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


Rimouski is a small city on the coast of the St. Lawrence River. It can be considered the university city of eastern Quebec. Unfortunately, travellers 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.


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

Visitor information[edit]

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

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

Rimouski Airport (YXK IATA) handles general aviation and cargo flights.

By train[edit]

The Via Rail train station is near downtown. Eastbound train arrives at 01:30 and the westbound train arrives at 01:50.

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 New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and 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]

Map of Rimouski

Downtown Rimouski is rather small and walkable. However, you will need a car to get into or out of this area. Parking is easily found in this city.

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.
  • Société des transports de Rimouski., +1 418-723-5555. Public transit in Rimouski is minimal and serves only the central portion of the city. 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.


  • 1 Site historique maritime, 1000 Rue du Phare, Rimouski. 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.
  • 2 Canyon de la Porte de l'Enfer, 1280 Chemin Duchénier, Saint-Narcisse-de-Rimouski, +1 418-735-6063. A canyon in the mountains south of Rimouski.
  • 3 Parc national du Bic. A coastal park only 20 minutes away from Rimouski. Sea kayak and hiking are very popular.
  • 4 (French only) Musée régional de Rimouski, 35 Rue Saint-Germain Ouest, Rimouski, +1 418-724-2272. Regional museum in old stone church.
  • Maison Lamontagne, 707, boulevard du Rivage, +1 418-722-4038.


  • 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.



  • 1 SmartCentres Rimouski, 415 Montée Industrielle-et-Commerciale, Rimouski. A shopping mall with Best Buy, supermarket, Winners, furniture store, gas station and other stores.





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  Mont-JoliGaspé

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