Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan, Quebec

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Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan
Parish municipality
Sainte-Geneviève de Batiscan.jpg
Motto: Venus pour demeurer
("Came to Stay")
Location within Les Chenaux RCM.
Location within Les Chenaux RCM.
Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan is located in Central Quebec
Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan
Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°32′N 72°20′W / 46.533°N 72.333°W / 46.533; -72.333Coordinates: 46°32′N 72°20′W / 46.533°N 72.333°W / 46.533; -72.333[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Mauricie
RCM Les Chenaux
Constituted July 1, 1855
Government[2]
 • Mayor Christian Gendron
 • Federal riding Saint-Maurice—Champlain
 • Prov. riding Champlain
Area[2][3]
 • Total 100.60 km2 (38.84 sq mi)
 • Land 98.21 km2 (37.92 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 1,060
 • Density 10.8/km2 (28/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 2.3%
 • Dwellings 543
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) G0X 2R0
Area code(s) 418 and 581
Highways
A-40

Route 361
Website www.stegenevieve.ca

Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan is a parish municipality in the Mauricie region of the province of Quebec in Canada. This municipality is part of the Les Chenaux Regional County Municipality in Batiscanie and in the administrative region of Mauricie. It is located along the Batiscan River.

The town of Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan was the seat of the Lordship of Batiscan from 1665 and Champlain County from 1855 to 1981. During the first centuries of its history, the economy of the area has been focused on forestry, agriculture, fishing and river transport. Sainte-Geneviève was also a prominent center of trade for the Batiscanie.

Geography[edit]

The main village is situated on the northeast shore of the Batiscan River at the confluence of the Veillet River, while a small village is located just opposite, on the south-west. The village center is located about 6.3 km (4 mi) from the mouth of the Batiscan River and 7.6 km (5 mi) from the Batiscan railway station, on the former Canadian Pacific Railway line (now run in this area by Quebec Gatineau Railway). The Batiscan River through the village and splits into two parts.

The agricultural area of Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan stops at the foot of the Saint-Narcisse moraine. It is a mountainous line in the east-west direction, between Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan with Saint-Stanislas and Saint-Narcisse. Throughout the territory of Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan is included in the Batiscanie, but two areas: one in the east, at the limit of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, and the other to the southwest, near the limit of Saint-Luc-de-Vincennes.

Toponymy[edit]

Initially, the Catholic parish was named in honour of Saint Genevieve, patron saint of France and the city of Paris, the largest French-speaking city in the world. In France, the French patron saint is also the Diocese of Nanterre and gendarmes.

The name "Batiscan" was derived from the chief of the Algonquin people from around 1610 to 1629, for whom the river was named after.

Catholic Parish[edit]

The civil records of Sainte-Genevieve de Batiscan start in July 1727 and are administered by the neighboring parish of Saint-François-Xavier-de-Batiscan up to the canonical erection of the Catholic parish of Sainte-Genevieve de Batiscan, which occurred on August 16, 1833. This Catholic parish falls within the Diocese of Trois-Rivières. A priest or a pastor serving resides since 1728.

Municipality[edit]

The municipality of Sainte-Genevieve de Batiscan was erected May 11, 1841 in the southeastern part of the Lordship of Batiscan under the Act 8 Vict. chap. 40, in July 1845. The territory of municipality of Sainte-Geneviève was detached from the parishes of Saint-François-Xavier-de-Batiscan and La Visitation de Champlain.[4]

Regional Administration[edit]

From 1855 to 1982, the city was the seat of Champlain County. In 1982, the old county system was reformulated into the new regional county municipality (RCM) system, with Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan becoming part of the Francheville RCM. On December 31, 2001, it was transferred from the Francheville RCM to the new Les Chenaux RCM, following the creation of the new City of Trois-Rivières and the dissolution of the Francheville RCM.[5]

View of Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan from the opposite side of the Batiscan River

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reference number 57797 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 37215 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
  3. ^ a b "(Code 2437215) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012. 
  4. ^ Magnan, Hormisdas, "Dictionnaire historique et géographique des paroisses, missions et municipalités de la Province de Québec" (Historical and Geographical Dictionary of parishes, missions and municipalities of the Province of Quebec), 1925, p. 402.
  5. ^ "Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2010-02-19.