Sainte-Marie, Quebec

Sainte-Marie is a city in the province of Quebec. It is the seat of the Municipalité régionale de la Nouvelle-Beauce, in Chaudière-Appalaches. The population was 12,889 as of the Canada 2011 Census, and was 99.0% French-speaking as of 2006. It is located 59 kilometres (37 mi) south-east of Quebec City, on the Chaudière River.

Location within La Nouvelle-Beauce RCM.
Location within La Nouvelle-Beauce RCM.
Sainte-Marie is located in Southern Quebec
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°27′N 71°02′W / 46.450°N 71.033°W / 46.450; -71.033Coordinates: 46°27′N 71°02′W / 46.450°N 71.033°W / 46.450; -71.033[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
RCMLa Nouvelle-Beauce
ConstitutedApril 15, 1978
 • MayorHarold Guay
 • Federal ridingBeauce
 • Prov. ridingBeauce-Nord
 • Total108.90 km2 (42.05 sq mi)
 • Land107.17 km2 (41.38 sq mi)
 • Total12,889
 • Density120.3/km2 (312/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011
Increase 11.3%
 • Dwellings
Demonym(s)Mariverains, Mariveraines
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)418 and 581

Route 173
Route 216


The seigneurie of Sainte-Marie-de-la-Nouvelle-Beauce was granted to Thomas-Jacques Taschereau in 1736. He chose the name in honour of his wife, Marie-Claire de Fleury de La Gorgendière. The religious parish was founded in 1737 and the municipality in 1845.

The territory of Sainte-Marie was divided on several occasions, as population increased, in order to found neighbouring communities: Saint-Bernard, Saint-Isidore, Saint-Maxime-de-Scott (now Scott), Sainte-Marguerite, Sainte-Hénédine, Saint-Sylvestre, Saint-Elzéar, Saint-Séverin, Saints-Anges, and Vallée-Jonction.

In 1913, the territory was split again, following the detachment of the village (urban part of the territory) from the parish municipality (rural part). In 1958, the village was constituted as a city and in 1959, Sainte-Marie-de-la-Nouvelle-Beauce was renamed as Sainte-Marie. In 1978, the city and the parish municipality governments amalgamated.

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  1. ^ Reference number 56297 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 26030 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
  3. ^ a b "(Code 2426030) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012.

External linksEdit

Manoir Taschereau

Manoir Taschereau