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Alma (2006 Town population: 29,998; CA Population 32,603; UA Population 25,394) is a town in the Canadian province of Quebecmarker.

Geography

Alma is located on the southeast coast of Lac Saint-Jeanmarker where it flows into the Saguenay Rivermarker, in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebecmarker, Canadamarker, approximately 175 km north of Quebec Citymarker. Alma is the seat of Lac-Saint-Jean-Est Regional County Municipalitymarker.

History

Former Isle-Maligne town hall.


The present city of Alma was born in 1962 from the merging of four villages: Isle-Maligne, Naudville, Riverbend and St-Joseph d'Alma. The oldest of the villages, St-Joseph d'Alma, was founded in 1867 by Damase Boulanger. The area became an important industrial center during the 1920s and 1930s with the construction of a hydro-electrical dam on the Grande-Décharge River, a paper mill (Price) and an aluminum smelting plant (Alcan), all of which are still in activity today.

In 2002, Alma amalgamated with Delisle, Quebec.

Gate of the "Odyssée des Bâtisseurs" with water tower.


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