Plessisville, Quebec

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.
Location within L'Érable RCM.
Plessisville is located in Southern Quebec
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°13′N 71°47′W / 46.217°N 71.783°W / 46.217; -71.783Coordinates: 46°13′N 71°47′W / 46.217°N 71.783°W / 46.217; -71.783[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
ConstitutedApril 27, 1855
 • MayorPierre Fortier
 • Federal ridingMégantic—L'Érable
 • Prov. ridingArthabaska
 • Total4.40 km2 (1.70 sq mi)
 • Land4.33 km2 (1.67 sq mi)
 • Total6,688
 • Density1,546.0/km2 (4,004/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011
Increase 0.2%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code819
Highways Route 116
Route 165

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 the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Plessisville had a population of 6,414 living in 3,158 of its 3,456 total private dwellings, a change of -2.1% from its 2016 population of 6,551. With a land area of 4.92 km2 (1.90 sq mi), it had a population density of 1,303.7/km2 (3,376.5/sq mi) in 2021.[4]

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  1. ^ "Reference number 49916 in Banque de noms de lieux du Québec". (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec.
  2. ^ a b "Geographic code 32040 in the official Répertoire des municipalités". (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation.
  3. ^ a b "(Code 2432040) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012.
  4. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), Quebec". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved August 29, 2022.