Métis-sur-Mer, Quebec

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Métis-sur-Mer is a city in the La Mitis Regional County Municipality within the Bas-Saint-Laurent region of Quebec, Canada. It had a population of 607 in the Canada 2011 Census.[4]

Metis-Lighthouse 2009.jpg
Location within La Mitis RCM
Location within La Mitis RCM
Métis-sur-Mer is located in Eastern Quebec
Location in eastern Quebec
Coordinates: 48°40′N 68°00′W / 48.67°N 68°W / 48.67; -68Coordinates: 48°40′N 68°00′W / 48.67°N 68°W / 48.67; -68[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
RCMLa Mitis
ConstitutedJuly 4, 2002
 • MayorJean-Pierre Pelletier
 • Federal ridingHaute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia
 • Prov. ridingMatane-Matapédia
 • Total263.70 km2 (101.82 sq mi)
 • Land48.63 km2 (18.78 sq mi)
 • Total607
 • Density12.4/km2 (32/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011
Increase 0.5%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)418 and 581
Highways Route 132


The name "Métis" is said to come from a Mi'kmaq word meaning "meeting place"; "sur-mer" refers to its location on the Saint Lawrence River.


Métis-sur-Mer, postcard, c. 1904-1910

From 1818, John MacNider, the Scottish Seigneur of Métis started settling the area with Scottish immigrants.

The city has a borough named MacNider, named after John MacNider family, whose territory corresponds to the former (pre-merger) village municipality of Métis-sur-Mer.(Metis Beach)[5][6]

At the end of the 19th century, wealthy anglophone Montrealers spent their time in Métis-sur-Mer to flee waves of cholera. At the beginning of the 20th century, they did so again to escape outbreaks of the Spanish flu. [7]

On July 4, 2002, the village of Métis-sur-Mer and the municipality of Les Boules merged to form the city of Métis-sur-Mer.[8]


In the 2011 Census, Statistics Canada originally reported that Métis-sur-Mer had a population of 644 living in 298 of its 427 total dwellings, a 6.6% change from its 2006 population of 604.[9] Statistics Canada subsequently amended the 2011 census results to a population of 607 living in 288 of its 417 total dwellings, a 0.5% change from 2006.[4] With a land area of 48.63 km2 (18.78 sq mi), it had a population density of 12.482/km2 (32.328/sq mi) in 2011.[4][9]

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  1. ^ Reference number 374643 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 09048 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
  3. ^ "(Code 2409048) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d "Corrections and updates". Statistics Canada. 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
  5. ^ Geographic code REC01 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
  6. ^ Reference number 377250 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  7. ^ "À bras ouverts dans la distanciation physique". Le Devoir (in French). Retrieved 2020-06-23.
  8. ^ http://www.stat.gouv.qc.ca/publications/referenc/pdf/modjuillet02.pdf[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ a b "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Quebec)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-10-13.

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