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Bécancour is a town in the Centre-du-Québecmarker region of Quebecmarker, Canadamarker; it is the seat of the Bécancour Regional County Municipalitymarker. It is located at the confluence of the Bécancour River and the Saint Lawrence Rivermarker, opposite Trois-Rivières, Quebecmarker.


Bécancour's claim to fame is as the province of Quebec's first amalgamated city; the town itself was created October 17, 1965 from the amalgamation of eleven municipalities: La Nativité de Notre-Dame-de-Bécancour (1722), Saint-Édouard-de-Gentilly (1784), Saint-Grégoire-le-Grand (1802), Sainte-Gertrude (1845), Sainte-Angèle-de-Laval (1868), Très-Précieux-Sang-de-Notre-Seigneur (1903), and the villages of Larochelle (1863), Gentilly (1900), Villers (1901), Bécancour and Laval (1909).. The city of Bécancour then became the largest city in Quebec (as of 2003, the title belongs to La Tuque, Quebecmarker).

Bécancour is now divided into six secteurs (lit. "sectors"): Bécancourmarker, Saint-Grégoiremarker, Gentillymarker, Précieux-Sangmarker, Sainte-Angèle-de-Lavalmarker, and Sainte-Gertrudemarker. Bécancour, Saint-Grégoire and Gentilly, each located near the shore of the Saint Lawrence Rivermarker, can be considered the main urban centres. Autoroute 55 intersects Autoroute 30 and Route 132 at Saint-Grégoire.

Bécancour is part of the Trois-Rivièresmarker metropolitan area; many residents work in Trois-Rivières and commute across the Laviolette Bridgemarker daily. The economy of Bécancour, once mainly agricultural, shifted towards heavy industry and manufacturing in the 1970s and 1980s, with the creation of an industrial park and a nuclear power plant (Gentilly Nuclear Generating Stationmarker) in the area. Industries now present in Bécancour include: producers of aluminum, magnesium, refractory metals, and petroleum products; machine shops; and many related services such as excavators and sales of industrial parts.

Despite its proximity to Trois-Rivières, Bécancour has a vibrant culture and identity of its own; the city hosts a hot air balloon festival, a weekly public marketplace, a biodiversity museum and interpretation centre, and even a maritime pumpkin race.


According to the Canada 2001 Census:
  • Population: 11,051
  • % Change (1996-2001): -3.8
  • Dwellings: 4,690
  • Area (km²): 441.00
  • Density (persons per km²): 25.1


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