Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!

Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! (French pronunciation: ​[sɛ̃.lwi.dy.a.a]) is a parish municipality in the Témiscouata Regional County Municipality of the Bas-Saint-Laurent region of Quebec. The population is 1,318.[3] Its economy is mainly agricultural. It is located southeast of Rivière-du-Loup and west of Cabano along the Trans-Canada Highway (Route 185), about halfway to Edmundston in New Brunswick.

Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!
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Coat of arms of Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!
Solidaire dans le labeur (French)
"Solidarity in work"
Location within Témiscouata RCM
Location within Témiscouata RCM
Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! is located in Eastern Quebec
Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!
Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!
Location in eastern Quebec
Coordinates: 47°40′N 68°59′W / 47.67°N 68.98°W / 47.67; -68.98Coordinates: 47°40′N 68°59′W / 47.67°N 68.98°W / 47.67; -68.98[1]
Constituted14 July 1874
 • MayorSonia Larrivée
 • Federal ridingRimouski-Neigette—
Témiscouata—Les Basques
 • Prov. ridingRivière-du-Loup–Témiscouata
 • Total110.50 km2 (42.66 sq mi)
 • Land112.31 km2 (43.36 sq mi)
 There is an apparent contradiction between two authoritative sources
 • Total1,318
 • Density11.7/km2 (30/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006–11
Decrease 2.2%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)418 and 581
HighwaysTrans-Canada Highway


The parish began in 1860 as the site of a Roman Catholic mission; it was named in 1874.[4]

In September 2017, the municipality established a Guinness World Record for the "Most exclamation marks in a town name".[5]


A Canada Post sign in Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!

The Commission de toponymie du Québec asserts that the parish's name refers to nearby Lake Témiscouata, the sense of haha here being an archaic French word for an impasse;[6] see Ha-ha. The Louis may refer to Louis Marquis, one of the first colonists of the region, or Louis-Antoine Proulx, vicar of Rivière-du-Loup, or perhaps the abbot Louis-Nicolas Bernier.[1] Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! is the only town in the world with two exclamation points in its name, and shares the distinction of having an exclamation point in its name with Westward Ho!, a village in Devon, in south-west England.[6]

Similarly named places in QuebecEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Reference number 57133 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 13080 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
  3. ^ a b c "(Code 2413080) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012.
  4. ^ " St Louis du Ha Ha, Quebec". Retrieved 2009-12-05.
  5. ^ "Saint Louis du Ha!Ha! gets Guinness World Record nod for its exclamation marks". Retrieved 2018-12-18.
  6. ^ a b Jeffries, Stuart (29 April 2009). "The joy of exclamation marks!". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-08.
  7. ^ "Baie des Ha! Ha!". Commission de toponymie du Québec.
  8. ^ "Baie des Ha! Ha!". Commission de toponymie du Québec.
  9. ^ "Rivière Ha! Ha!". Commission de toponymie du Québec.

External linksEdit

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