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Rivière-du-Loup at sunset
Rivière-du-Loup at sunset
Flag of Rivière-du-Loup
Location within Rivière-du-Loup RCM
Location within Rivière-du-Loup RCM
Rivière-du-Loup is located in Eastern Quebec
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
 • Mayor Gaétan Gamache
 • Federal riding Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup
 • Prov. riding Rivière-du-Loup–Témiscouata
 • 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
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]


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]


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

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.



Rivière-du-Loup is an unusual television market, as each of its stations has two transmitters in the city. The city's hilly terrain causes residents of the lower, western portions of the city to 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.

OTA virtual channel (PSIP) OTA actual channel Vidéotron Cable Call sign Network Notes
7.1 7 (VHF) 10 CKRT-DT Ici Radio-Canada Télé Maintains low-power rebroadcaster on VHF channel 13
9.1 9 (VHF) 4 CIMT-DT TVA Maintains low-power rebroadcaster on UHF channel 41
29.1 29 (UHF) 5 CFTF-DT V Maintains low-power rebroadcaster on VHF channel 11

Rivière-du-Loup is a mandatory market for digital television conversion; Télé Inter-Rives converted all of its transmitters to digital prior to the deadline of August 30, 2011.

Unlike most larger 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.


Panorama of Rivière-du-Loup's skyline

Notable 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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