Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!

StllohahaSaint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! is a small town in the regional county municipality of Témiscouata, Quebec, near the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River in Canada. The parish began in 1860 as the site of a Roman Catholic mission; it was named in 1874. The population of Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! is 1,471.

The commission de toponymie asserts that the parish’s name refers to nearby Lake Témiscouata, the sense of haha here being an archaic French word for an unexpected obstacle or abruptly ending path. The exclamation marks were added colloquially and have since gained recognized status among Canadian federal institutions such as Canada Post.

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I’m from a different Saint Louis. St. Louis city itself has a population of 356,361 while what is commonly called the St. Louis Metro Area has 2,816,710 people.

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10 thoughts on “Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!”

  1. Most folks know about Saint-Louis-du-ha! ha!, but I’ve never heard of this Saint Louis Metro area of which you speak…must be some little backwater village stuck on some river bank somewhere.

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  2. St. Louis De Ha-Ha: Been there. Awesome poutine. Trust me.

    Don’t know? There’s that Google thing ….

    ha-ha!

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  3. a “ha ha” is a method of keeping animals off the lawn area without obstructing the view, and it is a steep bank from an upper lawn area down to the paddock or field, so that when one looks out over the view, one sees only grassy areas, and there is not a marked line of a fence. Common in “stately homes” in Europe.

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