Vois juste, probité engendre honneur ("Do right, integrity begets honour")
Location within Abitibi-Ouest RCM.
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|Constituted||March 6, 2002|
|o Mayor||Théodore Roy|
|o Federal riding||Abitibi--Témiscamingue|
|o Prov. riding||Abitibi-Ouest|
|o Total||238.40 km2 (92.05 sq mi)|
|o Land||202.34 km2 (78.12 sq mi)|
|o Density||13.5/km2 (35/sq mi)|
|o Pop 2006-2011||0.3%|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
In addition to Macamic itself, the town's territory also includes the community of Colombourg.
Colonization began at the time when the National Transcontinental Railway running through the Abitibi region was completed. The first pioneers, arriving circa 1913, were originally from Saint-Ignace-du-Lac, Pierreville, Stanfold, Nicolet, and Shawinigan. They settled south of Lake Macamic and the new settlement took the lake's name, often written also as Makamik. In the Algonquin language, the name Makamik means "limping beaver", from makis (crippled or disabled) and amik (beaver).
In 1914, Makamik had 100 residents. In 1915, the year the post office opened, it had grown to 300, and the following year, when the Parish of Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste-de-Macamic was formed, there were 500 persons. By 1918, the population had jumped to 1750 and the area was incorporated as the United Township Municipality of Royal-Roussillon-et-Poularies, named after the Royal-Roussillon Regiment of Montcalm's army and after lieutenant-colonel François-Médard de Poularies, commander of this regiment.
In 1919, the village itself separated from the united township and was incorporated as Village Municipality of Macamic, having a population of 2300 persons by 1920. In 1924, Poularies Township also separated from Royal-Roussillon-et-Poularies, which became the Parish Municipality of Royal-Roussillon-de-Macamic in 1952, and officially shortened to just Macamic in 1961.
In 1955, the Village Municipality of Macamic changed its status to town (ville), and was regrouped with the Parish Municipality of Macamic on June 13, 2001, to form the new Town of Macamic. On March 2, 2002, the Municipality of Colombourg (incorporated in 1926) was merged into Macamic.
Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 1097 (total dwellings: 1148)