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Rimouski is the last city you arrive at in Bas-Saint Laurent before entering the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region. Just before we got to the city we stopped at Bic National Park to picnic and to enjoy the picture-postcard scenery.
Rimouski was just a short stop on our trip to Canada and the time we spent there didn't feel long enough to me. We went cycling along the banks of the Saint Laurence River, where you really get close to nature; though watch out for mosquitoes in summer. We stopped off at the Le Bien, Le Malt bar, where our female couchsurfer was working. The bar has its own microbrewery and serves a range of craft beers to suit every taste and food made from local products.
Rimouski is one of the cities from where you can reach the northern bank of the Saint Lawrence, specifically the town of Forestville. We made the trip across on the ferry (no need to book ahead if you're a foot passenger: tickets can be purchased onboard). With the weather conditions perfect, we were lucky enough to get the opportunity to see whales – including beluga – and seals when making the crossing between Rimouski and Forestville.
Rimouskidoesn't have a lot going for it, in my opinion. This big industrial city lives mainly from the forestry trade and, in my opinion, is not a very interesting place for tourists travelling in Canada.
The surroundings of Rimouski are much more exciting, with natural delights to visit which can be explored by car along the forest trails that run through them.
The Ile de Saint-Barnabé, which faces the city, is a great place to explore. Don't miss the Canyon des Portes de l'Enfer (canyon of the gates of hell), an impressive waterfall located thirty kilometres from the city.