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Rivière-du-Loup at sunset
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|Settled||1850 as Fraserville|
|Constituted||December 30, 1998|
|• City||138.40 km2 (53.44 sq mi)|
|• Land||83.74 km2 (32.33 sq mi)|
|• Urban||20.17 km2 (7.79 sq mi)|
|• Metro||543.02 km2 (209.66 sq mi)|
|• Density||240.2/km2 (622/sq mi)|
|• Urban density||945.8/km2 (2,450/sq mi)|
|• Metro density||55.3/km2 (143/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2016-2021||3.1%|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||418 and 581|
Rivière-du-Loup ( 2021 population 20,118) 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. Its one of the largest cities in Bas-Saint-Laurent.
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.
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 southwards to Edmundston, New Brunswick.
There is a ferry that crosses the river (fleuve St Laurent) to Saint-Siméon on the north shore.
Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister, had a summer home in Rivière-du-Loup.
People born there include:
- Danielle April, artist
- Joseph Jean Benoit, 31st Canadian Surgeon General
- Nicolas Dickner, writer
- Dr. John McLoughlin, known as "the father of Oregon"
- Louis-Philippe Picard, member of the House of Commons of Canada
- Maurice Arthur Pope, soldier and diplomat
- Allan Sirois, professional hockey player
- Alexandre-Antonin Taché, first Archbishop of Saint Boniface
In Spanish: Rivière-du-Loup para niños
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