At the mouth of the Malbaie River, this administrative centre is the most important city of Charlevoix. Samuel de Champlain named the bay "malle baye" (bad bay) in 1608, because his ships, which anchored there, all ran aground there. Indeed, the sea withdraws completely from the bay at low tide. After the English conquest, it was renamed Murray Bay by John Nairn and Malcolm Fraser, two Scottish officers, in memory of Governor James Murray, who granted it to them. The Malbaie River flows through the city and into the river. As a result of the Town Merger Act, the former municipalities of Pointe-au-Pic, Rivière-Malbaie, Sainte-Agnès, Cap-à-l'Aigle and Saint-Fidèle joined together to form La Malbaie. This merger explains the organization of our chapters.

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