Saint-Hyacinthe (//; French: [sɛ̃t‿ijasɛ̃t]) is a city in southwestern Quebec east of Montreal on the Yamaska River. The population as of the 2016 Canadian Census was 55,648. The city is located in Les Maskoutains Regional County Municipality of the Montérégie region, and is traversed by the Yamaska River. Quebec Autoroute 20 runs perpendicular to the river. Saint-Hyacinthe is the seat of the judicial district of the same name.
Location within Les Maskoutains RCM
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|Constituted||27 December 2001|
|• Mayor||Claude Corbeil|
|• Federal riding||Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot|
|• Prov. riding||Saint-Hyacinthe|
|• City||191.60 km2 (73.98 sq mi)|
|• Land||188.97 km2 (72.96 sq mi)|
|• Metro||328.53 km2 (126.85 sq mi)|
|• Density||294.5/km2 (763/sq mi)|
|• Metro density||181.5/km2 (470/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2011-2016||4.5%|
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||450 and 579|
Jacques-Hyacinthe Simon dit Delorme, owner of the seigneurie, started its settlement in 1757. He gave his patron saint name (Saint Hyacinth the Confessor of Poland) to the seigneurie, which was made a city in 1850.
As part of the 2000–06 municipal reorganization in Quebec, on 27 December 2001, the city of Saint-Hyacinthe amalgamated with five neighbouring towns (listed here with their populations as of 2001):
- Saint-Hyacinthe (39,739)
- Sainte-Rosalie (4,170)
- Saint-Thomas-d'Aquin (4,000)
- Sainte-Rosalie Parish (1,476)
- Saint-Hyacinthe-le-Confesseur, Quebec (1,151)
- Notre-Dame-de-Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec (858)
|Canada census – Saint-Hyacinthe community profile|
|Population:||55,648 (+4.5% from 2011)||53,236 (+3.1% from 2006)||51,616 (+2.4% from 2001)|
|Land area:||188.97 km2 (72.96 sq mi)||188.69 km2 (72.85 sq mi)||188.69 km2 (72.85 sq mi)|
|Population density:||294.5/km2 (763/sq mi)||282.1/km2 (731/sq mi)||273.6/km2 (709/sq mi)|
|Median age:||47.0 (M: 44.0, F: 49.6)||46.1 (M: 43.4, F: 48.1)||44.0 (M: 41.8, F: 45.9)|
|Total private dwellings:||24,458||25,774||23,956|
|Median household income:||$45,621||$42,448|
|References: 2016 2011 2006 earlier|
(A) adjustment due to boundary change.(M) merger with Sainte-Rosalie, Saint-Thomas-d'Aquin, Sainte-Rosalie Parish, Saint-Hyacinthe-le-Confesseur and Notre-Dame-de-Saint-Hyacinthe on 27 December 2001.
|Canada Census Mother Tongue - Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec|
French & English
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Agriculture and its related derivates are at the heart of Saint-Hyacinthe's economic infrastructure. The city has been nicknamed the "Agricultural technopolis of Canada", because it is home to several research institutions in the field such as the centre de recherche sur les aliments (CRDA), the Institut de recherche et développement en agro-environnement (IRDA), the institut de technologie agroalimentaire (ITA) and the head office of the Artificial Insemination Center of Quebec (CIAQ).
Saint-Hyacinthe hosts numerous agriculture related events such as fairs, exposition and congresses and acts a hub in the field. So much so that the Agricultural Hall of Fame of Quebec decided to move there from Quebec City to give itself more visibility in the community.
- Local bus service operated by Compagnie de Transport Maskoutaine
- Paratransit service by MRC Les Maskoutains
- Train bus service to Mont-Saint-Hilaire station, connecting by Exo on the Mont-Saint-Hilaire line to Central Station in Downtown Montreal
- Interurban bus service by Exo de la Vallée du Richelieu sector
- Via Rail has several trains that stop at the Saint-Hyacinthe station
- The private Saint-Hyacinthe Aerodrome is located 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) west of the city.
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The South Shore Protestant Regional School Board previously served the municipality. In association with the Université de Montréal, Saint-Hyacinthe is home to the only veterinary medicine faculty of Quebec and coincidentally the only such school where tuition is provided in French.
From 1989 to 1996 the city had a team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League known as the Saint-Hyacinthe Laser. From 2001 to 2009 the city was represented in the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey (known as the Quebec Semi-Pro Hockey League (QSPHL) until 2004) by the Saint-Hyacinthe Cousin (2001–05), Saint-Hyacinthe Cristal (2005–06), Saint-Hyacinthe Top Design (2006–08) and Saint-Hyacinthe Chiefs (2008–09). The city's main hockey arena is the historic Stade L.P. Gaucher, which was built in 1937.
The following individuals were born or grew up in the region of St-Hyacinthe:
- Paul Arcand, host and journalist
- François Avard, author and screenwriter known for the television series Les Bougon
- Télesphore-Damien Bouchard (1881–1962), Quebec politician
- Robert Bédard, professional tennis player, President of Tennis Québec, Vice-President of Tennis Canada, teacher (Bishop's College School), teacher and headmaster (St. Andrew's College, Aurora)
- Colonel (Ret.) Jean Berthiaume, OBE, CD, infantry officer of the Régiment de St-Hyacinthe and of the Royal 22e Régiment - 1915-2003
- Martin Brodeur, National Hockey League (NHL) hockey player, goalie for the New Jersey Devils
- Geneviève Brouillette, actress
- Gérard Côté, marathon runner
- Sébastien Demers, boxer
- Henriette Dessaulles (1860–1946), journalist (aka Fadette)
- Gérald Fauteux (1900–1980), former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
- Chantal Fontaine, actress
- Martin Gendron (actor) (1973-2004), actor
- Gaétan Girouard (1965-1999), television animator, known for the program JE
- Willie Lamothe (1920–1992), singer and actor
- Sir François Langelier (1838–1915), politician
- Ricardo Larrivée, cooking show host
- Pierre Lassonde, businessperson and philanthropist
- Joël Legendre, actor, host and singer
- Yvan Loubier, politician
- Victor Morin, notary, politician, and writer
- Hyacinthe-Marie Simon, dit Delorme, (1777–1814) son of Jacques-Hyacinthe Simon dit Delorme original owner of the seigneurie
- Raymond Saint-Pierre, news reporter
- Mario Pouliot, former head hockey coach for Saint-Hyacinthe Laser LHJMQ,QMJHL
- Reference number 56749 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
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- Census Profile, 2016 Census Saint-Hyacinthe [Census agglomeration, Quebec and Quebec [Province]]. The census agglomeration consists of Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint-Dominique, Saint-Simon. In the 2006 census, the census agglomeration had not included Saint-Dominique, but had included La Présentation and Saint-Barnabé-Sud.
- Territorial Division Act. Revised Statutes of Quebec D-11.
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- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016 census
- Jean-Luc Lorry (23 April 2013). "Le Temple de la renommée de l'agriculture sera érigé sur le site de l'Expo" [The Hall of Fame will be erected on the Expo site] (in French). Le Courrier de Saint-Hyacinthe. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- Ville Saint-Hyacinthe transport en commun Archived 22 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- Train-bus service Saint-Hyacinthe / Mont-Saint-Hilaire Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 5 December 2019 to 0901Z 30 January 2020.
- King, M.J. (Chairperson of the board). "South Shore Protestant Regional School Board" (St. Johns, PQ). The News and Eastern Townships Advocate. Volume 119, No. 5. Thursday 16 December 1965. p. 2. Retrieved from Google News on 23 November 2014.
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