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").
"Meliora paramus" (We are preparing better things)
Location within L'Érable RCM.
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|Constituted||April 27, 1855|
|• Mayor||Mario Fortin|
|• Federal riding||Mégantic—L'Érable|
|• Prov. riding||Arthabaska|
|• Total||4.40 km2 (1.70 sq mi)|
|• Land||4.33 km2 (1.67 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,546.0/km2 (4,004/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2006-2011||0.2%|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Highways|| Route 116 |
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.