L'Anse-Saint-Jean, Quebec

L'Anse-Saint-Jean, French for "The Cove of Saint John" is a municipality in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec, Canada. Its population was 1208 in the Canada 2011 Census.

Location in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Quebec.
Coordinates: 48°14′N 70°12′W[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
RCMLe Fjord-du-Saguenay
ConstitutedJanuary 1, 1859
  MayorLucien Martel
  Federal ridingChicoutimi—Le Fjord
  Prov. ridingDubuc
  Total530.20 km2 (204.71 sq mi)
  Land512.57 km2 (197.90 sq mi)
  Density2.4/km2 (6/sq mi)
  Pop (2006–11)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
G0V 1J0
Area code(s)418 and 581

L'Anse-Saint-Jean was founded in 1838 by the Société des Vingt-et-un, a group of lumber prospectors and investors from Charlevoix which was responsible for opening up the Saguenay region to colonization.

Le Royaume de L'Anse-Saint-Jean

It achieved a certain notoriety when its citizens held a referendum on January 21, 1997, to turn the village into the Le Royaume de L'Anse-Saint-Jean (The Kingdom of L'Anse Saint Jean), the continent's first "municipal monarchy." The monarchists won 73.9% of the vote, with Denys Tremblay becoming King Denys I. The king was crowned on June 24, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, in the Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, and announced plans to build a "vegetable oratory," Saint-Jean-du-Millénaire (Saint John of the Millennium).[4] This micronational project was cheerfully conceded to be a way of boosting tourism in the region, which had been hit by the 1996 Saguenay Flood.


  1. Reference number 135547 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire - Répertoire des municipalités: L'Anse-Saint-Jean
  3. "L'Anse-Saint-Jean census profile". 2011 Census data. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
  4. grandquebec.com

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