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Beaurivage River
Rivière Beaurivage, Saint-Étienne-de-Lauzon.jpg
The river in Saint-Étienne-de-Lauzon
Beaurivage River is located in Quebec
Beaurivage River
Native name Rivière Beaurivage
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Administrative region Chaudière-Appalaches
RCM Robert-Cliche Regional County Municipality, La Nouvelle-Beauce Regional County Municipality, Lotbinière Regional County Municipality, Lévis (a city).
Physical characteristics
Main source Lake Beaurivage
538 metres (1,765 ft)
River mouth Chaudière River
70 metres (230 ft)
Length 65 kilometres (40 mi)
Basin features
Progression Chaudière River, St. Lawrence
Basin size 750 kilometres (466.03 mi)
  • Left:
    (upstream) Le Canal, ruisseau Brise-Fer, Noire River, rivière aux Pins, cours d'eau Lafleur, ruisseau Fraser, ruisseau Gagné, ruisseau Goulet, ruisseau Martin, ruisseau Roger, Filkars River, Bras des Chutes, ruisseau Saint-Jean, cours d'eau Laplante, ruisseau Fermanagh, ruisseau ?, ruisseau du Troisième Rang (décharge du lac Pelchat).
  • Right:
    (upstream) ruisseau Boucher, ruisseau Dubois, ruisseau Béland, Cugnet River, Bras d'Henri, décharge de cinq petits lacs, ruisseau Belfast Ouest, ruisseau ?, cours d'eau des Aulnaies, ruisseau ?, décharge de deux petits lacs.

The Beaurivage River is a tributary of the Chaudière River which in turn flows into the St. Lawrence River.

The Beaurivage river crosses the Quebec municipalities (in Canada) of:

  • MRC Robert-Cliche Regional County Municipality: municipality of Saint-Séverin;
  • MRC La Nouvelle-Beauce Regional County Municipality: municipality of Saint-Elzéar;
  • MRC of Lotbinière Regional County Municipality: municipalities of Saint-Sylvestre, Saint-Patrice-de-Beaurivage and Saint-Gilles;
  • Lévis, a city.

The Beaurivage River is a river in Quebec that flows from Thetford Mines and empties in the Chaudière River, near Saint-Romuald, Quebec. It is a body of water mostly known for its annual canoe race beginning at Saint-Patrice-de-Beaurivage, Quebec and finishing at Saint-Gilles, Quebec.

The Beaurivage River is the unofficial symbol of Saint-Gilles, declaring themselves: "Capital of the Beaurivage." The river floods every year, due to the receding ices that melt during the spring. Usually, the town of Saint-Étienne is the most affected by the floods, causing road closures. No major incident has ever been reported.

The river has not been affected by the blue algae disease that hit Quebec in the summer of 2007, but is polluted due to the poor quality of irrigation in the surrounding towns.


The main neighboring watersheds of the Beaurivage river are:

The Beaurivage river is a river of Quebec, whose sources begin on the heights which crown the township of Broughton, (MRC Les Appalaches Regional County Municipality), in the part East of the municipality of Saint-Sylvestre, almost at the limit of Saint-Séverin. This head area is located east of Mont Hankerchief, south-east of Mont Sainte-Marguerite, south of Mont Saint-André and west of the village of Saint-Séverin.

Its course crosses several marshy sectors and draws many meanders. It receives the Bras d'Henri at the height of Saint-Gilles, then makes a bend in an easterly direction, which allows it to water Saint-Étienne-de-Lauzon and join the Chaudière River a few kilometers before the falls, near Saint-Rédempteur.

About 65 kilometres (40 mi) long, the Beaurivage drains a basin of some 750 kilometres (466.03 mi).


The name of the river and its use merge with that of the seigneury of Saint-Gilles or of Beaurivage granted in 1738 to Gilles Rageot, sieur de Beaurivage. Several parishes and municipalities have retained, officially or in custom, the name of the river in their designation: Saint-Séverin, Saint-Gilles-de-Beaurivage, Saint-Patrice-de-Beaurivage, Saint-Narcisse-de-Beaurivage, Saint-Sylvestre-de-Beaurivage.

The toponym Rivière Beaurivage was formalized on December 5, 1968 at the Commission de toponymie du Québec.

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