St-Rene-de-Matane, founded in 1942, has a population of around 1100. It’s located in the Bas-St-Laurent Region. The Matane River, well known for salmon fishing, crosses the village.
The Matane River is considered as a "school river", with many pits that are easy to reach, nearly all of them reachable by the 195 road. The village has two covered bridges, entirely restored.
The Algonquin word "Matane" means shipwreck and not beaver's breeding ground as believed. The area is main commercial centre of the Coast. If you take Highway 195 along Matane River, you’ll get to Matane's Natural Reserve, where you will find Mount Blanc (945-m altitude), source of the Matane River.
There are also some other rivers meeting in St-Rene-de-Matane: Petite Rivière Matane and Gagnon Brook. Vacationers can enjoy their favorite activity, fishing, hunting or hiking, in breathtaking scenery. In the short distance between Matane and Saint-Rene-de-Matane, there are three patrimonial covered bridges.