Population (2006): 1 853
Surface area: 62,49 sq.km
Mayor: Ghislaine Daris
The municipality of Cacouna is right along the St. Lawrence River, about 10 kilometers from the town of Rivière-du-Loup. Its scenic views and temperate summers made Cacouna, starting in 1840, a favorite vacation spot for the Montréal upper class. The large villas that the vacationers from that era left behind are part of Cacouna’s unique architectural heritage, which justifies the municipality belonging to the Association des plus beaux villages du Québec (an association of Québec’s most beautiful villages).
In addition to its architectural heritage and exceptional landscape, Cacouna also has a deep water port, Gros-Cacouna port, which is a considerable asset for regional economic development. The agricultural sector within its territory is very active and diversified. Lastly, the marsh and Gros-Cacouna island attract thousands of amateur bird-watchers who come to observe the 90 some species of aquatic birds that frequent these places.