Rivière-du-Loup is at the junction of Autoroute 20 and Autoroute 85/Highway 185 and is the point where the Trans-Canada Highway turns south into the Atlantic Provinces. It was formerly a rail crossroads; later, Via Rail trains from Montréal continued through Rivière-du-Loup and Rimouski to Matapédia before either entering New Brunswick ("Ocean") or continuing east to Gaspé ("Chaleur", service interrupted in 2013).
It is 200 km northeast of Quebec City (about two hours drive).
- Traverse Rivière-du-Loup Saint-Siméon, 199, rue Hayward, Rivière-du-Loup, ☎ +1 418-862-5094. 100-car seasonal (Easter to New Year's) ferry to north shore of St. Lawrence River, with lunch counter. On-board restaurant in high season only. Crossing time 65 minutes, runs 2-4 times daily depending on season. $17.30/person + $43.70/vehicle.
The city offers a number of outdoor recreation opportunities such as hiking, cycling and whale watching.
- Auberge Internationale de Rivière-du-Loup, 46, rue Hôtel-de-ville, ☎ +1 418 862-7566. Hostel affiliated with Hostelling International. Will arrange trips to some local parks. $24 (dorm), $56 (double room), $76 (family room). HI members receive $4 discount.
- Tadoussac and Saint-Siméon on the north shore are reachable by ferry.
- The Atlantic Ocean is within reach via New Brunswick or from Québec's Gaspé Peninsula
|Routes through Rivière-du-Loup|
|Lévis ← Montmagny ←||W E||→ Trois-Pistoles → Rimouski|
|Lévis ← Montmagny ←||W E||→ merges onto → Trois-Pistoles → Rimouski|
|ENDS ←||N S||→ becomes → Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! → Edmundston|