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Matapédia is a village at the southern tip of the Gaspé peninsula, in Eastern Quebec, Canada. Matapedia is located along Quebec Route 132 on the border of New Brunswick.In addition to Matapédia itself, the municipality also includes the communities of Mann Settlement and Runnymede.HistoryIts name comes from the Mi'kmaq word matapegiag, meaning "river junction", from the parts mata (junction) and pegiag (river), referring to the Matapédia River that crosses the town just before its confluence with the Restigouche River. It has also been spelled over time as Matapediach, Matapeguia, Matapediac, Matakpediack, Madapeguia, or Matapediac.In 1808, colonization began with the arrival of Loyalists, followed by Irish settlers in 1850, Acadians in 1860, and French Canadians in 1865.In 1842, the geographic township was formed, named after the Matapédia River. In 1860, a mission is established, and in 1864, the Matapedia Post Office opened. On November 4, 1905, the place was incorporated as the Parish Municipality of Saint-Laurent-de-Matapédia, named after the local parish and township. But since 1973, it has been officially known by its abbreviated name Matapédia.On February 27, 2010, the status of the parish municipality was changed to just municipality.Present dayThe village has one general store and a designated Heritage Railway Station. The economy is mainly focused on the local geography with activities such as salmon fishing, hunting and tourism. For many years the town contained a baseball field, however in recent times it has been transformed into a soccer field. Although Matapedia contains a CLSC, the closest hospital is on the New Brunswick side: the Restigouche Hospital Centre on Salmon Boulevard. The town also contains a belvedere facing the main part of town.
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