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.
|Regional County Municipalities (RCM) and Equivalent Territories (ET)|
|• Regional conference of elected officers||Michel Lagacé (President)|
|• Land||22,234.10 km2 (8,584.63 sq mi)|
|• Density||9.0/km2 (23/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Area code||418, 581|
It has a population of 199,977 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.
- Regional County Municipalities (RCM)
- Indian Reserves
Inside the RCMs are important cities including:
- Commission scolaire du Fleuve-et-des-Lacs (Les Basques and Témiscouata).
- Commission scolaire de Kamouraska - Rivière-du-Loup
- Commission scolaire des Monts-et-Marées (La Matapédia and Matane).
- Commission scolaire des Phares (La Mitis and Rimouski-Neigette).