Countless maritime landscapes, forests and fields paint the region’s portrait in a perfect blend of seashore, bays and inlets, proudly showcasing the innate beauty of the land.
From Kamouraska to Sainte-Luce by way of Témiscouata, both active and contemplative types will find something to their liking. Bordering the south shore of the river’s estuary, the region extends from La Pocatière, to the southwest, up to Les Méchins to the north. Going southward, it ranges down to the border of New Brunswick and the State of Maine. The Lower St. Lawrence is divided into 114 municipalities divided among eight regional county municipalities (RCMs). They are the Kamouraska RCM, the Témiscouata RCM, the Rivière-du-Loup, RCM, the Basques RCM, the Rimouski-Neigette RCM, the Mitis RCM, the Matapédia RCM and the Matanie RCM. There are also two native reserves: Cacouna and Whitworth.
People who live in this region call the St. Lawrence estuary a “sea,” which may be justified in that it is expansive enough to have tides and salt water, and it plays a determining role in all of the region’s economic activities. The population is concentrated mostly in the towns of Rimouski, Rivière-du-Loup, Matane, Mont-Joli and Amqui, which gives inhabitants a ready choice between village or country life.
Visitors to the Lower St. Lawrence will be impressed year-round by its villages, islands, national parks, marine mammals and the sheer variety of outdoor activities available. There are three lighthouses in the area which are not to be missed: the one on the Pot à L’Eau-de-vie archipelago (Brandypot Islands) off Rivière-du-Loup, the Île Verte lighthouse on the island of the same name, and the Pointe-au-Père lighthouse in Rimouski.
Everywhere in the region, the local culture is a welcoming one, accessible to anyone. This is attested by the rates charged in concert halls, despite leading-edge technology, and the diverse programming of activities, exhibitions and symposiums, among other attributes. The region is rife with heritage sites like the Canadian National Railways Station at Amqui, the haunted house in Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, the rectory at Saint-Jérôme-de-Matane, or even the Marcheterre barn/stable in a corner of Métis-sur-Mer.
Living in the Lower St. Lawrence full time is your passport to the pure marine air that brings a blush to the cheeks of newcomers as they bask in the glow of a seasonally changing horizon. Hiking enthusiasts know that the Bic national park is where you can see the world’s most stunning sunsets, that Lake Témiscouata national park is the place to admire the lake of the same name, easily the most majestic in the region, and that one of the world’s best whale-watching spots is the Saguenay–Saint-Laurent marine park.
Have a look. Could the life you’ve always dreamt of be waiting for you in the Lower St. Lawrence?