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Quebec Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on February 26, 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 64 of them have entries in this database. In Quebec we have discovered historical markers in 74 cities and towns lying in 181 postal delivery areas.

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How many historical markers are there in Quebec? There are least 377 of them, by our count. We have cataloged 377 historical markers and 25 war memorials—each individually presented on 397 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 November 20, 2019, and titled La Colonisation d'Upton / The Colonization of Upton. It is in Upton in Acton MRC. 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 Categories
88 • Waterways and Vessels
87 • Settlements and Settlers
49 • Industry and Commerce
46 • Churches and Religion
37 • Forts or Castles
37 • Colonial Era
37 • Architecture
35 • Communications
30 • War of 1812
23 • Arts, Letters, Music
    ... and more ...

Quebecers don’t want to forget their Waterways and Vessels history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Quebec about Waterways and Vessels—88 of them—than about any other historical category. A close second is Settlements and Settlers with 87 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Waterways and Vessels category was also Carricks of Whitehaven Shipwreck Memorial, added September 30, 2009. It had been erected in 1890 in Cap-des-Rosiers in La Côte-de-Gaspé MRC. The last one submitted was submitted on February 12, 2019, and titled La tour - La "light" / The tower - The light. It had been erected in Cap-des-Rosiers in La Côte-de-Gaspé. The earliest marker erected with the Waterways and Vessels category that we have listed was erected in 1808. It is The Nelson Column, Montreal, found in Montréal in Ville-Marie Borough on August 3, 2010.

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 near Berthier-sur-Mer in Chaudière-Appalaches (region). It is The Celtic Cross.

Regions, Cities and Towns

The Quebec region with the most historical markers listed in this database is Communauté-Urbaine-de-Québec, with 123 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, 105. In Rimouski-Neigette the area with the most markers, 48, is Rimouski.

Historical Markers in These
Quebec Regions
123 • Communauté-Urbaine-de-Québec
48 • Rimouski-Neigette
22 • Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM
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
7 • La Mitis
    ... and more ...

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 105 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 by postal code J0P 1B0 with 21 markers.

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

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 September 13, 2019, and is titled Le Siège de Québec, 1759 / The Siege of Québec, 1759, 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.

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By Cosmos Mariner, August 7, 2019
Latest Entry from Quebec
“La Colonisation d'Upton / The Colonization of Upton”

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 Argenteuil MRC, Bécancour MRC and Bellechasse. 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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