Les Méchins, Quebec

Les Méchins is a municipality in Quebec, Canada, about 47 kilometres (29 mi) east of Matane along Quebec Route 132.

Les Méchins
Location within La Matanie RCM.
Les Méchins
Location in eastern Quebec.
Coordinates: 49°00′N 66°59′W[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
RCMLa Matanie
ConstitutedNovember 27, 1982
  MayorJean-Sébastien Barriault
  Federal ridingHaute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia
  Prov. ridingMatane-Matapédia
  Total469.80 km2 (181.39 sq mi)
  Land441.77 km2 (170.57 sq mi)
  Density2.5/km2 (6/sq mi)
  Pop 2006-2011
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
G0J 1T0
Area code(s)418 and 581
Highways Route 132

In addition to Les Méchins (formerly known as Grands-Méchins) itself, the municipality also includes the communities of Anse-des-Méchins, Cherbourg, Cherbourg-Centre, Les Îlets Méchins, and Petits-Méchins.

The name Méchins is of uncertain origin although according to one theory, it may come from the French word méchants, meaning "wicked", and referring to rocks in the sea that would make navigation there dangerous. Another, less likely suggestion is that it may be a transformation of "Matsi", a 2.5 metres (8 ft 2 in) tall one-eyed monster of Mi'kmaq folklore who would come down from the mountains with a stick as big as a tree to terrorize the local people.[1]


Colonization began in 1859 when three families arrived. By 1865, it had grown to 119 inhabitants. The Mission of Saint-Édouard was established in 1876 and the following year, the area was incorporated as the United Township Municipality of Dalibaire-et-Romieu. In 1880, the chapel was completed and its registers were opened. From that year onward, the place experienced a development boom due to the founding of a herring smokehouse and maritime industry, including ship building in the late 19th century.[1][4]

While Méchins became a separate municipality in 1952, it was not until 1982 that the current Municipality of Méchins was formed through the merger of Méchins with Saint-Paulin-Dalibaire (formed in 1954) and Saint-Thomas-de-Cherbourg (formed in 1954).[1]


Canada census – Les Méchins, Quebec community profile
2011 2006
Population: 1,107 (-3.6% from 2006) 1,148 (-5.9% from 2001)
Land area: 441.77 km2 (170.57 sq mi) 441.70 km2 (170.54 sq mi)
Population density: 2.5/km2 (6.5/sq mi) 2.6/km2 (6.7/sq mi)
Median age: 53.1 (M: 53.3, F: 53.0) 49.0 (M: 48.4, F: 49.6)
Total private dwellings: 699 779
Median household income: $36,887 $29,257
References: 2011[3] 2006[5] earlier[6]
Historical Census Data - Les Méchins, Quebec[7]
1991 1,339    
1996 1,280−4.4%
2001 1,220−4.7%
2006 1,148−5.9%
2011 1,107−3.6%

See also


  1. "Les Méchins (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
  2. "Les Méchins". Répertoire des municipalités (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  3. "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  4. "Les Méchins 125 Ans d'Histoire" (in French). Municipalité de Les Méchins. Archived from the original on 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
  5. "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  6. "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  7. Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census

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