Charlesbourg, Quebec City

Quebec City Beauport, Quebec City Boroughs of Quebec City
Église Saint-Charles-Borromée-Québec.jpg
"Fide Et Labore Valebo"  (Latin)
"My worthiness stems from my faith and labour"
Metropolitan CommunityQuébec
EstablishedJanuary 1, 2002
 • TypeBorough
 • MayorVincent Dufresne (2013-2017)
 • Total66.43 km2 (25.65 sq mi)
 • Total72,810
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Zoological Gardens

Charlesbourg is a borough of Quebec City, in the northeastern part of the city, west of the borough of Beauport.


The origins of Charlesbourg began with the concession of the seigniory of Notre-Dame-des-Anges in 1626. The seigniory extended from the Charles River[2] northward, encompassing the modern boroughs of Limoilou and Charlesbourg. In 1665, the new Intendant of Justice, Jean Talon, set out to establish three new villages further north on the plateau. That caused friction with the Jesuits who were the seignors of the area.

The first of the villages consisted of a 25-arpent square, in which a five-arpent square (the "trait carré") was reserved for the church, presbytery and cemetery. The homes of the settlers located on the periphery of the Trait Carré and their trapezoidal plots of land form a star shape. The second village, which is semicircular due to lack of space, was established just to the south at Petite-Auvergne and the third was established in 1667 in Bourg-Royal, to the northeast. This particular arrangement is still visible from the air and is the hallmark of Charlesbourg.

Charlesbourg is, first and foremost, an agricultural area, in addition to becoming a vacation destination for inhabitants of Quebec City in the first half of the 20th century. It became urbanized in the second half of the 20th century and became a suburb of Quebec City. In 1976, the municipalities of Charlesbourg-Est, Notre-Dame-des-Laurentides, Orsainville and the city of Charlesbourg were merged into the city of Charlesbourg. In 2002, Charlesbourg was in turn merged with other municipalities in Quebec City to form a new, large city. Charlesbourg became one of the boroughs of Quebec City.[3]

Charlesbourg's earlier name was Bourg Royal, but it was changed in honour of Charles Borromeo, its patron saint.[4] This Catholic saint was a leading figure of the Counter-Reformation combat against the Protestant Reformation.

An 18th-century British map depicts the place name Charlebourg.[5]


The territory of the borough is divided in six quarters, only two of which have official names: Notre-Dame-des-Laurentides and Des Jésuites.[6] The borough is also equally divided into five electoral districts for municipal elections. The quarters and districts do not correspond, unlike for other boroughs such as Beauport.

The other four quarters have numeric identifiers and will receive official names when neighborhood councils are formed and names are adopted.


Corresponds to the former city of Orsainville.

Corresponds to the former municipality of Charlesbourg-Est.

Includes the portion of the borough located west of Henri-Bourassa Boulevard, between the Corridor des Cheminots to the south and Jean-Talon Boulevard to the North. In particular, the historic borough of Charlesbourg - the Trait-Carré - with the Church of Saint-Charles-Borromée, listed as an historic monument in 1959, as well as the Magella-Paradis House and the Moulin des Jesuites.

Corresponds to the former parish of Saint-Rodrigue. It is bounded on the NNW by the Corridor des Cheminots, a cycle track located partly on an old railway track. It is a residential service area. The La Fourmilière Primary School dates back to the 1940s and the Catholic church dates to 1962. The "Les Galeries Charlebourg" shopping center and Loblaws supermarket were built on the site of an important fur trading post. The area is also home to the offices of the Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources.


This residential suburb of Quebec City is the fourth-largest urban centre of the Québec Urban Community. Like Beauport, it has increased by more than 20,000 people over the last 25 years.

According to the Canada 2006 Census:

Notable residents

See also


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-16. Retrieved 2018-12-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Histoire de la paroisse Saint-Charles-Borromée, sur "Les églises de Québec"". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  3. ^ Entre calme et effervescence - Charlesbourg, Ma Ville, Ville de Québec, novembre 2007, vol. 1, no 1., ISBN 978-2-89552-051-1
  4. ^ Charlesbourg, The Quebec History Encyclopedia, marianopolis.edu
  5. ^ A Plan of the River St. Lawrence, from the Falls of Montmorenci to Sillery; at the Operations of the Siege of Quebec. in: James Cook, 1728–1779, princeton.edu
  6. ^ Article dans le Québec-Hebdo
  7. ^ Fortin, Denis (31 May 2007). "Découverte de l'année du Gala des Oliviers" [Discovery of the Year at the Gala of Olives]. Charlesbourg Express (in French). Retrieved 29 Feb 2012.