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Quebec Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on November 30, 2020

Armoiries du Québec, via Wikipedia Commons

 Quebec ranks 52nd among provinces and states with markers in this database. Québec is a province in Canada located in Central Canada. It is also in the French-Canadian region. Quebec is some 2.5 million square kilometers in size with a population of around 8.2 million people. The province is divided into 86 regions and 68 of them have entries in this database. In Quebec we have discovered historical markers in 80 cities and towns lying in 195 postal delivery areas.

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There are at least 428 historical markers in Quebec, by our count. We have cataloged 428 historical markers and 26 war memorials—each individually presented on 449 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

The first Quebec marker in the database, Carricks of Whitehaven Shipwreck Memorial, was added September 30, 2009. It was photographed in Cap-des-Rosiers in La Côte-de-Gaspé MRC and was erected in 1890. The last one added was submitted on August 29, 2020, and titled Samuel de Champlain. It is in Baie Saint-Paul in Charlevoix MRC and had been erected in 1982. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Quebec was erected in 1808. It was this one: The Nelson Column, Montreal, and one of our correspondents found it in Montréal in Ville-Marie Borough on August 3, 2010.

Quebec Historical Topics
106 • Settlements and Settlers
91 • Waterways and Vessels
65 • Industry and Commerce
52 • Churches and Religion
51 • Architecture
44 • Colonial Era
37 • Forts or Castles
36 • Communications
30 • War of 1812
28 • Arts, Letters, Music
    ... and others ...

Quebecers don’t want to forget their Settlements and Settlers history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Quebec about Settlements and Settlers—106 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Waterways and Vessels with 91 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Settlements and Settlers topic was Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, added August 3, 2010. It had been erected in Ville-Marie in Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal. The last one submitted also was submitted on August 29, 2020, and titled Samuel de Champlain. It had been erected in 1982 in Baie Saint-Paul in Charlevoix MRC. The earliest marker erected with the Settlements and Settlers topic that we have listed was erected in 1893. It is Montréal’s Founders and First Colonists Monument, found in Montréal in Montréal (region) on April 5, 2015.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Quebec? What we know is that Carricks of Whitehaven Shipwreck Memorial is the most viewed entry in the database from Quebec since it was added in 2009. This year so far, the most viewed Quebecer entry is located in Québec in Communauté-Urbaine-de-Québec. It is Maison Jean-Demers.

Regions, Cities and Towns

The Quebec region with the most historical markers listed in this database is Communauté-Urbaine-de-Québec, with 137 of them. It is followed by Rimouski-Neigette with 48 markers. The Québec area of Communauté-Urbaine-de-Québec has the highest number of markers within its limits, 119. In Rimouski-Neigette the area with the most markers, 48, is Rimouski.

Historical Markers in These
Quebec Regions
137 • Communauté-Urbaine-de-Québec
48 • Rimouski-Neigette
27 • Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM
23 • Papineau MRC
18 • Montréal (region)
9 • Gaspésie– Îles-de-la-Madeleine (region)
9 • Haut-Richelieu MRC
9 • Montmagny MRC
9 • Ville-Marie Borough
7 • Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Quebec with the most markers we again find Québec at the top of the list with 119 markers in or near it. And Rimouski also shows up again in next place, with 48 markers. For the postal code with the most markers it’s G5M 1L8 at the top of the list with 24 markers in its delivery area. It is followed closely by postal code J0V 1L0 with 23 markers.

Historical Markers Near These
Quebec Cities and Towns
119 • Québec
48 • Rimouski
23 • Montebello
21 • Coteau-du-lac
17 • La Cité-Limoilou
10 • Lachine
9 • Montréal
8 • Montréal
7 • Sainte-Flavie
7 • Saint-Jean-Port-Joli
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Communauté-Urbaine-de-Québec, the first marker added to the database from there, Le Château Frontenac, was added November 20, 2011. in Québec. The last one submitted was uploaded on July 16, 2020, and is titled Hommage à Pierre et Gabriel LeMieux, in Québec. The earliest marker erected in Communauté-Urbaine-de-Québec that we have listed was erected in 1827. It was Wolfe and Montcalm Monument, found in Québec on March 11, 2015.

Latest entry from Quebec. Click to go there
By Kevin Craft, August 16, 2020
Latest Entry from Quebec
“Samuel de Champlain”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Rimouski. The first: Le Manoir Seigneurial, was added November 17, 2018. The last: La maison rurale en Nouvelle-France / The Rural House in New France added on May 4, 2019. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1995: Les marins decedes en mer durant la guerre 1939-1945, added on December 24, 2018.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

There is no organization in charge of erecting official historical markers province-wide in Quebec today. The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada has erected numerous historical markers in Quebec, and we have 49 of their Quebec markers in the database. Also, a number of regions have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Quebec have been marked with history. Check out Charlevoix MRC, Bellechasse and Argenteuil MRC. We've only found one historical marker in each. Visiting one or more of these parts of Quebec might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe you’ll discover more historical markers while you’re there. If you do, perhaps you’ll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Nov. 30, 2020