The spectacular scenery of Highway 132 on the south coast of the St. Lawrence River will lead you to Rimouski, one of the larger cities leading into the Gaspe Peninsula. When you get to Rimouski, the best place to start is the information center along the main boulevard. The friendly staff there will be able to give you information on all of the different attractions within the city. The information center also does free walking tours Thursday through Sunday twice daily, which can give you information about the local history of the place, the fire that destroyed much of the city, and some of the remaining historical buildings. Most of the plaques scattered throughout the city are in French, so if you don't have a good grasp on French language, doing the walking tour is best, as the guide will be able to offer information in English.
Some of the most impressive sights in Rimouski are the galleries and museums, of which there are an abundance. There is also a theatre here with play performances and musical acts occurring regularly. One of the other famous attractions here is the Empress of Ireland, which sunk out of Rimouski just prior to World War I. It is considered the second-worst tragedy in maritime history, behind the Titanic, with more than a thousand people losing their lives in the fourteen minutes it took the ship to sink.
For those into more of the nature side of things, a day trip to the Parc du Bic just west of Rimouski is a must. The spectacular coastline and wildlife are waiting to be explored with an abundance of easy walking tracks, seminars on the local fauna, and beaches for relaxing
Hostels in Rimouski are fairly central. Given the length of the town and vast area that it covers, it is best to ask at your Rimouski hostel where the best and closest places to buy food and other supplies is. It is much easier to get around with a car, but if you need public transport, ask about that at your Rimouski hostel as well.
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