Much more than a business and service centre…
Maritime sciences : Rimouski is proud of its status as a major maritime centre and the capital of applied research in maritime sciences. Surrounded by a natural laboratory and home to many research and teaching centres, the city welcomes numerous scientists every year, who come to complete or advance their education at one of these institutions (IMQ, IML, ISMER, GIROQ).
The port : Located just outside of the compulsory pilotage area, Rimouski’s commercial seaport has strategic importance as it opens to both the large European markets and the Canadian and American Great Lakes. Companies and organizations specializing in maritime technologies and applied research (Innovation Maritime) and in intermodal maritime transport (CFoRT) make the port of Rimouski a centre for the development of maritime transport and technology.
Entrepreneurship : Home to one of the most successful Carrefours de la nouvelle économie (CNE, new economy centres), the Rimouski region abounds with young and dynamic entrepreneurs who are enthusiastically developing the region’s high-tech industries, assuring that the city is fully engaged in the 21st century economy.
Influence : Playing a substantial role in the story — and the history — of Quebec, Rimouski has produced its share of important personages, particularly in politics, sports and journalism.
Culture : Cultural home to an entire region, Rimouski is home to the Orchestre symphonique de l’Estuaire (OSE, the regional symphony orchestra), le Conservatoire de musique du Québec (conservatory of music), le Musée régional (regional museum) and the Pointe-au-Père historical site, in addition to many art galleries. Together, the rich cultural life of the city and its maritime of the city and its maritime character, make Rimouski a jewel of tourism for the Lower Saint Lawrence region and all of Quebec.
… 285 km2 of agricultural and forested land
… 50 km2 of urban territory
… a $ 2.84 billion tax base
… 360 municipal employees
… 76 firefighters and 4 firehouses
… 60 km of bike trails
… 90 km of hiking paths
… about 1,000,000 m2 of residential land
… 2 industrial parks covering 2,000,000 m2
… 13 gymnasiums
… 3 skateboard park
… 30 playgrounds
… 2 indoor swimming pools
… 3 outdoor pools
… 6 indoor tennis courts
… 8 outdoor tennis courts
… 7 softball diamonds
… 3 baseball diamonds
… 16 soccer fields
… 5 cross-country skiing trails
… 3 arenas
… a sledding hill with lift
… 2 ice-skatting trail
… 10 outdoor skating rinks
… 4 librairies
… 12 community centres
A total land area of 335 km2, located 550 kilometres from Montreal, 310 kilometres from Quebec city and 110 kilometres from Rivière-du-Loup.
Access to the city is provided by Highways 132 and 232 and by Autoroute Jean-Lesage (Hwy 20). The ferry provides transportation for travelers on Highway 138 on the Côte-Nord.
The airport has a 1400 metre runway that can accommodate planes with a capacity of more than 50 passengers.
Total land area : 335 km2
Total area (including marine territory) : 532 km2
Forest cover : 168 km2
Cultivated land : 16 km2
Urban and conservation land : 60 km2