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Gosselin River
Native name Rivière Gosselin
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Region Centre-du-Québec
MRC Nicolet-Yamaska Regional County Municipality
Municipality Victoriaville (sector Arthabaska), Saint-Norbert
Physical characteristics
Main source Mountains streams
Victoriaville (sector Arthabaska)
310 m (1,020 ft)
46°01′34″N 71°48′47″W / 46.02599°N 71.81305°W / 46.02599; -71.81305
River mouth Nicolet River
Victoriaville (sector Saint-Christophe-d'Arthabaska)
131 m (430 ft)
46°02′24″N 71°56′18″W / 46.04°N 71.93833°W / 46.04; -71.93833
Length 18.7 km (11.6 mi)
Basin features
  • Left:
    (upstream) Lachance River, ruisseau Houle
  • Right:
    (upstream) ruisseau Bernard, ruisseau Paris

The Gosselin River (in French: rivière Gosselin) is a tributary of Nicolet River passing through Saint-Norbert-d'Arthabaska, Saint-Christophe d'Arthabaska and Victoriaville, in the regional county municipality (MRC) of Arthabaska Regional County Municipality, in the administrative region of Centre-du-Québec, in Quebec, in Canada.

The Gosselin River sometimes flows in agricultural, forest and urban areas.


The neighboring watersheds of the Gosselin River are:

The Gosselin River takes its source from a small lake located to the east of the Arthabaska sector of the city of Victoriaville and to the east of Mont Saint-Michel.

From its head, the Gosselin river flows on 18.7 kilometres (11.6 mi) in the following segments:

  • 8.0 kilometres (5.0 mi) northward, to the confluence of Houle brook;
  • 6.7 kilometres (4.2 mi) southwesterly, to the confluence of the Lachance River;
  • 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) southwesterly, crossing the Arthabaska sector of the city of Victoriaville, to route 116;
  • 0.5 kilometres (0.31 mi) towards the southwest, until its confluence.

Note: The course of the Gosselin river completely bypasses Mont Saint-Michel on the north side.

The mouth of the Gosselin River flows onto the north shore of the Nicolet River. Its confluence is located in the south-central part of the city of Victoriaville, on the west side of route 116 and north of avenue Pie-X.


The toponym Rivière Gosselin was formalized on December 5, 1968 at the Place Names Bank of the Commission de toponymie du Québec.

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