Saint-Charles River

Saint-Charles River

Saint-Charles River

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Saint-Charles River is a river of Quebec (Canada), and the main river in Quebec City. Its huron-wendat name is Akiawenrahk.


It springs from Saint-Charles Lake, follows a course of approximately 33 km and ends into Saint Lawrence River. Its drainage basin is 550 km² large and a population of 350 000 persons live on its shores, in Quebec City and the Regional County Municipality of La Jacques-Cartier. It's the most densely populated drainage basin od a Québec river, with an average population density of 600 inhabitants per square kilometer, mostly concentrated in the last third of its length.

Many streams of Québec City and the surroundings are tributary to Saint-Charles River.The drainage basin includes six main sub-basins, that are, excluding the Saint-Charles' basin itself:

  • Rivière des Hurons
  • Rivière Jaune
  • Rivière Nelson
  • Rivière du Berger
  • Rivière Lorette

Saint-Charles River's drainage basin also includes many secondary streams including:

  • la rivière Hibou
  • la rivière des Commissaires
  • la rivière des Roches
  • la rivière des Sept-Ponts
  • la rivière Lairet
  • le ruisseau du Valet
  • le ruisseau Savard
  • le ruisseau Ste-Barbe
  • le ruisseau Pincourt

This river crosses the Wyandot territory of Wendake at the north of Quebec City. Rapids and waterfalls are found in this section under the name of Kabir Kouba or «Silver Serpent» in Wyandot language. The Parc de la Falaise et de la chute Kabir Kouba along the falls at this place has an interpretation...
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