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Rivière-du-Loup at sunset

Rivière-du-Loup is located in Quebec
Location in Quebec, Canada
Coordinates: 47°50′N 69°32′W / 47.833°N 69.533°W / 47.833; -69.533
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Bas-Saint-Laurent
Settled 1850 as Fraserville
Incorporated 1919 as Rivière-du-Loup
 - Type Ville
 - Mayor Michel Morin
Area [1]
 - Land 84.23 km2 (32.5 sq mi)
 - Metro 409.56 km2 (158.1 sq mi)
Population (2006)[2]
 - City 18,586
 - Density 220.7/km2 (571.6/sq mi)
 - Metro 24,570
 - Metro Density 60.0/km2 (155.4/sq mi)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 418
Website Official city site
For the electoral district, see Rivière-du-Loup (electoral district)

Rivière-du-Loup (2006 population 18,586) is a small city on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec. The city is the seat for the Rivière-du-Loup Regional County Municipality.



The city was named after the nearby river, whose name means Wolf's River in French. This name may have come from a native tribe known as "Les Loups" or from the many seals, known in French as loup-marin (sea wolves), once found at the river's mouth.

Rivière-du-Loup was originally established in 1673 as the seigneurie of Sieur Charles-Aubert de la Chesnaye. The community was incorporated as the village of Fraserville, in honour of early settler Alexandre Fraser, in 1850, and became a city in 1910. The city reverted to its original name, Rivière-du-Loup, in 1919.

The city is known for its spectacular sunsets.


Rivière-du-Loup is a traditional stopping point between Quebec City, the Maritimes and the Gaspé Peninsula. The Trans-Canada Highway turns south here, transferring from Autoroute 20 to Autoroute 85 and continuing southerly to Edmundston, New Brunswick.

There is a ferry which crosses the river to Saint-Siméon on the north shore.

The city is also served by the Rivière-du-Loup Airport (IATA airport code YRI). The town can also be reached by VIA Rail.

A panorama of Rivière-du-Loup's skyline.


Rue LaFontaine is an important commercial street in Rivière-du-Loup.


Rivière-du-Loup is an unusual television market, as each of its stations has two transmitters in the city. As a result of the region's hilly geography, it is virtually impossible for a television station to serve the entire area with a single transmitter, as parts of the broadcast area experience signal dropout. Accordingly, each station in the city has both a primary transmitter and a low-power rebroadcaster to serve viewers who cannot receive the primary signal.

Additionally, the city is served by Canada's only triple-stick operation, in which all three of its licensed stations are owned by the same company, Télé Inter-Rives.

Unlike most cities in Quebec, Rivière-du-Loup has no local Télé-Québec outlet, nor a repeater of CBMT, Montreal's CBC Television station, though these channels are available on the Vidéotron system in Rivière-du-Loup.



Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister, had a summer home in Rivière-du-Loup.

People born there include:


  1. ^ Statistics Canada (but Ministère des Affaires Municipales et Régions shows an area of 83.39 km2)
  2. ^ Statistics Canada 2006 Census

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Coordinates: 47°50′N 69°32′W / 47.833°N 69.533°W / 47.833; -69.533


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