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Also in the Lower St. Lawrence region, Matane is a small city perched at the confluence of the eponymous Matane River with the majestic St. Lawrence. Both the city and the river owe their name to a Mi’kmaq word meaning beaver pond. This municipality, home to some 14,570 residents, is known for its hospitality and heritage, as well as the urban, industrial, and rural roots that run strong here. Matane offers a range of attractions for tourists passing through, such as the Matane heritage circuit, the Maison Horace-Bouffard museum, a lighthouse and martime museum, and the Matane Fur Trading Post. Atlantic salmon fishing can be found right at the heart of the city, where there is an observation station for those keen to feast their eyes on the annual salmon run. Culture buffs will enjoy visiting the Complexe culturel Joseph-Rouleau, which combines an exhibition of the work of renowned painter Claude Picher, the Matane Art Gallery and the Espace F. gallery. And no visit to Matane would be complete without a leisurely stroll along the Promenade des Capitaines, a waterfront trail that stands true to its name, highlighting the city’s maritime tradition and its illustrious seafaring captains.

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