This museum documents the second worst disaster in maritime history. On May 28, 1914 the Empress of Ireland was struck by the Norweigan collier Storstad. Within 14 minutes the Empress of Ireland sank and 1,012 people lost their lives. The museum has a collection of artifacts from the wreck, eye witness accounts and many under water shots of the wreck. There is also a 3D projection presentation of the last voyage of the Empress of Ireland.
A stone church houses the Musee Regional de Rimouski. It gives a history of the town and costs only $4. Of particular interest is the church itself. On May 6, 1950, Rimouski was the scene of a terrible fire that burnt to the ground some 319 houses. This event is known as "La nuit rouge" (French for the red night). The fire originated in the Price Brothers Company yard on the left shore of the Rimouski River and quickly crossed the river and spread throughout the city pushed by strong winds, destroying half of the city. No one died in the blaze. Legend has it that a priest sprinkled holy water around the church and that the fire stopped right then and there.
It's a minorly interesting place. There are exhibitions about maritime transportation and lighthouses of the world. They have electronic navigation and engine room simulators, as well as a planetarium. See the centre of training in professional diving with its simulator of emergency escape for submariners. It's open only during the summer months from 10am-5pm.
225 Boulevard Rene Lepage East, Rimouski, G5L 1P2, Canada
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130 BELZILE AVENUE, Rimouski, QU G5L3E4
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455 Blvd St Germain Ouest
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455 Boul St W, Rimouski, QC G5L3P2
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155 Rene-lepage Blvd E, Rimouski, QC G5L1P2
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360 Montee Industrielle-Et-Commerciale, Rimouski, Canada
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307 Rue St-Germain E, Rimouski, G5L 1B8, Canada
Le Crepe Chignon is serving crepes as the name indicates. You can chose from the original crepes on the menu or make up your own from the list of ingredients.
Everything here is crepes, you can have a chicken filling or a vegetarian filling or who knows? All the main dishes comes with a side, there is one side per day and it changes everyday.
For dessert, they have fabulous dessert crepes, as with the main course you can choose from the menu or create your own crepe from the list of ingredients.
Don't miss their homemade juices, hmmm...
And while you eat you can read, there is a selection of books available on site, and it is child friendly too as they have toys and crayons.
For a main, dessert and drink it comes to around14$C
Favorite Dish: Crepes... what else? I love creating my own original crepe when I go. My favorite drink would be the Baladi.
WE stopped at the shopping center near the river and a lot of people on the bus got off to buy some bottles of wine to drink with their supper at our next and final stop (LEVIS) of a 7 day bus tour.
We stopped overnight at Rimouski on our way home from a 20 day holiday in Shediac New Brunswick ( see Moncton Page) We also visited Halifax Harbor. The picture shows Simonne and my sister Claudette and the famous ( CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY SHIP ) in the harbor. Female students have to win a contest to become a crew member and learn their school lessons and complete their high school year while sailing around the world. A full year trip.
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Rimouski is a good place to watch out over the St. Lawrence River. Many maritime mariners come from and/or get their training on merchant ships in Rimouski.
The St. Lawrence River with the five fresh-water inland Great Lakes, Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario, forms one of the great river systems of the world. The importance to North America of the St. Lawrence Riveras a trade route cannot be over-estimated. As a natural highway between all points west of the Maritime Provinces and Europe, it is unique in permitting ocean traffic to penetrate into the heart of the continent. On the other hand, the St Lawrence is not open throughout the year; the average tune between the arrival of the first vessel at Montreal from sea and the departure of the last ocean vessel is seven months.
The first European to navigate the St. Lawrence was Jacques Cartier, who on 9 June 1534 first sighted the river and also claimed New France for Francis I. Until the early 1600s, the French used the name Rivière du Canada to designate the Saint Lawrence upstream to Montreal and the Ottawa River after Montreal. The Saint Lawrence River served as the main route for exploration of the North American interior from Europe.
Rimouski is a major regional centre and is home of several institutions such as Université du Québec à Rimouski and CEGEP (Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel) de Rimouski.
You may notice that the CEGEP is a rather large structure with a cross on it. I would make you think that it was a church building. Well you're right. In 1964 Premier Jean Lesage introduced Bill 60. With Quebec society in the throes of the Quiet Revolution, the time was ripe for an overhaul of the church-dominated education system. The reforms were dramatic. Quebec instituted a series of reforms that created 55 Catholic and nine Protestant school boards out of a complicated patchwork of parish-based schools. With this reform came the provincial education ministry, and, in 1966, the CEGEP system. This building used to be a Church Parish as well.
Students in the university stream, finishing secondary school after Grade 11 (Secondary V, ages 16-17), attend CEGEP for two years; in consequence, Quebec universities offer bachelor's degree programs lasting three years instead of the usual four for students from outside Quebec. These students can choose from a variety of provincial government-established courses of study including both required courses and options.
Successful completion of a pre-university program at CEGEP results in the granting of a provincial government-issued diploma, the DEC (Diplôme d'études collégiales).
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