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Rivière aux Rats
Rivière-aux-rats.jpg
The "rivière aux Rats" view from Rosaire-Gauthier park.
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Region Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
Regional County Municipality Le Fjord-du-Saguenay Regional County Municipality
City Saguenay
Physical characteristics
Main source Saguenay
River mouth Saguenay River
Saguenay
4 m (13 ft)
Length 3.72 km (2.31 mi)
Discharge
  • Location:
    Saguenay


The rivière aux Rats (from muskrat) is a watercourse crossing the borough Chicoutimi sector, at Saguenay (city) (Quebec, Canada). At 3.72 km (2.31 mi) in length, it is a minor tributary of the Saguenay River.

The surface of the Rivière aux Rats is usually frozen from the beginning of December to the end of March, however the safe circulation on the ice is generally done from mid-December to mid-March.

Description

The Rats river flows more or less in parallel between the Chicoutimi River (west side) and the rivière du Moulin (east side).

The Rivière aux Rats begins, in the south, near boulevard du Royaume (route 170), passes near Rosaire-Gauthier Park, under Jean-Béliveau Park and empties into Saguenay River at the height of the rue de l'Hotel-de-Ville.

This watercourse was, in part, channeled in 1929 under the Chicoutimi Downtown.

Chicoutimi, 14 septembre 1929
Chicoutimi, September 14, 1929,
Racine and Hôtel-de-Ville streets, canalization of the Rats River

In its southern part, a woodland protects its natural state. A 2.4 km (1.5 mi) trail, accessible all year round, has been built along the Rats River: the Muscat Rats Trail.

Toponymy

The toponym “Rivière aux Rats” was formalized on February 25, 1976, at the Place Names Bank of the Commission de toponymie du Québec.

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