Lac-Sainte-Marie, Quebec

Low, Quebec La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau Regional County Municipality Gracefield, Quebec
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Lac-Ste-Marie is located in Western Quebec
Location in western Quebec
Coordinates: 45°57′N 75°57′W / 45.95°N 75.95°W / 45.95; -75.95Coordinates: 45°57′N 75°57′W / 45.95°N 75.95°W / 45.95; -75.95[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
RCMLa Vallée-de-la-Gatineau
ConstitutedJanuary 1, 1872
 • MayorGary Lachapelle
 • Federal ridingPontiac
 • Prov. ridingGatineau
 • Total240.40 km2 (92.82 sq mi)
 • Land209.52 km2 (80.90 sq mi)
 • Total611
 • Density2.9/km2 (8/sq mi)
 • Pop (2006–11)
Decrease 5.6%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)819 Edit this at Wikidata

Lac-Sainte-Marie is a municipality in the La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau Regional County Municipality, Quebec, Canada, 60 kilometres (37 mi) north of Gatineau. It is named after the adjacent lake.


In 1840, the area was opened to settlement, and that same year the Saint-Nom-de-Marie Parish was founded. The municipality was formed in 1872. It was originally called Hincks, in honour of politician Sir Francis Hincks (1807-1885), who was then finance minister in the Macdonald cabinet. After this cabinet fell in 1873, Hincks name was replaced in popular usage by the name of the parish, and then by the name of the lake. In 1882, the post office opened, using the English name Lake St. Mary and renamed to Lac-Sainte-Marie in 1916.[1]

In 1928 the village was flooded to create the Paugan hydroelectric dam. Ninety percent of the village had to be relocated to higher ground. The church, located in the center of the old town, was submerged. The submerged town attracted the attention of many tourists from the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau.

In 1975, Lac-Sainte-Marie became the official name, and paid tribute to a forgotten pioneer, Marie Léveillée, mother of Jean-Marie Léveillée who was the first settler in the area.[1]


Population trend:[4]

Private dwellings (occupied by usual residents): 295

Mother tongue languages:[5]


  1. ^ a b c Reference number 33337 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ a b Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire - Répertoire des municipalités: Lac-Sainte-Marie Archived 2013-10-06 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "Lac-Sainte-Marie census profile". 2011 Census data. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
  4. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  5. ^ "Lac-Sainte-Marie community profile". 2006 Census data. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2010-11-08.