Plessisville, Quebec is a county seat of L'Érable Regional County Municipality, Quebec, Canada. Routes 116 and 165 go through it. The city is 185 km from Montreal and 95 km from Quebec City. Plessisville's claim to fame is as the "World's Maple Capital"; the city has hosted an annual Maple festival since 1958, and the Institut québécois de l'érable (Quebec Maple Institute) is headquartered there. The production of maple syrup and maple products is a major industry in the entire area, even giving the regional county municipality its name (érable is French for "maple").

Plessisville
Flag of Plessisville
Coat of arms of Plessisville
Motto: 
"Meliora paramus" (We are preparing better things)
Location within L'Érable RCM.
Location within L'Érable RCM.
Plessisville is located in Southern Quebec
Plessisville
Plessisville
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°13′N 71°47′W / 46.217°N 71.783°W / 46.217; -71.783[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
RegionCentre-du-Québec
RCML'Érable
ConstitutedJanuary 1, 2024
Government
 • MayorJean-François Labbé
 • Federal ridingMégantic—L'Érable
 • Prov. ridingArthabaska
Area
 • Total145.85 km2 (56.31 sq mi)
 • Land146.11 km2 (56.41 sq mi)
Population
 (2021)[3]
 • Total9,069
 • Density62.1/km2 (161/sq mi)
 • Pop 2016-2021
Decrease 1.6%
 • Dwellings
4,547
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code819
Highways R-116
R-165
R-265
R-267
Websitewww.ville.plessisville.qc.ca

The first person to permanently settle in the area was Jean-Baptiste Lafond, in 1835. First incorporated as the village of Somerset, the settlement was officially incorporated as the village of Plessisville in 1855 in honour of Monseigneur Octave Plessis, bishop of Quebec at the time. In 2024, the city and the parish merged to form the current city. [4]

Demographics edit

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the merged city of Plessisville had a population of 9,069 living in 4,220 of its 4,547 total private dwellings, a change of -1.6% from its 2016 population of 9,214. With a land area of 146.11 km2 (56.41 sq mi), it had a population density of 62.1/km2 (160.8/sq mi) in 2021.[5]

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References edit

  1. ^ "Banque de noms de lieux du Québec: Reference number 49916". toponymie.gouv.qc.ca (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec.
  2. ^ a b "Répertoire des municipalités: Geographic code 32043". www.mamh.gouv.qc.ca (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation.
  3. ^ a b https://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2021/dp-pd/prof/details/page.cfm?LANG=E&GENDERlist=1&STATISTIClist=1,4&DGUIDlist=2021A00052432040,2021A00052432045&HEADERlist=0&SearchText=Plessisville
  4. ^ "Décret 1748-2023 concernant le regroupement de la Ville de Plessisville et de la Municipalité de la paroisse de Plessisville" (PDF). Règlements et autres actes. Gazette officielle du Québec, Partie 2 - Lois et règlements (in Canadian French). Éditeur officiel du Québec. 155 (51). 2023-12-20. ISSN 0703-5756.
  5. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), Quebec". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved January 1, 2024.