is a parish
(a small town
) in the region of Témiscouata
, near the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River
. It is located southeast of Rivière-du-Loup
along Route 185
, about halfway to Edmundston
in New Brunswick
. Its population is 1,471. Its economy is mainly agricultural
Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!'s motto is Solidaire dans le labeur, French for Solidarity in work. Its current mayor is Donald Viel.
Origin of the name
There is much speculation as to what the "Ha! Ha!" refers to. The commission de toponymie
asserts that it refers to nearby Lake Témiscouata
, the sense of fr:haha
here being an archaic French
word for an unexpected obstacle or abruptly ending path. The Louis may refer to Louis Marquis, one of the first colonists of the region, or Louis-Antoine Proulx, vicar of Rivière-du-Loup
, or perhaps the abbot Louis-Nicolas Bernier.
The exclamation marks were added colloquially and have since gained recognized status among Canadian federal institutions such as Poste Canada Post but often have not been as internationally recognized as in Westward Ho!