The Bas-Saint-Laurent, a vast territory along the river, offers an impressive array of tourist attractions, especially due to its many national parks and wildlife reserves.
Some 30 celebrations and festivals, of local or international scope, mark the region’s yearly calendar. Festival-goers can discover the talent of artists from here and elsewhere at events such as the Festi Jazz international de Rimouski, the Concerts aux îles du Bic festival, and the Festival international de cinéma jeunesse de Rimouski (youth cinema).
The region abounds with businesses in the cultural sector and with heritage sites, such as the Île Verte Lighthouse, which is the oldest lighthouse on the Fleuve Saint-Laurent, the Canadian National Railway Station of Amqui, and the Maison hantée (haunted house) de Notre-Dame-des-Neiges.
The Bas du fleuve, as it is frequently called, is home to more than 500 organizations offering cultural products, presenting performances, and managing publishing houses or film and video production companies, and also features museums, artists’ centres, bookstores and public libraries.