View of La Malbaie, Quebec
|Motto(s): In Fide Plantati et Radicati|
Location within Charlevoix-Est RCM
|Constituted||December 1, 1999|
|• Mayor||Michel Couturier|
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|• Total||695.90 km2 (268.69 sq mi)|
|• Land||459.24 km2 (177.31 sq mi)|
|• Density||18.0/km2 (47/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2011–2016||6.7%|
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La Malbaie is a municipality in the
The development of tourism in this area is said to date back to 1760, when the
In 1761, two Scottish officers of the British Army were attracted to the beauty of the place, and they each sought to obtain a concession.
In 1774, the Parish of Saint-Étienne was formed. In 1845, the place was first incorporated as the Municipality of La Malbaie, but it was abolished in 1847. It was reestablished in 1855 as the Parish Municipality of Saint-Étienne-de-Murray-Bay. In 1896, the village itself separated from the parish municipality and was incorporated as the Village Municipality of La Malbaie.
In 1957, Saint-Étienne-de-Murray-Bay was renamed to Saint-Etienne-de-la-Malbaie. A year later, the Village Municipality of La Malbaie changed status and became the Town of La Malbaie, that annexed the parish municipality in 1965.
On February 15, 1995, the Town of La Malbaie and the Village Municipality of Pointe-au-Pic merged to form the Town of La Malbaie–Pointe-au-Pic. On December 1, 1999, the Municipalities of Rivière-Malbaie and Saint-Fidèle, the Village Municipality of Cap-à-l'Aigle, the Parish Municipality of Sainte-Agnès, and the Town of La Malbaie–Pointe-au-Pic were amalgamated to form the new Town of La Malbaie.