Welcome to Rivière du Loup
Its curious name ('the Wolf River') refers either to seals (known in French as loups de mer, or sea wolves), an Amerindian group or a 17th-century French ship, but one thing is certain: Rivière du Loup is a town of some distinction. Its key position on the fur and postal routes between the Maritimes and the St Lawrence made it the main town in eastern Québec during the 19th century. Formerly an English-speaking community, it was planned according to the British model, with open spaces in front of grand buildings such as the Gothic silver-roofed St Patrice church. Having declined in the early 20th century, it's booming again, with an influx of urban runaways and graduates returning to their beautiful birthplace.