Rimouski - Marine Technocity

Located on the shores of the largest estuary in the world, the Saint Lawrence, Rimouski offers an exceptional natural setting, one conducive to the advancement of the marine sciences. During the last 25 years, the contributions of numerous researchers, their multidisciplinary expertise, the development of excellent facilities and the establishment of a broad variety of research laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art technology have all made Rimouski a stimulating, opportunity-filled environment, confirming its natural vocation. Indeed, the immediate metropolitan area has an exceptionally high concentration of researchers, distributed among four internationally recognized institutions : the Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski (ISMER, the marine sciences institute); the Marine Biotechnology Research (MBRC), considered one of the most versatile research centres in Quebec and Canada; the Institut maritime du Québec, the largest maritime training centre in Canada; and the Maurice-Lamontagne Institut , one of the principal marine science research centres in the world.

Technopole maritime du Québec

Rimouski — a reference point for tidal variations

The old tide gauge facility at the Pointe-au-Père wharf helped establish two vertical reference systems, namely the Canadian Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1928 (CGVD1928), also known by the popular name of Mean Water Level (MWL), and the International Great Lakes Datum of 1955 (IGLD 1955).

The new tide gauge station, located at the Rimouski wharf, is used to maintain the International Great Lakes Datum of 1985 (IGLD 1985) and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD88), used in the United States. It allows the measurement of variations in current tides and predictions of future tides. The instrument provides regular recordings over long periods and allows hydrographers to establish nautical charts that can be used in digital or printed form.

Rimouski’s tide gauge station has become the metronome that keeps the beat for proper orchestration not only of navigation on the Saint Lawrence, but also of land and air transportation throughout North America. A monument called the Gardien des altitudes (the Altitude Guardian) was erected near the Musée de la mer (now the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père) in Rimouski in 1999 by the Quebec chapter of the Canadian Association of Hydrography to commemorate and immortalize the important role the region plays in navigation.