radio host. In 2005, she ran again for mayor after Jean-Paul L'Allier retired. This time she won, without hiring an election team or paying for media advertisements, and with making very few public appearances or debates. She has since died since her last political position.

Amalgamation with Quebec City[edit]

On January 1, 2002 the city was merged, along with many other suburbs, with Quebec City with neither a public referendum nor widespread public approval. A vote was finally held on June 20, 2004, giving cities an opportunity to leave the new municipal structure. Only Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures and L'Ancienne-Lorette left. Many believed that a "defusion" would lead only to an eventual and inevitable "refusion". Many people said they were discouraged from voting by the prospect of spending a lot of money undoing what had just been done. In most of the older suburbs not enough votes were cast for the vote to be valid.


Cité universitaire – Centered around Université Laval, it has a very large student population. The majority of Saint-Foy's commercial activity is found along Saint Laurence Boulevard, such as the Laurier Québec Place Sainte-Foy et Place de la Cité shopping malls. A number of large hotels and office buildings line the boulevard and this area has become one of the city's major commercial centres.

Saint-Louis – Leafy residential area south of Saint Lawrence Boulevard towards the river. Contains the Aquarium du Québec.

Plateau – Sprawling suburban area north of Boulevard Laurier, featuring post-war single story houses and an abundance of 1960s apartment blocks.

Pointe-de-Ste-Foy – Recent large residential development, centered on the Campanile shopping street. The neighborhood consists mostly of large modern condo and apartment blocks.

L'Aéroport – Industrial area centered on the Jean Lesage International Airport with many big box stores.


Aeropro has its head office on the grounds of Jean Lesage Airport in Sainte-Foy.[1][2] It conducts business charters and recreational and sightseeing flights[3] Prior to its dissolution, regional airline Air Nova had its Quebec offices in Sainte-Foy.[4]

The VIA Rail station on the Quebec City–Windsor Corridor nearest Quebec City is located at Gare Sainte-Foy.[5] It is roughly three kilometers from the Gare d'Autocar de Ste-Foy,[6] and ten kilometers from Jean Lesage Airport.

The Gare d'Autocar is a regional hub for Orleans Express, Intercar, the Réseau de transport de la Capitale, the Société de transport de Lévis, and several regional government-funded navettes, for example Portneuf.[7]

Major companies operating in the district include PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, Microsoft and the headquarters of SSQ Financial Group.

Sainte-Foy is at the northern end of the Quebec Bridge, which links to the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River at Lévis.


Louis-Jacques Casault Pavillon at Université Laval

Sainte-Foy is also the site of many educational institutions:


Sainte-Foy railway station is in the borough.

Air France has a bus service from the station to Montreal Dorval Airport for its customers only.[8]


Sainte-Foy possesses has three hockey rinks, one sports center, 33 soccer fields, 2 Interior Pools, 13 exterior pools, three cinemas, one theatre, Laurier Québec, Place de La Cite, and La Pyramide. Sainte-Foy also has excellent representation in all sports: the Governors in hockey, the Caravelles and Arsenal in soccer, and the Musketeers ESCC in basketball.

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Contact us." Aeropro. Retrieved on June 26, 2010.
  2. ^ "Plan_QC.doc." Aéropro. Retrieved on June 26, 2010.
  3. ^ "Aéropro." Aéropro. Retrieved on January 26, 2011.
  4. ^ "Our Facilities." Air Nova. August 23, 2000. Retrieved on June 18, 2009.
  5. ^ "Sainte-Foy train station"
  6. ^ "Gare d'autocar de Ste-Foy"
  7. ^ "Navettes journalières Portneuf-Québec"
  8. ^ "A new bus service to Quebec City." Air France. August 16, 2016. Retrieved on October 29, 2016.
  9. ^ Moreault, Éric (March 1, 2014). "Yves Bélanger: de Sainte-Foy à Hollywood". Le Soleil (in French). Retrieved April 24, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Bernier Picked for Beijing." The Globe and Mail. April 29, 2006. Retrieved on June 18, 2009.
  11. ^ "Roy lacks class that Canadiens value so highly." ESPN. Tuesday March 25, 2008. Retrieved on June 18, 2009.
  12. ^ Gelston, Par Dan. "Simon Gagné a repris la forme qu'il affichait avant la commotion cérébrale." Associated Press at January 16, 2009. Retrieved on June 18, 2009.
  • Modification aux arrondissements (archive Chartrand, Rene (2000). Canadian Military Heritage. Casemate Publishing. ISBN 2-920718-51-7).

Coordinates: 46°47′N 71°18′W / 46.783°N 71.300°W / 46.783; -71.300