Rivière-du-Loup, Québec, Canada (Fraserville) (Riviere du Loup en Bas) (Saint-Patrice) - 1883 - Rivière-du-Loup
Rivière-du-Loup is noticed in the following terms by Mr. Beanmont Small in his Canadian Hand Book: 114 miles below Quebec is Rivière du Loup (en bas). This is another favourite summer resort for sea bathing and fishing. It is very prettily situated at the confluence of the Rivière du Loup with the St. Lawrence and contains a more general mixture of english, scotch and french than is usually found in the smaller towns of Lower Canada. It commands an extensive prospect of the St. Lawrence, which is here upwards of twenty miles wide; ships are constantly passing and repassing and when, from their great distance, with the mountains in the back ground, all these objects are enveloped in a gauze- like atmosphere of summer haze, there is a magic influence in the scenery.
The name of this place is derived from that of the loups marins (seals) that in former times used to frequent the river in so great numbers that they disturbed the inhabitants by their brawling during the night. The town is picturesquely built on the declivity of the
hill, so that it is seen in a glance from the wharf, a distance of three miles. Near the wharf are the bathing places, which are reached from the village in carriage at a cost of twenty -five cents per person. There are many licensed carters in Rivière-du-Loup and some of
them have splendid double coaches. Close to the bathing places is a woody hill well suited for pick-nicks and much used for that purpose. There are three telegraph offices in the village; one at the railway station, one at the wharf and another in the middle of the village.
At 54 miles from Rivière du Loup or Fraserville, as the place is called in its charter of incorporation, is lake Temiscouata, a good fishing and hunting resort. This lake offers magnificent and picturesque lands cape and is reached from Fraserville in carriage by
the Temiscouata military road, a fine macadamised highway.
Guide to Quebec and the Lower Saint-Lawrence .... (1883). Canada: éditeur non identifié.
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