Located at the confluence of the river that crosses downtown and the Saint Lawrence river that merges into the sea, Matane is a maritime town, rich in industries, thanks to its abundance of resources. As its name suggests, it is a perfect destination for nature lovers! Its residents, known for their legendary friendliness, evolve in a multifaceted town, characterized by an urban, industrial, rural, historic and maritime fiber.
While Europeans had inhabited the territory for some time, the first village located at the opening of the Matane River appears only in 1893. It is first called after the parish Saint-Jérôme-de-Matane but it becomes Matane, a full-fledged town, in 1937.
The town as we know it today was created on September 26th 2001, born from the merger of the Petit-Matane, Saint-Luc-de-Matane, Saint-Jérôme-de-Matane municipalities and Matane. The town’s population is now close to 15,000 people and its territory covers 215 km2.
Since the mid-19th century, industries are booming in Matane, due to its location near the Saint Lawrence River and its transportation development. Matane still benefits today from these infrastructures, making it a dynamic maritime town, with its harbor, shipyard, shrimp transformation factory, train ferry and ferry, insuring its connection with the Côte-Nord region across the sea. Matane counts a few industries specialized in pulp and paper, wood transformation, windmill energy as well as concrete. It is also a key player when it comes to education, health and arts with its Cégep, hospital and many cultural events occurring throughout the year.
Matane’s namesake river is one of the region’s natural wonders. You can admire it, as it is located at the heart of the town and it is rich in salmon.
Activities: Public access to the seaside, craft workshops, bakeries, souvenir boutiques, care spa center, historical tour, cultural center, sea excursions, farmer’s markets, smokehouse, golfing, gardens, microbrewery, park, dock fishing, lighthouse, biking trails, fish shops, boardwalks, hiking trails, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, salmon river, historic society, ski station, mountain biking.