|From top: Old Town, Appontement, City Hall, social buildings, Telus Globe and the Presidential Palace.|
|Coat of Arms of Baie-Saint-Paul|
|Location of the commune of Baie-Saint-Paul|
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Baie-Saint-Paul means literally the Bay of Saint Paul in Valois. Its name comes from the Christian Paul the Apostle who was elevated as Saint by the Roman Catholic Church. Important figure of Christianity as the role he played in its initial expansion among polytheists parts of the Roman Empire, and by his interpretation of Jesus' teaching, the royalty named him after the newly founded capital of Vale in 894, after the union with Normandy, though Lutèce remained the main seat of power and government until the Vale Civil War, while BSP was more of a summer royal palace. It is rather ironic to have named the capital of a country that eventually dismissed most of Pauline Christianity to establish Manitism.
Baie-Saint-Paul is located on Vale's south-central east coast, where the freshwater Lake Magog - one of Vale's largest lake - flows out into the Baltic Sea. The central parts of the city consist of fourteen islands that are continuous with the Saint-Paul archipelago. The geographical city centre is situated on the water, in Saint-Paul's bay. Over 30% of the city area is made up of waterways and another 30% is made up of parks and green spaces.
The biome Baie-Saint-Paul belongs to is the Temperate Deciduous Forest, which means the climate is very similar to that of the Eastern area of the Federated States. The average annual temperature is 10 °C (50 °F). The average rainfall is 30 to 60 inches a year. The deciduous forest has four distinct seasons, spring, summer, autumn, and winter. In the autumn the leaves change color. During the winter months the trees lose their leaves.
Baie-Saint-Paul, with a February mean of −3.0 °C (26.6 °F), has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb). Due to the city's high northerly latitude, daylight varies widely from more than 18 hours around midsummer, to only around 6 hours in late December. Despite its northern location, Baie-Saint-Paul has relatively mild weather compared to other locations at similar latitude, or even farther south.
Summers average daytime high temperatures of 20–25 °C (68–77 °F) and lows of around 13 °C (55 °F), but temperatures can reach 30 °C (86 °F) on some days. Days above 30 °C (86 °F) are quite rare, and it can be some years between them. Days between 25 °C (77 °F) and 30 °C (86 °F) are relatively common especially in July. Nighttime lows of above 20 °C (68 °F) are rare as well, with the hot summer nights roaming around 17 to 18 °C (63 to 64 °F). Winters are snowy with average temperatures ranging from −10 to −1 °C (14 to 30 °F), and sometimes drop below −20 °C (−4 °F). Spring and autumn are generally cool to mild.
The highest temperature ever recorded in Baie-Saint-Paul was 36 °C (97 °F) on 3 July 1411; the lowest was −32 °C (−26 °F) on 20 January 1414. However, the temperature has not dropped to below −25.1 °C (−13.2 °F) since 10 January 1687.
Annual precipitation is 539 mm (21.2 in) with around 170 wet days and light to moderate rainfall throughout the year. Snowfall occurs mainly from December through March. Snowfall may occasionally occur in late October as well as in April. In Baie-Saint-Paul, the Aurora Borealis can occasionally be observed.