|Incorporated||January 4, 1947|
|• City Mayor||Mona Fallis|
|• MP (Provencher)||Ted Falk|
|• Total||2.6 km2 (1.0 sq mi)|
|Elevation||242 m (795 ft)|
|• Density||322.7/km2 (836/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
St-Pierre-Jolys (formerly Rivière-aux-Rats/Rat River, St-Pierre/St. Pierre), pop. 1099, is a village 50 km SSE of Winnipeg on Highway 59 near the Rat River, in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of De Salaberry. The nearest communities are Steinbach, St. Malo, Morris and Niverville.
Agriculture is the dominant industry: primarily dairy farming and livestock. Being important sectors for the life of the community, the local businesses, services, and hospitality are strong.
Tourism is also important to the village: the former Crow Wing Trail is now part of the Trans-Canada Trail, and St. Pierre-Jolys hosts several popular festivals, such as la Cabane à Sucre (maple syrup festival) in April; le Festival Chantecler, a celebration of Francophone arts; and the signature St-Pierre-Jolys Frog Follies and Ag Fair (les Folies Grenouilles et Foire Agricoles), a village fair featuring the Canadian frog jumping competition.
There are 3 schools, a hospital, and a sizable Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment in the village.
Bilingual St-Pierre-Jolys has collaborated with nearby St. Malo on several ventures, including a trade show and a hockey league.
Part of the 19th-century Crow Wing Trail linking Upper Fort Garry with St. Paul (now MN), the area was initially settled by French speaking people, including Métis and Québécois. English settlers later came as well, in smaller numbers. Father Noel-Joseph Ritchot and Mr. Joseph Dubuc both helped with St. Pierre's founding. The Breton-born Father Jean-Marie Jolys started a parish and encouraged many Quebec families to move here. The name "Jolys" was added to "St. Pierre" around 1922 to recognize the 40 years of Father Jolys as parish priest of St. Pierre. The Roman Catholic faith has been inextricably linked to the settlement's growth. A former convent of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary is now the village museum. Though the post office opened in 1879, St. Pierre-Jolys was only incorporated as a village in 1947.
|Canada census – St-Pierre-Jolys community profile|
|Population:||1,099 (+31.0% from 2006)||839 (-6.0% from 2001)|
|Land area:||2.60 km2 (1.00 sq mi)||2.60 km2 (1.00 sq mi)|
|Population density:||422.7/km2 (1,095/sq mi)||322.7/km2 (836/sq mi)|
|Median age:||34.2 (M: 32.3, F: 36.2)||41.5 (M: 35.9, F: 43.7)|
|Total private dwellings:||434||372|
|Median household income:|
|References: 2011 2006|
- "St-Pierre-Jolys website". Retrieved 2013-01-22.
- Sison, Marites N. (26 September 2012). "Film tells stories of residential school survivors". Anglican Journal. ISSN 0847-978X. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
- Chris Teetaert (5 August 2010). "German POW Camp Near St Pierre". Steinbach Online. Retrieved 2010-08-05.
- "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
- "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2013-01-22.