Massawippi River

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Massawippi River
Native name Rivière Massawippi
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Region Estrie
Basin
Main source Lake Massawippi
180 metres (590 ft)
River mouth Saint-François River
170 metres (560 ft)
River system Saint Lawrence River
Physical characteristics
Length 20 kilometres (12 mi)

The Massawippi River is a river in the Estrie region of Quebec, Canada. It is a tributary of the Saint Lawrence River.

Toponomy[edit]

The hamlet of Massawippi was founded in 1800 by Loyalists. The name Massawippi could come from the Algonquin term nasawipi which means "between the waters". (Nasaw for between or middle and nipi for water.) The term could also come from Abenaki and mean "much clear water." Although the two versions may exist, several places in the area are named by the words used by the Abenaki such as Magog, Lake Memphremagog, Coaticook and Mégantic.[1]

Geography[edit]

The Massawippi River has its origins in Lake Massawippi and flows north into the Saint François River in the Lennoxville borough of Sherbrooke.

Tourism[edit]

An old railway track transformed into a bike path runs along the Massawippi River. The bike path is part of the Route Verte.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lac Massawippi". Commission de toponymie Québec. 2012-05-07. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 

Coordinates: 45°22′05″N 71°51′03″W / 45.3681°N 71.8508°W / 45.3681; -71.8508