Beauharnois-Salaberry Regional County Municipality Beauharnois Canal Saint Lawrence River

The old canal of Beauharnois in downtown Valleyfield
The old canal of Beauharnois in downtown Valleyfield
Coat of arms of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
Coat of arms
Official logo of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
The Venice of Quebec
Ubi lux ibi labor
Location within Beauharnois-Salaberry RCM
Location within Beauharnois-Salaberry RCM
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield is located in Southern Quebec
Location in southern Quebec
Coordinates: 45°15′N 74°08′W / 45.25°N 74.13°W / 45.25; -74.13Coordinates: 45°15′N 74°08′W / 45.25°N 74.13°W / 45.25; -74.13[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
ConstitutedApril 24, 2002
Named forCharles-Michel d'Irumberry de Salaberry
 • TypeMayor-council government
 • MayorMiguel Lemieux
 • Federal ridingSalaberry—Suroît
 • Prov. ridingBeauharnois
 • City125.50 km2 (48.46 sq mi)
 • Land107.21 km2 (41.39 sq mi)
 • Water19.78 km2 (7.64 sq mi)
 • Metro523.1 km2 (202.0 sq mi)
 • City42,410
 • Density395.5/km2 (1,024/sq mi)
 • Metro67,089
 • Metro density143.3/km2 (371/sq mi)
 • Pop 2016-2019
Increase 4.08%
 • Dwellings
Demonym(s)Campivallensien, Campivallensienne (fr) Campivallensian (en)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)450 and 579

Route 132
Route 201
Websitewww.ville.valleyfield.qc.ca Edit this at Wikidata

Salaberry-de-Valleyfield is a city in southwestern Quebec, Canada, in the Regional County Municipality of Beauharnois-Salaberry.

The population as of 2019 was 42,410.[6] Situated on Grande-Île, an island in the Saint Lawrence River, it is bordered at its western end by Lake Saint Francis, with the Saint Lawrence to the north and the Beauharnois Canal to its south. The Port of Valleyfield is on the canal.

The historic downtown is a major touristic center for the area.

Due to the presence of Lake St. Francis (St. Lawrence River), St. Francis Bay in downtown, and of numerous rivers and canals all over the town, the city is nicknamed ''The Venice of Quebec''.


The actual city was founded in 1874, the first mayor was Moise Plante. The first settlers arrived in 1798. At that moment, the settlement was named Pointe-du-Lac (Lake Point). The colony was then renamed Saranac, then Sainte-Cécile. Salaberry-de-Valleyfield was officially named in 1874 after Colonel Charles de Salaberry who served with the British army during the War of 1812. "Valleyfield" came from the Valleyfield Mills, a paper mill south of Edinburgh in Scotland.

The city is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Valleyfield, founded in 1892.

Salaberry-de-Valleyfield is also the seat of the judicial district of Beauharnois since 1901.[7]


In 2002, the city of 26,170 amalgamated with the following communities[8] (2001 Canada census figures):


The city council is composed of the mayor and eight city councillors. The municipal elections are at each 4 years, each councillor stands for his/her district.

City Council[9]
Function/District 2005-2009 2009-2013 2013-2017 2017-2021
Mayor Denis Lapointe Denis Lapointe Denis Lapointe Miguel Lemieux
1 - Grande-Île Denis Laître Denis Laître Denis Laître Lyne Lefebvre
2 - Nitro Jean-Marc Rochon Jean-Marc Rochon Jean-Marc Rochon Jason Grenier
3 - Georges-Leduc Claude Reid Louise Sauvé Louise Sauvé Jean-Marc Rochon
4 - Champlain Robert Savard Robert Savard Jean-Luc Pomerleau France Chenail
5 - La Baie Roger Levert Jean-Jacques Leduc François Labossière Guillaume Massicotte
6 - Robert-Cauchon Jacques Smith Jacques Smith Jacques Smith Jacques Smith
7 - Jules-Léger Pierre-Paul Messier Pierre-Paul Messier Patrick Rancourt Patrick Rancourt
8 - Saint-Timothée Normand Amesse Normand Amesse Normand Amesse Normand Amesse





Canada Census Mother Tongue - Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec[14]
Amalgamated with Saint-Timothée and Grande-Île in 2002.
Census Total
French & English
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
37,480 Increase 0.01% 94.48% 1,160 Increase 5.0% 2.92% 395 Decrease 13.2% 1.00% 570 Increase 46.2% 1.44%
37,475 Increase 1.7% 95.05% 1,105 Increase 6.8% 2.80% 455 Increase 89.6% 1.15% 390 Decrease 12.4% 0.99%
36,845 Increase 51.9% 95.54% 1,035 Increase 40.8% 2.68% 240 Increase 20.0% 0.62% 445 Increase 74.5% 1.15%
24,260 Decrease 2.4% 95.32% 735 Increase 11.4% 2.89% 200 Decrease 14.9% 0.79% 255 Increase 4.1% 1.00%
24,855 n/a 95.61% 660 n/a 2.54% 235 n/a 0.90% 245 n/a 0.94%


The Musée de Société des Deux-Rives (MUSO), which covers the economic and cultural history of the region, is located in the city.

The city houses one of the 10 minor basilicas in Quebec. Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Cecilia, built in 1934–1935, is one of the largest churches in the country.

The city has been the site of the Valleyfield Regattas since 1938. The event takes place every year at the beginning of July over a three-day period in the heart of the city on Bay Saint-Francois. It is an international hydroplane competition, in which power boats achieve speeds of up to 225 km/h. Attracting over 130,000 visitors per year, it also includes other cultural activities.[15]


Gault Institute

The Gault Institute was created by Andrew Frederick Gault. He created this school during the time that the Gault Cotton Mills were up and running. To heat the school at one time he used underground pipes connecting from the school to the Cotton Mills since at the time there was no electricity.

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ Reference number 125037 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ a b "Affaires Municipales et Regions Quebec: Salaberry-de-Valleyfield". Archived from the original on 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
  3. ^ Riding history for Beauharnois—Salaberry, Quebec from the Library of Parliament
  4. ^ a b 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec
  5. ^ a b 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Salaberry-de-Valleyfield (Census agglomeration), Quebec. The census agglomeration consists of only Salaberry-de-Valleyfield itself. This was unchanged from the 2006 census.
  6. ^ "Salaberry-de-Valleyfield - Répertoire des municipalités - Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation". www.mamh.gouv.qc.ca. Retrieved 2019-11-28.
  7. ^ Territorial Division Act. Revised Statutes of Quebec D-11.
  8. ^ http://www.stat.gouv.qc.ca/publications/referenc/pdf/modavr02.pdf[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Tremblay, Éric (November 6, 2017). "Miguel Lemieux succède à Denis Lapointe (French Only)". Journal Saint-François.
  10. ^ "Salaberry-de-Valleyfield Climate". Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010 (in English and French). Environment Canada. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  11. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  12. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2013-05-17.
  13. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  14. ^ a b Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  15. ^ Home - Régates de Valleyfield
  16. ^ Calvé, Mélanie (September 5, 2019). "Karla Homolka Vit Maintenant a Salaberry de Valleyfield". Viva Media. Retrieved September 5, 2019.