Rimouski
City
Skyline of Rimouski with the St. Lawrence River in the background
Skyline of Rimouski with the St. Lawrence River in the background
Official seal of Rimouski
Seal
Coat of arms of Rimouski
Coat of arms
Motto: Legi patrum fidelis (Fidèles à la loi de nos pères)
Location within Rimouski-Neigette RCM
Location within Rimouski-Neigette RCM
Location in eastern Quebec
Coordinates:
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Bas-Saint-Laurent
RCM Rimouski-Neigette
Constituted January 1, 2002
Government
 • Mayor Marc Parent
 • Federal riding Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques
 • Prov. riding Rimouski
Area
 • City 529.50 km2 (204.44 sq mi)
 • Land 339.84 km2 (131.21 sq mi)
 • Urban 40.82 km2 (15.76 sq mi)
 • Metro 631.22 km2 (243.72 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • City 46,860
 • Density 137.9/km2 (357/sq mi)
 • Urban 37,664
 • Urban density 922.6/km2 (2,390/sq mi)
 • Metro 50,912 (62nd)
 • Metro density 80.7/km2 (209/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 3.7%
 • Dwellings 22,703
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) G5L to G5N
Area code(s) 418 and 581
Highways
A-20

Route 132
Route 232
Geocode 24 10043
People Rimouskois, Rimouskoises
Website www.ville.rimouski.qc.ca

Rimouski is a Canadian city located in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region of Quebec at the mouth of the Rimouski River. It has a population of 46,860 (as of 2011) and many tourist, cultural and industrial attractions.

Rimouski is the site of Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), the Cégep de Rimouski (which includes the Institut maritime du Québec) and the Music Conservatory. It is also the home of some ocean sciences research centres (see below).

History

The city was founded by Sir René Lepage de Ste-Claire in 1696. Originally from Ouanne in the Burgundy region, he exchanged property he owned on the Île d'Orléans with Augustin Rouer de la Cardonnière for the Seigneurie of Rimouski, which extended along the St. Lawrence River from the Hâtée River at Le Bic to the Métis River. De la Cardonnière had been the owner of Rimouski since 1688, but had never lived there. René Lepage moved his family to Rimouski, where it held the seigneurie until 1790, when it was sold to the Quebec City businessman Joseph Drapeau.

Maison Lamontagne
"Maison Lamontagne"

The "Maison Lamontagne" was built in 1750 per Marie-Agnès Lepage, granddaughter of René Lepage de Ste-Claire. It carries now the surname of the family that resided at it in 1844. It is one of the oldest half-timbered houses in Quebec and is within what is now called the District of Rimouski-Est.

Today, a boulevard, park and monument at the western entrance of Rimouski bear the name of René Lepage.

The "Red Night"

On May 6, 1950 Rimouski suffered a severe fire, in which 319 houses burned to the ground. This event is known as La nuit rouge (French for Red Night). The fire originated in the Price Brothers Company yard on the left shore of the Rimouski River and quickly crossed the river and spread throughout the city pushed by strong winds, destroying half of the city. No one died in the blaze. Legend has it that a priest sprinkled holy water around the city's cathedral and that the fire would not cross the line.

Climate

Rimouski has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb) with cold, snowy winters and warm summers.

Climate data for Rimouski (1981−2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 14.5
(58.1)
12.5
(54.5)
21.1
(70)
29.0
(84.2)
32.8
(91)
35.0
(95)
36.0
(96.8)
33.9
(93)
33.0
(91.4)
26.5
(79.7)
21.5
(70.7)
15.0
(59)
36.0
(96.8)
Average high °C (°F) −7.4
(18.7)
−5.3
(22.5)
0.0
(32)
7.3
(45.1)
14.8
(58.6)
20.6
(69.1)
23.3
(73.9)
22.1
(71.8)
17.2
(63)
10.0
(50)
3.2
(37.8)
-3.3
(26.1)
8.5
(47.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) -11.4
(11.5)
-9.4
(15.1)
-4.1
(24.6)
3.3
(37.9)
9.9
(49.8)
15.4
(59.7)
18.3
(64.9)
17.3
(63.1)
12.9
(55.2)
6.6
(43.9)
0.3
(32.5)
-6.7
(19.9)
4.4
(39.9)
Average low °C (°F) −15.4
(4.3)
−13.5
(7.7)
−8.1
(17.4)
-0.8
(30.6)
4.9
(40.8)
10.2
(50.4)
13.3
(55.9)
12.6
(54.7)
8.5
(47.3)
3.1
(37.6)
−2.6
(27.3)
−10.0
(14)
0.2
(32.4)
Record low °C (°F) −33.0
(-27)
−32.0
(-26)
−25.5
(-13.9)
−22.0
(-8)
−7.2
(19)
0.0
(32)
3.0
(37.4)
0.0
(32)
−1.1
(30)
−7.8
(18)
−16.5
(2.3)
−30.6
(-23.1)
−33.0
(-27)
Precipitation mm (inches) 71.1
(2.799)
64.7
(2.547)
60.4
(2.378)
65.4
(2.575)
84.8
(3.339)
84.9
(3.343)
91.3
(3.594)
85.5
(3.366)
87.9
(3.461)
91.5
(3.602)
83.5
(3.287)
87.6
(3.449)
958.5
(37.736)
Rainfall mm (inches) 8.0
(0.315)
8.2
(0.323)
14.6
(0.575)
50.8
(2)
83.5
(3.287)
84.9
(3.343)
91.3
(3.594)
85.5
(3.366)
87.9
(3.461)
89.7
(3.531)
56.7
(2.232)
25.4
(1)
686.5
(27.028)
Snowfall cm (inches) 63.1
(24.84)
56.4
(22.2)
45.8
(18.03)
16.1
(6.34)
1.3
(0.51)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
1.8
(0.71)
26.8
(10.55)
62.2
(24.49)
273.5
(107.68)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 15.1 12.3 11.5 12.7 14.4 14.6 15.3 13.8 14.2 15.4 13.3 14.2 166.7
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 1.4 1.6 3.4 10.1 14.3 14.6 15.3 13.8 14.2 15.3 8.6 3.0 115.6
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 14.2 11.2 8.4 3.4 0.46 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.43 6.0 11.9 56.0
Sunshine hours 52.8 89.3 134.3 155.4 192.2 217.2 231.5 221.1 157.7 95.8 55.3 51.9 1,654.5
Source: Environment Canada

Municipal council

The city is divided into 11 districts. Six of those districts (Pointe-au-Père, Sainte-Blandine, Rimouski-Est, Sainte-Odile-sur-Rimouski and Le Bic) were small communities but were merged within Rimouski in 2002, except for Le Bic, which was merged in 2009. The municipal council is composed of the mayor and eleven councillors, each one representing a district. The municipality is not twinned with any other.

mandate fonctions name(s)
2009–2013 Mayor Éric Forest
Districts
#1 Sacré-Coeur Marc St-Laurent
#2 Nazareth Rodrigue Joncas
#3 Saint-Germain Jennifer Murray
#4 Rimouski-Est Denise Banville
#5 Pointe-au-Père Raymond-Marie Murray
#6 Sainte-Odile Donald Bélanger
#7 Saint-Robert Christian Tremblay
#8 Terrasse Arthur-Buies Jean-Yves Beaulieu
#9 Saint-Pie X Karol Francis
#10 Sainte-Blandine/Mont-Lebel Bernard Lepage
#11 Le Bic Claude Gauthier

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