Rimouski

The city of Rimouski is located in the central part of Lower St. Laurence (Bas-Saint-Laurent) region: on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River and at the mouth of the Rimouski River.

Home to about 43 000 people, the town has become a major industrial and social center for the region and for Rimouski-Neigette county. Rimouski is the regional educational center, too, housing University of Quebec in Rimouski and of College of Rimouski. Rimouski was founded in 1696, and its oldest surviving house dates back to 1744: the Lamontagne house, one of the oldest half-timbered houses in Quebec. In 1950, Rimouski suffered the biggest fire in its long history.

About 320 estates were burned to the ground during the terrible Red Night (the name given to the event by the locals). Fortunately, no one died in the blaze. The city is subdivided in ten districts: Sacre-Cœur, Nazareth, St-Germain, Rimouski-Est, Pointe-au-Pere, St-Odile-sur-Rimouski, St-Robert, Terrasses Arthur-Buies, St-Pie-X, and St-Blandine/Mont-Lebel.

Each year, Rimouski hosts a jazz festival, the Rimouski International Festival of Jazz, and a children’s film festival. The city has a several interesting museums.

One of them is the Museum of the Sea with expositions mostly dedicated to Empress of Ireland disaster of 1914, the most fatal shipwreck after the Titanic tragedy. Rimouski hosts the oldest book show in Quebec – the Book Show of Rimouski.

The city is also home to Rimouski Oceanic Team of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

old churche of Rimouski

The first church of Rimouski, built in 1823, an old postcard

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