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Originally known for its unique costal landscapes, its sunsets, its ever-present Saint-Lawrence river dotted by lighthouses and islands, its majestic lakes, its outdoor activities, its national parks… Bas-Saint-Laurent has a long tradition of hospitality. Since the 19th century, people have been coming here in droves to “take the waters” in the summer and inhale the invigorating salt air. You will enjoy traveling the roads of the coast and the high country that wind through bucolic villages and lively cities. You will meet lovely people along the way: folks whose families have been here for generations as well as newcomers who have chosen the region to grow and make a new start. But above all else, Bas-Saint-Laurent is the World Good Life Reserve.

  • Size: 22,186 km2
  • Main cities: Rimouski (48,959 inhabitants), Rivière-du-loup (19,653 inhabitants), Matane (14,236 inhabitants), Mont-Joli (6,437 inhabitants), Amqui (6,151 inhabitants), La Pocatière (4,266 inhabitants)

For more information: Tourisme Bas-Saint-Laurent

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  • Agriculture, fisheries and food industry: animal production, food and marine product processing, maple sugaring
  • Manufacturing sector: food and beverage, industrial metal and wood products manufacturing
  • Service sector:  public and semi-public services, communications and new information technology
  • Marine sector: teaching, research and transportation jobs
  • Innovation, research and development: eco construction; marine resources, science and technology; peat moss and agro-environmental technology development

For more information on the economy: Services Québec


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