Eglise du Quebec

Shawinigan is a city located on the Saint-Maurice River in the Mauricie area in Quebec, Canada. It had a population of 49,349 as of the 2016 Canadian census.

Shawinigan is also a territory equivalent to a regional county municipality (TE) and census division (CD) of Quebec, coextensive with the city of Shawinigan. Its geographical code is 36. Shawinigan is the seat of the judicial district of Saint-Maurice.

The name Shawinigan has had numerous spellings over time: Chaouinigane, Oshaouinigane, Assaouinigane, Achawénégan, Chawinigame, Shawenigane, Chaouénigane. It may mean "south portage", "portage of beeches", "angular portage", or "summit" or "crest". Before 1958, the city was known as Shawinigan Falls.



Notre-Dame-du-Lac Témiscouata

Notre-Dame-du-Lac is a former city in the regional county municipality of Témiscouata in the province of Quebec, Canada, located in the administrative region du Bas-Saint-Laurent. On 5 May 2010, the cities of Cabano and Notre-Dame-du-Lac combined to form a new city named Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac. "Notre-Dame-du-Lac" was designated as a section of the new city.

The population of Notre-Dame-du-Lac is around 2200. The city is built on an amphitheatre in the middle of the Valley of Témiscouata. Until its joining with Cabano, Notre-Dame-du-Lac was the chef-lieu de la regional county municipality and the hospital, ferry, and police station of Témiscouata were located there. The arena of Notre-Dame-du-Lac is also well known as the largest and best equipped in the region. 

First created as a parish in 1871, with the name «Détour-du-Lac», two years after the parish received its first priest in 1861, Notre-Dame-du-Lac obtained "city" status in 1968 as a result of an adjoining with the homonymous village established in 1949. The name «Détour-du-Lac» was given because of its geographic situation which made the place by excellence were to come alongside it and sink into the earth.

On December 2, 1969, Notre-Dame-du-Lac suffered its worst disaster in history when at least 51 people were killed in an early morning fire at Repos du Viellard, a home for the elderly. Only 22 people survived the blaze, including the rest home's owner, wife and children.

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Vue aérienne de Notre-Dame-du-lac, Québec, Canada. Vue vers le nord avec, à droite le lac Témiscouata et, à gauche, la route trancanadienne.

Aerial view of Notre-Dame-du-lac, Quebec, Canada. View to the north with, on the right, Lake Témiscouata and, on the left, the Trans-Canada Highway.

Auteur : Nicolas Gagnon