Saint-Charles-Borromée, Quebec

Saint-Charles-Borromée, Quebec (2011 Population 13,321) is a municipality in southwest-central Quebec, Canada on the Rivière l'Assomption. It is in Joliette Regional County Municipality. It is home to the heritage house "Maison Antoine-Lacombe", which holds many expositions through the year. It is also home to the "Centre Saint-Jean-Bosco" which annually hosts the "Mémoires et Racines" festival for folk music from various countries and from Quebec.

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Location within Joliette RCM.
Location within Joliette RCM.
Saint-Charles-Borromée is located in Central Quebec
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°03′N 73°28′W / 46.050°N 73.467°W / 46.050; -73.467Coordinates: 46°03′N 73°28′W / 46.050°N 73.467°W / 46.050; -73.467[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
ConstitutedJuly 1, 1855
Named forCharles Borromeo
 • MayorRobert Bibeau
 • Federal ridingJoliette
 • Prov. ridingJoliette
 • Total18.70 km2 (7.22 sq mi)
 • Land18.63 km2 (7.19 sq mi)
 • Total13,321
 • Density715.0/km2 (1,852/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011
Increase 10.7%
 • Dwellings
Demonym(s)Charlois, Charloise
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code450 and 579
Highways Route 343

The town takes its name from its original Roman Catholic parish, Saint-Charles-Borromée (canonically established in 1683[5]). The parish's name, in turn, derives from the French name of an Italian Roman Catholic prelate, Charles Borromeo (1538–1584), the archbishop of Milan, who founded Roman Catholic order of the Oblates, and became a canonised saint, in the Roman Catholic calendar.


In 1832, Barthelemy Joliette built a sawmill and a flour mill on the banks of the l'Assomption river. He was soon followed by pioneers from Saint-Ambroise-de Kildare, Saint-Paul, and Sainte-Melanie, who began to clear the area. There has, since 1840, the founding of the parish of Saint-Charles-Borromee, whose canonical occurred in 1843.

Two years later, it's the foundation of Saint-Charles-Borromee-du-Village-d'Industrie, parish municipality at the origin of Joliette which decided to separate itself from the rest of the town in 1864 and was firstly named L'Industrie. It will cease to exist in 1847 and is territory became part of the Berthier county. The parish municipality of Saint-Charles-Borromee will be created in 1855. In 1864 when Joliette was erected, Saint-Charles-Borromee was amputated of an important part of his town but still covered a large area.

In 1870 the parish of Saint-Alphonse-de-Liguori took a small part of the western part of the town. In 1915, Joliette decided to explain is territory within Saint-Charles-Borromee at north and at the south. In 1956 The eastern part of the l'Assomption river decided to separate itself from Saint-Charles-Borromee and became Nortre-Dame-des-Prairies and in 1957, The southern part of Saint-Charles-Borromee decided to also separate itself and became the parish municipality of Saint-Charles-Borromée-Sud, which later merged with Joliette and became known with the name of "Quartier Base-de-Roc" and "Carrefour du Vieux-Moulin". This section also included the present location of the "Galleries Joliette". Finally the last part of Saint-Charles-Borromée, commonly known as "La Cité de Joliette" merge with Joliette in 1963.

The town became the municipality of Saint-Charles-Borromée in 1986. The choice for this name came from Barthelemy Joliette whose wife, Marie-Charlotte Tarieu Taillant de Lanaudière, has been largely implied with the construction of the local church. The town was supposed to be named after her but there was no Sainte-Charlotte so they decided to masculinize the name which was the one of Saint-Charles-Borromee

Public transportationEdit

The CTJM deserve the area with public buses from 6:20 to 22:10 every week days and from 7:50 to 18:35 every week end days.[6] There is 51 bus stop covering the city, including 7 bus shelter. all of them are connecting with Joliette's terminus on rue Fabre. This terminus will soon be moved to a safer area: rue Saint-Louis, Joliette, in front of the courthouse.[7] The town most northern bus stop is situated on the corner of rue de la Visitation and rue du Curé-M.-Neyron


The Health and Social Services centre of Northern Lanaudiere (CSSSNL), commonly known as the CHRDL (Lanudiere Regional Hospital Center), is the regional hospital deserving the northern part of Lanaudiere. It is situated in the south part of Saint-Charles-Borromee.


Commission scolaire des Samares operates francophone public schools.

  • École secondaire de l'Espace-Jeunesse
  • Saint-Charles-Borromée is the home of two francophone elementary schools: École Lorenzo-Gauthier— Rose-des-Vents (pavillon Lorenzo-Gauthier),[8] situated on rue Deschênes and École de l'Espace-Jeunesse (pavillon la Traversée),[9] (formerly Sainte-Marie[citation needed]) situated on boulevard Sainte-Anne. The first one serves the western part of the town. The second one serves the eastern part.

The Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board operates anglophone public schools, including:

  • Joliette Elementary School[10]
    • On February 24, 2010, it was decided to transfer Joliette Elementary School from Saint-Paul to Saint-Charles-Borromée in a piece of land on the boulevard l'Assomption Ouest, at the corner of rue Pierre-de-Coubertin.[11] This will be the first English school in Saint-Charles-Borromée and the only one in the county.
  • Joliette High School in Joliette[12]

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Reference number 55818 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ Histoire de Saint-Charles-Borromée -
  3. ^ a b Geographic code 61035 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
  4. ^ a b Statistics Canada 2011 Census - Saint-Charles-Borromée census profile
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-26. Retrieved 2011-08-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  7. ^[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Lorenzo-Gauthier — Rose-des-Vents (pavillon Lorenzo-Gauthier)." Commission scolaire des Samares. Retrieved on September 22, 2017.
  9. ^ "de l'Espace-Jeunesse (pavillon la Traversée)." Commission scolaire des Samares. Retrieved on September 22, 2017.
  10. ^ "JOLIETTE ELEMENTARY ZONE." Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. Retrieved on September 17, 2017.
  11. ^[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Joliette High School Zone Sec 1-5." Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. Retrieved on September 5, 2017.

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