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is a city in the Province of Quebec
Quebec or is a province in east-central Canada. It is the only Canadian province with a predominantly French-speaking population and the only one whose sole official language is French at the provincial level....
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...
, on the northern shore of the Saint Lawrence River
The Saint Lawrence is a large river flowing approximately from southwest to northeast in the middle latitudes of North America, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. It is the primary drainage conveyor of the Great Lakes Basin...
. Baie-Saint-Paul is the seat of Charlevoix Regional County Municipality
Charlevoix is a regional county municipality in northeastern Quebec, Canada. The regional county municipality seat is Baie-Saint-Paul.According to the 2001 Statistics Canada Census:*Population: 13,166*% Change : -2.0*Dwellings: 5,924...
. The city is situated at the mouth of the Gouffre River. It is known for its art galleries, shops and restaurants.
The place gained some prominence in the 1770s when Doctor Philippe-Louis-François Badelard
Philippe-Louis-François Badelard was an army officer and surgeon from France who came to Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island, in 1757. He was the surgeon-major to the troops there and they left that year for Quebec City in New France...
named a disease he was researching the "Baie-Saint-Paul maladie". This illness was the subject of one of the first medical publications done in Lower Canada
The Province of Lower Canada was a British colony on the lower Saint Lawrence River and the shores of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence...
. It is also where Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil , is a Canadian entertainment company, self-described as a "dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment." Based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and located in the inner-city area of Saint-Michel, it was founded in Baie-Saint-Paul in 1984 by two former street performers, Guy...
originated back in the early 1980s and the location of the first show using the name Cirque du Soleil during "La Fete Foraine de Baie-Saint-Paul" in 1984.
- Population in 2006: 7288 (2001 to 2006 population change: 0.0 %)
- Population in 2001: 7290
- Population in 1996:
- Baie-Saint-Paul (ville): 3569
- Baie-Saint-Paul (parish): 2412
- Rivière-du-Gouffre (municipality): 1398
- Population in 1991:
- Baie-Saint-Paul (ville): 3733
- Baie-Saint-Paul (parish): 2297
- Rivière-du-Gouffre (municipality): 1305
Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 3321 (total dwellings: 3021)
- English as first language: 0.2 %
- French as first language: 98.7 %
- English and French as first language: 0 %
- Other as first language: 1.1 %