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The Bas-Saint-Laurent (Lower Saint-Lawrence) region is located along the south shore of the lower Saint Lawrence River in Quebec. The river widens at this place, later becoming a bay which discharges into the Atlantic Ocean and is often nicknamed "Bas-du-Fleuve" (Lower-River). The region is formed by 8 regional county municipalities and 114 municipalities.

Administrative region
Coordinates: 48°20′N 68°40′W / 48.333°N 68.667°W / 48.333; -68.667Coordinates: 48°20′N 68°40′W / 48.333°N 68.667°W / 48.333; -68.667
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Regional County Municipalities (RCM) and Equivalent Territories (ET)
 • Regional conference of elected officersMichel Lagacé (President)
 • Land22,234.10 km2 (8,584.63 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total199,977
 • Density9.0/km2 (23/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal codeG
Area code418, 581
Map of Bas-Saint-Laurent with regional counties

It has a population of 199,977[1] and a land area of 22,234.10 km2.

Its geography is marked by the Saint Lawrence River to the northwest, the Notre Dame Mountains section of the Appalachians, as well as the Matapédia and Témiscouata valleys, which form the natural communication corridors with the Gaspé Peninsula, Maine, and the Maritimes.



Inside the RCMs are important cities including:[2]

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See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "(Code 2415) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012.
  2. ^ Geographic code 01 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)

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