Sept-Rivières Regional County Municipality

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Regional county municipality
Location of Sept-Rivières
Coordinates: 50°08′N 66°37′W / 50.133°N 66.617°W / 50.133; -66.617Coordinates: 50°08′N 66°37′W / 50.133°N 66.617°W / 50.133; -66.617[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Côte-Nord
Effective March 18, 1981
County seat Sept-Îles
 • Type Prefecture
 • Prefect Serge Lévesque
 • Total 32,571.60 km2 (12,575.97 sq mi)
 • Land 30,469.17 km2 (11,764.21 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3][4]
 • Total 35,240
 • Density 1.2/km2 (3/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 1.5%
 • Dwellings 16,065
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Area code(s) 418 and 581

Sept-Rivières (French for "Seven-Rivers") is a regional county municipality of Quebec, Canada, in the Côte-Nord region. Its county seat is Sept-Îles.

The census groups Sept-Rivières RCM with neighbouring Caniapiscau Regional County Municipality RCM into the single census division of Sept-Rivières—Caniapiscau. In the Canada 2011 Census, the combined population was 39,500. The population of Sept-Rivières RCM itself was 35,240,[4] of whom the vast majority live in the city of Sept-Îles.


Sept-Rivières is located in the central part of Côte-Nord. It is bordered by the regional county municipalities of Manicouagan, Caniapiscau, and Minganie, as well as by the southwest corner of Labrador and by the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. It is mostly covered by the Laurentian mountains. It is a very sparsely populated and undeveloped region with its population highly concentrated along the coast, mostly at Sept-Îles (about three-fourths of the population).

It allegedly takes its name from seven major rivers that join the Saint Lawrence within the territory: Moisie, Sainte-Marguerite, Trinité, Pentecôte, aux Rochers, Pigou and Manitou. But neither the Trinité River nor the Pigou River reaches the Saint Lawrence within the limits of the regional county municipality, and many other rivers could be amongst those "seven rivers".


There are four subdivisions and two native reserves within the RCM:[2]


Access Routes[edit]

Highways and numbered routes that run through the municipality, including external routes that start or finish at the county border:[5]

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