The name Kamouraska comes from the Algonquin word "akamaraska" meaning "there are rushes by the water".
Named after its largest lake, Témiscouata means "deep lake" in the Maliseet language (Wolastoqey).
The loups marins meaning “sea wolves” in French (popular name for the earless seals) that used to stop at the river mouth are said to be the origin of the name.
The name evokes the Basque sailors who came to fish and hunt whales in the St. Lawrence in the early 17th century.
The word Rimouski originates from an indigenous word meaning "land of the moose", while Neigette refers to the name of the river that crosses the Haut-Pays (high-country).
The name is a deformation of the Micmac word mitisk which means "birch" or "aspen" in reference to the many trees of these two species present on the banks of the Mitis River.
Matapedia comes from a Micmac word, matapediag, which means "meeting of the waters" or "confluence" in reference to the magnificent rivers that meet in this valley.
Named after its centre city, Matane, whose name comes from the Micmac word mtctan (mactan) meaning "beaver pond".
A region named after one of the largest rivers in the world. A vast territory of rivers and lakes, mountains, forests and fertile lands. Maritime connections to Charlevoix and Côte-Nord regions. A point of junction between Quebec City to the west and Gaspésie to the east. A crossroads by road and rail to Maine and New Brunswick.
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From the River to the Sea
Have you ever heard of the Bas-du-Fleuve? It's another way of naming the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. Both names refer to the difference in elevation of the river between its source, Lake Ontario, and its destination, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean. That's why in French we say that we go “down to the Bas-du-Fleuve” or we go “up to Montreal”!
In fact, our region is not situated along the river, but rather along the St. Lawrence Estuary. The estuary is a transitional area where the fresh water of the river meets the salt water of the ocean. This results in the presence of tides. And the further east you go, the wider the distance between the two shores becomes, to the point where the water and the sky merge on the horizon. This immensity explains why many Lower Laurentians call the St. Lawrence the sea!