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Rivière-du-Loup at sunset
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Location within Rivière-du-Loup RCM
Rivière-du-Loup is located in Eastern Quebec
Location in Eastern Quebec
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Bas-Saint-Laurent
RCM Rivière-du-Loup
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)
 • City 20,118
 • Density 240.2/km2 (622/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Urban density 945.8/km2 (2,450/sq mi)
 • Metro
 • Metro density 55.3/km2 (143/sq mi)
 • Pop 2016-2021
Increase 3.1%
 • Dwellings
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s) 418 and 581
A-20 (TCH)
A-85 (TCH)

Route 132
Route 191
Route 291

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.


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 southwards to Edmundston, New Brunswick.

There is a ferry that 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 on the train named The Ocean, between Montreal and Halifax.

Notable people

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

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