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Saint-Jacques, Quebec (Canada)

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Last modified: 2022-02-19 by rob raeside
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Saint-Jacques image by Masao Okazaki, February 2022
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The municipality of Saint-Jacques (4,290 inhabitants in 2020; 6,726 ha) is located 60 km north of Montreal. The municipality was established on 4 February 1998 by the merging of the former municipalities of the village and of the parish of Saint-Jacques, reforming the original municipality that had been split in 1912.

Saint-Jacques was established in 1774 by some 30 Acadian households coming from Boston, in a territory known since 1772 as Nouvelle Acadie. The parish of Saint-Jacques, established like many other in the region by the Sulpicians, was named as a tribute to priest Jacques Degeay (1717-1774), who had warmly welcomed the newcomers.
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 13 February 2022


Flag is a municipal logo on a horizontally banded white-blue-white flag with two white fleurs-de-lys on the blue stripe.
Dave Fowler, 13 February 2022

Coat of arms

Saint-jacques image located by Dave Fowler, 13 February 2022

The arms are "Quarterly, 1. Or three scallops, 2. Gules a chalice or surmounted by a host argent, 3. Azure a nave argent a star or in canton sinister, 4. Or a tobacco plant proper on a base sable."

Or is a symbol of people's honesty and generosity. The scallops are the attributes of the town's patron saint, St. James.
Gules is a symbol of St. James' particular dedication to God. The Eucharist recalls the specific devotion of Acadians
The church and the star represents Acadia and its anthem, "Ave Maris Stella".
Tobacco cultivation was established in 1875 in Saint-Jacques, one of Canada's earliest center of cultivation. Or represents the income provided by tobacco industry.
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 13 February 2022