The Bas-Saint-Laurent - Lower Saint-Lawrence region was created as an administrative region in 1982 and is located along the South shore of the Saint-Lawrence river. It’s delimited by the American border in the South and by the Gaspésie/Îles-de-la-Madeleine region in the East.
The region stretches from La Pocatière to Sainte-Luce-sur-Mer and Méchins and covers the area of 22 200 sq. km. of dry lands. Its population totals some 205 000 peoples almost all of whom are French-speaking. The economical development of the region is influenced by forest resources, agricultural potential and turf industry. Lumbering and pulp and paper industries offer the most of job opportunities in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region.
There are also some maritime jobs in the region such as in transport, professional education for future sailors and maritime research. An efficient network of roads, air and maritime ways provides the region with a rapid access to the big North-American and European markets.
The natives frequented these lands for more than 8 000 years and it seems that Basque sailors chased whales here since 1520. The Lower Saint-Lawrence shore shows Europeans’ presence since their voyages to America. Jacques Cartier, a French navigator, explores this shore during his second voyage in 1535-1536. Les récits de Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain’s reports contain the first descriptions of this territory. The annual personal income per capita exceeds 24 000 dollars.
The price of a single family residence reaches 90 000 dollars.