Amqui is a small city in the Matapédia Valley on Southeastern Quebec's Gaspé Peninsula.
Amqui is a "village-relais": a municipality whose merchants provide all services normally expected from a service area located along a highway. Amqui, as service centre for the immediate area, has several institutions: a hospital, secondary and collegiate schools, a police station, a courthouse and various government offices.
- Amqui, lieu de rencontre (Madeleine Gagnon): Art book, featuring photography by Michel Dompierre. Recounts the history of the region.
Neighbouring villagesTravel information for these villages is included in this page: ;Lac-au-Saumon: Located east of Amqui on Highway 132. Known for its namesake lake on the Matapédia River and for Saint Joseph's Oratory.
;Saint-Alexandre-des-Lacs: Small village located northeast of Amqui.
;Sainte-Irène: Small village located south of Amqui. Known for Val-d'Irène regional park, a ski centre.
;Saint-Léon-le-Grand: Located south of Amqui.
;Saint-Tharcisius: Small village located north of Amqui.
;Saint-Vianney: Village located north of Amqui and west of Saint-Tharcisius.
;Saint-Zenon-du-Lac-Humqui: Located south of Saint-Léon-le-Grand, known as "Lac-Humqui" (and named for the lake).
;Val-Brillant: Located on Highway 132 west of Amqui. The marina of Val-Brillant gives access to Lake Matapédia and includes an Irish pub, a campground and walking trails. There are two fuel stations on Highway 132. A producer of raspberry wine, called "Vallée de la Framboise", sells its products directly; it is located on Lauzier Road near Highway 132 (south). Val-Brillant is also known for its Gothic church with two bell towers.
By airThe closest regional airport is in Mont-Joli, about 70km west by road.
phone: +1 418-629-6767address: 219-1, boulevard Saint-BenoîtIntercity bus serving Amqui and other Québec cities.
phone: +1 418-629-4242address: 209, boulevard Saint-Benoît OuestVIA Rail passenger station. Rail tickets available at City Hall.
By carFrom Montréal, Rivière-du-Loup and Rimouski, take Highway 20 east to its end, then continue east on Route 132. A-20 briefly reappears as a bypass around Rimouski; exit the bypass road at Mont-Joli, then simply follow Highway 132 towards Amqui. Otherwise, on Route 132, you will reach a T-intersection in Sainte-Flavie, which indicates "Route 132 East" in both directions; turn to follow "Route 132 to Amqui". From Quebec City, it is a journey of 4 hours 30 minutes by car.
From Matane, take Route 195 south to Amqui. This takes an hour by car.
From the southern Gaspé or northeast New Brunswick, take Route 132 west to Amqui. From Bathurst (on New Brunswick Route 11), it is a journey of 2 hours 30 minutes by car.
There is one taxi company:
- Taxi Rapido 2004, 85 College Street, +1 418-629-4011
- Amqui's heritage railway station (209, boulevard Saint-Benoît Ouest) is still in active service. A wooden building built in 1904, with imposing and picturesque architecture that gives the impression of travel a century ago. A former passenger car "the Lynnewood", the oldest working Pullman car in North America, is located in the courtyard of the station and guided tours are organized during the summer season.
Église Saint-Benoît-Joseph-Labreaddress: 88, rue DesbiensStone church rebuilt in 1986 within the walls of an old church (built 1917-1922) that burned down. Roman Catholic masses at 11AM Sunday and 6:30PM Wednesday.
Anses-Saint-Jean Bridgeaddress: Chemin du Pont-CouvertCovered bridge built in Anse-Saint-Jean in 1931 and still in use. It has only one traffic lane and no signals; stop before driving through and make sure there are no oncoming cars before entering the bridge.
Beauséjour BridgeCovered bridge crossing the river Amqui (located in Parc des Sœurs / Sisters' Park) built from 1930-1932. This was moved from Saint-Odile-de-Rimouski to its current location to carry pedestrians and cyclists.
phone: +1 418-629-2180address: 146, chemin du GolfTwo courses of nine holes each, differing in landscape and game strategy, exceptional view, divided by the Matapédia river.
address: 55, rue ChamberlandLa Matapédia is recognized as the "Paradise of the ATV"; network of trails with many trail-side attractions.
phone: +1 418-629-3747address: 530, rang St-PhilippeNon-profit summer camp for 6-15 year olds, located on Lake Matapedia.
Route VerteThe Green route is a cycle path extending across the province through more than 4000 km. The section in Matapédia goes through downtown Amqui.
address: 20, promenade de l'Hôtel de villeFrench-language summer theatre, August 1-18.
phone: +1 418-629-4242 ext 438address: 55, rue du Carrefour SportifFree public skating, call or see L'Avant-Poste newspaper for updates to posted schedule on website.
Club de curling de la ValléeCurling club at municipal arena.
Club de motoneiges Vallée de la MatapédiaA network of snowmobile trails reaches neighbouring villages and covers the entire region.
Club de ski de fond Harfang des neiges d'Amquiphone: +1 418-629-1665address: 530, rang Saint-PhilippeCross-country ski club, five groomed ski trails (16.9 km of classic ski (pas alternatif) trail and 10.8 km of skate-skiing (pas patin) trail), three groomed snowshoe trails (4.6, 2.7 and 1.1 km). It is also possible to walk on the trails.
phone: +1 418-629-4242 ext 447address: Promenade de l'Hôtel-de-VillePublic municipal library in free-standing building next to town hall, closed Sundays.
Cinéma Figarophone: +1 418-629-3336address: 39, boulevard Saint-Benoît Ouest
phone: +1 418-629-4242address: Rue du Carrefour-SportifOpen swim, call for schedule.
Exposition agricole de La Matapédiaaddress: on municipal arena groundsEarly June. Annual agricultural fair with farm animals, rides, contests and exhibitors.
phone: +1 418-629-4879address: 209, boulevard Saint-Benoît OuestArtisan's boutique, was located in historic train station. Effective summer 2015, this merchandise is available at the Maison d'Odilon art gallery at 154, boul. Saint-Benoit Ouest (seasonal, opens mid-June, +1 418-631-1621 in-season, or +1 418-629-7816)
- Auberge Beauséjour operates a 40-seat restaurant (see Sleep section), daily menu, open 11AM-2PM and 5-9PM weekdays; 8AM-1PM and 5:30-9:30PM summer weekends; 5-9PM winter weekends.
- Microbrasserie La Captive, microbrewery also serving food such as hamburgers and sandwiches (see Drink section).
- Hôtel Gagnon operate a pub called La Terrasse (see Drink section) (+1 418-629-3434), seats 74. Wi-Fi. M-W 10:30AM-2PM and 4-9PM, Th-Sa 10:30AM-1AM, Su 4-9PM.
- Restaurant L'Ambassadeur, in Auberge L'Ambassadeur (see Sleep section) (+1 418-629-8087), seats 43. Wi-Fi. M-F 6AM-2PM and 4:30PM-10PM, Sa Su 7AM-2PM and 4:30PM-10PM.
- Restaurant Pastali, in Sélectôtel (see Sleep section) (+1 418-629-4471), Chinese, Italian and Canadian cuisine. Wi-Fi. M-Th 6AM-10PM, F 6AM-11PM, Sa 7AM-11PM, Su 7AM-10PM.
phone: +1 418-629-3369address: 6, avenue du ParcFried chicken, seafood. Wi-fi.
phone: +1 418-629-5650address: 219-1, boulevard Saint-Benoît EstQuebec cuisine.
phone: +1 418-629-3535address: 320, boulevard Saint-Benoît OuestQuebec cuisine. Parking for trucks.
Boulangerie artisanale Grains de foliephone: +1 418-629-1343address: 140, boulevard Saint-Benoît OuestBakery.
phone: +1 418-631-1343address: 140, boulevard Saint-Benoît OuestRestaurant and brew pub.
phone: +1 418-629-3434address: 232, boulevard Saint-Benoît OuestNightclub, pub, restaurant and patio.
- Bar Le Billard, in Sélectôtel (see Sleep section). Billards.
Hotels, motels and inns
phone: +1 418-629-5531address: 71, boulevard Saint-Benoît Ouest7:30AM-11PM. Non-smoking, kitchenette in some units, Wi-Fi, restaurant. Breakfast. 9 units.
phone: +1 418-629-6464address: 256, boulevard Saint-Benoît OuestOpen year-round, non-smoking, pet-friendly, fitness room, whirlpool tub, kitchenette in some units, Wi-Fi, ski or snowmobile packages, snowmobile access, garage for snowmobiles.
phone: +1 418-629-2241address: 340, boulevard Saint-Benoît OuestOpen year-round, non-smoking, restaurant, bar, billiards, indoor pool, spa, fitness room, laundry, Wi-Fi. 75 units. 3 stars.
Camping d'Amqui/La Maison du camping d'Amquiphone: +1 418-629-4242address: 686, route 132 OuestMid-June to Labour Day. Located on the Matapédia River, which joins Lake Matapedia. Forested park with 146 serviced campsites, heated outdoor pool, pedal boat rental, kayaks, canoes, rowboats and bicycles, badminton, croquet and volleyball, marina. The House of Camping rents ten rooms overlooking the river.
phone: +1 418-629-2211address: 135, avenue Gaétan-ArchambaultSmall local hospital.
Centre de la santé et des services sociaux (CLSC) de La Matapédiaphone: +1 418-629-2211 ext 12address: 135, avenue Gaétan-ArchambaultCommunity clinic on 3rd floor of hospital.
Poste de la MRC de La Matapédia de la Sûreté du Québec (SQ)phone: +1 418-629-4464address: 155, avenue Gaétan-ArchambaultPolice station.
Service de protection contre les incendiesphone: +1 418-629-1343address: 30, avenue du ParcFire brigade.
Buanderie-nettoyeur de l'Estphone: +1 418-629-1529address: 1-348, boulevard Saint-Benoît OuestLaundry.
Lac-MatapédiaLac-Matapédia is 10-15 km from Amqui.
La Pointe fineaddress: Lac-MatapédiaSandy public beach on Matapédia Lake, accessible by car, motorbike, boat or ATV.
Seigneurie du Lac-Matapédiaaddress: Lac-MatapédiaWalking trails between lake and mountains, quad (ATV) and snowmobile trails, beaches.
Sainte-IrèneSainte-Irène is 20 km from Amqui.
address: 115, route Val-d'Irène, Sainte-IrèneAlpine skiing, snowboarding, 27 tracks on two slopes, cross-country skiing, tubing, snowmobiling, equipment rentals, dining facilities including a restaurant at the summit (with reservations), accommodation in apartments or chalets (reservation required), reception room. Aqua-Neige in spring (mid-April) where skiers try to cross Picolo Lake.
Randonnées S.B.phone: +1 418-629-6015address: 78, rang 4, Sainte-IrèneDogsledding for individuals or groups. Reservation required 2 to 4 days in advance.
Saint-VianneySaint-Vianney is 20 km from Amqui.
Maxime Fournier Guide de plein airphone: +1 418-629-6459address: 130, 1 er rang Nord, Saint-VianneyDog sledding (reservation required).
Val-BrillantVal-Brillant is 15 km from Amqui.
Club de plongée les Pieds-Palmésphone: +1 418-629-6616address: Val-Brillant marinaDiving club, equipment rental, tank refills. A fishing boat, the Shemogue, was sunk from the Val-Brillant marina in deep water.
- Campbellton, New Brunswick is accessible by bridge from Point-à-la-Croix on Quebec Highway 132. From there, New Brunswick Highway 11 continues east along the Acadian Coast.