Pointe-aux-Outardes, Quebec

Pointe-aux-Outardes is a village municipality in Quebec, Canada, on the southern point of the Manicouagan Peninsula between the mouths of the Outardes and Manicouagan Rivers.

Pointe-aux-Outardes is located in Côte-Nord region, Quebec
Location in Côte-Nord region of Quebec.
Coordinates: 49°03′N 68°26′W / 49.050°N 68.433°W / 49.050; -68.433Coordinates: 49°03′N 68°26′W / 49.050°N 68.433°W / 49.050; -68.433[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
ConstitutedJanuary 1, 1964
 • MayorAndré Lepage
 • Federal ridingManicouagan
 • Prov. ridingRené-Lévesque
 • Total111.40 km2 (43.01 sq mi)
 • Land74.69 km2 (28.84 sq mi)
 • Total1,330
 • Density17.8/km2 (46/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011
Decrease 7.8%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)418 and 581
Highways Route 138

The place is named after a piece of land that juts out into the Saint Lawrence River and partially encloses the Outardes Bay: Pointe aux Outardes. It literally means "Point of Bustards", but Outarde can also be translated as "Canada goose".[4] In fact, Canada geese and snow geese use the nearby Manicouagan River as a corridor in their annual migration and stopover at the point. The Innu called it Piletipistu Neshkâu, meaning "point of the Partridge River". But the term Outardes was used on Guérard's map of 1631 and on Franquelin's map of 1685 to identify the river that flows past the point into the St. Lawrence.[1]

Pointe-aux-Outardes is exceptionally rich in flora and fauna. Among its salt marshes, more than 175 species of birds have been counted.[1]


Population trend:[5]

  • Population in 2011: 1330 (2006 to 2011 population change: -7.8%)
  • Population in 2006: 1443
  • Population in 2001: 1413
  • Population in 1996: 1339
  • Population in 1991: 1109

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 562 (total dwellings: 604)

Mother tongue:

  • English as first language: 0%
  • French as first language: 97.6%
  • English and French as first language: 0%
  • Other as first language: 2.4%


  1. ^ a b c "Pointe-aux-Outardes (Municipalité de village)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
  2. ^ a b Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire - Répertoire des municipalités: Pointe-aux-Outardes Archived 2012-05-01 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Statistics Canada 2011 Census - Pointe-aux-Outardes census profile
  4. ^ Office québécois de la langue française - Le grand dictionnaire terminologique[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census