Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu is a municipality in the southwestern part of the Province of Quebec, Canada on the Richelieu River in the Regional County Municipality of La Vallée-du-Richelieu. The population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 2,285.
Location within La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM
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|Constituted||December 24, 1997|
|• Mayor||Jacques Villemaire|
|• Federal riding||Pierre-Boucher—Les Patriotes—Verchères|
|• Prov. riding||Borduas|
|• Total||86.40 km2 (33.36 sq mi)|
|• Land||85.01 km2 (32.82 sq mi)|
|• Density||26.9/km2 (70/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2006-2011||1.9%|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||450 and 579|
|Highways|| Route 133 |
In 1694, King Louis XIV granted the Seigneurie of Saint-Denis to the aristocrat French Army officer, Louis-François De Gannes, sieur de Falaise of Buxeuil, Vienne, France. He named his seigniory after his wife, Barbe Denys.
A great stone Roman Catholic Saint-Denis Church was completed in 1796.
On November 23, 1837, Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu was the site of the murder of British courier, Lieutenant George Weir by Patriotes. Subsequently, the Patriotes, calling themselves The Sons of Liberty based on the American model, won a battle here against the British Army that marked the official beginning of the Lower Canada Rebellion. Today, Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu has a museum called the Maison nationale des Patriotes, an interpretation centre that presents a history of the Patriotes movement that was led by the villager's most famous resident, Wolfred Nelson.
(+) Amalgamation of the Parish and the Village of Saint-Denis.
Mother tongue language (2006)
- Reference number 333325 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
- Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire: Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu
- Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: VERCHÈRES--LES PATRIOTES (Quebec)
- 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
- 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu.|
- Spurr, John W. (1976). "Gore, Sir Charles Stephen". In Halpenny, Francess G (ed.). Dictionary of Canadian Biography. IX (1861–1870) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.; George Weir's "sadistic" murder.
- History and architectural details of the Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu at the Quebec religious heritage Foundation (English & French languages)
- Maison nationale des Patriotes museum information website