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Rimouski

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Rimouski is a coastal city in Quebec's Bas-Saint-Laurent region.

Understand[edit]

Rimouski is a small city on the coast of the St. Lawrence River. It can be considered the university city of eastern Quebec. Unfortunately, voyagers often view Rimouski merely as a stop on the way to the Gaspé Peninsula. However, there are many interesting things to see in the region.

Talk[edit]

The Bas-Saint-Laurent region is not as touristic as the Gaspé Peninsula, so speaking a bit of French can help you very much.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Aéroport régional de Mont-Joli (YYY IATA) is the closest airport about 30 minutes drive from Rimouski.

  • Air Canada makes daily flights to Baie-Comeau and Montréal; that is, two flights daily, except Saturdays, when there is one morning flight

By train[edit]

VIA Rail train station located near downtown. Eastbound train arrives at 1:30am and Westbound train arrives at 1:50am.

By car[edit]

Route 132 leads westward to Quebec City and Montreal. There are two disconnected segments of Autoroute 20 which bypass portions of this road; one is a local bypass around Rimouski, the other is the main freeway from Rivière-du-Loup westward to Ontario.

Route 132 east forks at Ste-Flavie near Mont-Joli, becoming a coastal road which circles the entire Gaspé Peninsula.

From New Brunswick, bridges at Campbellton-Pointe-à-la-Croix and at Matapédia lead to Route 132; follow 132 through Matapédia to Ste-Flavie.

By bus[edit]

Orléans Express has many daily runs to Rivière-du-Loup. Onward connections are available to Quebec City and Montreal. Maritime Bus has taken over the former Acadian Lines run from Rivière-du-Loup to Moncton with connections to NB/NS/PEI.

By boat[edit]

Rimouski-Forestville Ferry Seasonal ferry service to Forestville on the CNN Evolution. A catamaran ferry that holds the title of fastest ferry in the province of Quebec.

Rivière-du-Loup/Saint-Siméon Ferry The MV Trans-St-Laurent provides seasonal ferry service from April to January. Travellers are advised to contact the ferry agency directly for more accurate schedule details.

Matane/Baie-Comeau-Godbout The MV Camille-Marcoux is a government run ferry providing service to Baie-Comeau and Godbout on the north shore of the St-Lawrence River with 4-6 departures daily year round. Vehicle reservations are required.

Get around[edit]

Car Rental

  • National Rent-a-Car
  • Bleu Pelican

Taxi +1 418-723-3344, There is one taxi company in Rimouski; they are very clean and easy to call.

Public Transit Public transit in Rimouski is minimal and serves only the central portion of the city (phone : +1 418-723-5555).

  • Taxi-Bus is a taxi that picks up and stops at designated stops (like a city bus) but must be reserves an hour in advance with a membership card.
  • CitéBus is the public bus system of the city.

See[edit]

  • Site historique maritime. At Point-au-Père, a small town near Rimouski which marks the official dividing point between the St. Lawrence River and the open Gulf. The lighthouse is the second-tallest in Canada; the buildings which once housed lighthouse keepers may be visited. There is a marine museum with extensive coverage of the "Empress of Ireland" ocean liner collision and sinking; a "Hangar 14" historic museum recounts life in 1914. The Onondaga, a submarine in Canadian military service from 1967-2000, can be visited; an overnight stay on the ship is available by advance reservation.
  • Canyon de la Porte de l'Enfer, a canyon in the mountains south of Rimouski.
  • Parc national du Bic, a coastal park only 20 minutes away from Rimouski. Sea kayak and hiking are very popular.
  • (French only)Musée régional de Rimouski, 35 Rue Saint-Germain Ouest, +1 418-724-2272. Regional museum in old stone church.
  • Maison Lamontagne, 707, boulevard du Rivage, +1 418-722-4038.

Do[edit]

  • Île Saint-Barnabé. From the marina, take the boat ($16.50, every 30 minutes) to the island in front or Rimouski. You can walk in nature.

Learn[edit]

The Université du Québec à Rimouski is renowned for its courses in oceanography and in marine biology.

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Go next[edit]

Routes through Rimouski
LévisTrois-Pistoles  W VIA Rail Montreal Gaspe icon.png E  Mont-JoliGaspé
LévisTrois-Pistoles  W VIA Rail Ocean icon.png E  Mont-JoliMoncton
Rivière-du-LoupTrois-Pistoles  W Qc132.svg E  → fork → Matane/AmquiGaspé


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