Rivière-du-Loup facts

Rivière-du-Loup
City
Rivière-du-Loup at sunset
Rivière-du-Loup at sunset
Flag of Rivière-du-Loup
Flag
Location within Rivière-du-Loup RCM
Location within Rivière-du-Loup RCM
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Bas-Saint-Laurent
RCM Rivière-du-Loup
Settled 1850 as Fraserville
Constituted December 30, 1998
Government
 • Mayor Gaétan Gamache
 • Federal riding Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup
 • Prov. riding Rivière-du-Loup–Témiscouata
Area
 • City 138.40 km2 (53.44 sq mi)
 • Land 84.23 km2 (32.52 sq mi)
 • Urban 17.77 km2 (6.86 sq mi)
 • Metro 472.91 km2 (182.59 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • City 19,447
 • Density 230.9/km2 (598/sq mi)
 • Urban 17,086
 • Urban density 961.3/km2 (2,490/sq mi)
 • Metro 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
Highways
TCH
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.

History

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.

In fall of 1950 Rivière-du-Loup was the site of a nuclear accident. A USAF B-50 was returning a nuclear bomb to the USA. The bomb was released due to engine troubles, and then was destroyed in a non-nuclear detonation before it hit the ground. The explosion scattered nearly 100 pounds (45 kg) of uranium (U-238).

The city is known for its spectacular sunsets.

Transportation

Rue Lafontaine
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.


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