With a coastline carved with coves and bays, and an inland lush with green mountains and dotted with sparkling lakes and rivers, the Bas-Saint Laurent on the lower St. Lawrence River is one of the most enchanting regions in the Quebec Maritime. Over 206,000 people call the region’s 135 cities, towns and villages home, embodying a unique culture, infectious joie de vivre and a strong sense of community that make Bas-Saint Laurent a beautiful place to live.
The region, which stretches along the St. Lawrence Estuary, has been called the Bas-Saint-Laurent since the end of the 19th century. The region stretches 320 kilometres along the coastline and encompasses 135 cities, towns and villages grouped into eight regional county municipalities Kamouraska, Rivière-du-Loup, Témiscouata, Les Basques, Rimouski-Neigette, La Mitis, Matane and La Matapédia. Urban centres that offer services to the surrounding population are distributed throughout the region, with Rimouski the largest of these with a population of approximately 33,000.