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Rivière aux Canots
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Region Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
Regional County Municipality Lac-Saint-Jean-Est Regional County Municipality
Unorganized territory Belle-Rivière
Physical characteristics
Main source Lac Staffieri
435 m (1,427 ft)
48°02′29″N 71°47′14″E / 48.04129°N 71.78718°E / 48.04129; 71.78718
River mouth Métabetchouane River
330 m (1,080 ft)
48°09′44″N 71°52′45″E / 48.16222°N 71.87917°E / 48.16222; 71.87917
Length 27.3 km (17.0 mi)
Basin features
  • Left:
    (from the mouth) Discharge of lac Morainique, discharge of lac Hogue, discharge of lac des Massettes.
  • Right:
    (from the mouth) Discharge of lac Madore, discharge of Lac Sous-le-Vent, ruisseau Gendreau.

The rivière aux Canots is a tributary of the east bank of the Métabetchouane River, flowing in the unorganized territory of Belle-Rivière, in the Lac-Saint-Jean-Est Regional County Municipality, in the administrative region of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, in the province of Quebec, in Canada. The upper part of this river crosses the Laurentides Wildlife Reserve.

The surface of the Rivière aux Canots (except the rapids areas) is usually frozen from the end of November to the beginning of April, however the safe circulation on the ice is generally done from mid-December to the end of March.


The main watersheds neighboring the Rivière aux Canots are:

The Rivière aux Canots rises at the mouth of Lake Staffieri (length: 0.9 kilometres (0.56 mi); altitude: 435 metres (1,427 ft)) in the shape of a U due to almost island attached to the north shore and stretching 0.3 kilometres (0.19 mi) to the south.

From its source, the course of Rivière aux Canots descends on 27.3 kilometres (17.0 mi), with a drop of 105 metres (344 ft), according to the following segments:

  • 4.6 kilometres (2.9 mi) to the north by forming three hooks to the east, up to Gendreau stream (coming from the east);
  • 2.4 kilometres (1.5 mi) north-west, up to the outlet (coming from the south) of "Lac des Massettes";
  • 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi) north-west, then west, winding, then west, until the outlet (coming from the south) of lakes Hogue, Glun, Castagnet and Gingras ;
  • 2.9 kilometres (1.8 mi) towards the north by snaking to the outlet (coming from the north) of "Lac Sous-le-Vent";
  • 3.0 kilometres (1.9 mi) towards the northwest by first forming a hook towards the south, up to the outlet (coming from the south) of Morainique lake;
  • 8.9 kilometres (5.5 mi) towards the northwest by winding at the end of the segment, to its mouth, located on the east bank of the Métabetchouane River.

From the confluence of the Aux Canots river, the current descends the Métabetchouane River north on 38.3 kilometres (23.8 mi) to the south shore of lac Saint-Jean; from there, the current crosses the latter on 22.8 kilometres (14.2 mi) towards the northeast, then borrows the course of the Saguenay River via La Petite Décharge on 172.3 kilometres (107.1 mi) until Tadoussac where it merges with the Saint Lawrence estuary.


The toponym "Rivière aux Canots" is associated with the use of this watercraft and body of water

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


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