Rimouski is a vibrant city with a rich maritime heritage, historic lighthouse, Oberon-class submarine and one of Canada's most infamous shipwrecks. Venture out of the city to explore offshore islands and one of Quebec's top national parks.
Things to do in Rimouski
Nature lovers will enjoy St-Barnabé Island, a 20-minute cruise from the Rimouski marina. The forested island is laced with scenic hiking trails, lush forests and pebbly beaches. Watch for seals splashing in the water and blue herons flying overhead.
The Musée de la Mer pays tribute to the Empress of Ireland, an ocean liner that sank to the bottom of the St Lawrence River after colliding with a cargo ship. Inside you can view artefacts, photos and other memorabilia. The Pointe au Père Lighthouse is part of the complex and commands sweeping views over the river.
At the well-curated Musée Régional de Rimouski you can admire contemporary art from across Canada. It's housed in one of Quebec's oldest stone churches and is filled with works from both established names and up-and-coming artists. After touring the museum, stroll through Jardins de Métis, a picturesque garden dotted with contemporary sculptures.
Set on the St Lawrence River, Bic National Park showcases Quebec's natural beauty. Ride the shuttle bus to the Pic-Champlain, a scenic lookout with panoramic views of the estuary. You can also explore forested hiking trails and learn about the park's natural ecosystem at the Ferme Rioux - Discovery and Visitors Centre.
Getting around Rimouski
Rimouski is easy to get around on foot, though a rental car is best for exploring the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. Buses will get you to Quebec City in four hours. Ferries run to the adjacent town of Forestville in roughly two hours.