Rivière-du-Loup

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Rivière-du-Loup
City
Rivière-du-Loup at sunset
Rivière-du-Loup at sunset
Flag of Rivière-du-Loup
Flag
Location within Rivière-du-Loup RCM.
Location within Rivière-du-Loup RCM.
Rivière-du-Loup is located in Eastern Quebec
Rivière-du-Loup
Rivière-du-Loup
Location in eastern Quebec.
Coordinates: 47°50′N 69°32′W / 47.833°N 69.533°W / 47.833; -69.533Coordinates: 47°50′N 69°32′W / 47.833°N 69.533°W / 47.833; -69.533[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Bas-Saint-Laurent
RCM Rivière-du-Loup
Settled 1850 as Fraserville
Constituted December 30, 1998
Government[2]
 • Mayor Gaétan Gamache
 • Federal riding Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup
 • Prov. riding Rivière-du-Loup–Témiscouata
Area[2][3]
 • City 138.40 km2 (53.44 sq mi)
 • Land 84.23 km2 (32.52 sq mi)
 • Urban[4] 17.77 km2 (6.86 sq mi)
 • Metro[5] 472.91 km2 (182.59 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • City 19,447
 • Density 230.9/km2 (598/sq mi)
 • Urban[4] 17,086
 • Urban density 961.3/km2 (2,490/sq mi)
 • Metro[5] 27,734
 • Metro density 58.6/km2 (152/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 4.6%
 • Dwellings 9,537
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) G5R
Area code(s) 418 and 581
Highways
A-20 (TCH)
A-85 (TCH)

Route 132
Route 191
Route 291
Website www.ville.riviere-du-loup.qc.ca

Rivière-du-Loup (2011 population 19,447) 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 and the judicial district of Kamouraska.[6]

History[edit]

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 English settler Alexandre Fraser, in 1850, and became a city in 1910. The city reverted to its original name, Rivière-du-Loup, in 1919.

Between 1850 and 1919, the city saw large increases in its anglophone population. Most of them left the region by the 1950s. 1% of the population still speaks English as its first language.

The city is known for its spectacular sunsets.[citation needed]

Transportation[edit]

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 (fleuve St Laurent) 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.

Media[edit]

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

Television[edit]

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, viewers in the lower, western portions of the city frequently experience signal dropout. This makes it all but impossible for a television station to serve the entire area with a single transmitter. Accordingly, each station in the city has both a primary transmitter and a "nested" low-power rebroadcaster to serve viewers in the western part of the city 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.

Rivière-du-Loup is a mandatory market for digital television conversion; Télé Inter-Rives converted all of its transmitters to digital.

Unlike most cities in Quebec, Rivière-du-Loup has no local Télé-Québec outlet, though Rimouski's CIVB-DT is available on the Vidéotron system in Rivière-du-Loup.

Radio[edit]

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


People[edit]

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

People born there include:

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