Discover the history of Le Bic and the surrounding region

Nicknamed Little Switzerland, the region of Le Bic is rich in history and stories. Discovered by Europeans during the first half of the 16th century, this corner of the Lower St. Lawrence has undergone various changes and developments. Each year, many tourists come to discover the history of the region, which is filled with places to visit.

What should you know about the history of Le Bic and its surrounding region? What historic sites are a must-see if you are visiting the area?

At Le Vieux Loup de Mer, we present the history of Le Bic and its region!


Jacques Cartier discovered Le Bic harbour in 1535 during his second voyage to Canada. Later, Samuel Champlain returned and wrote a detailed description in 1603. It is to him that we owe the name “Bic”. Initially, he named the place “Pic”, in reference to Pic Champlain (which bears his name today), visible from the St. Lawrence. Over time, the term “Pic” became “Bic”.

The name “Bic” is found as early as 1675, in documents pertaining to the municipality. The Bic region was populated as soon as it was discovered and French colonies were established. Later, the English took over the region. Nevertheless, it remains deeply marked by its francophone past.


The rich history of Le Bic leaves behind many places and monuments that can be visited. The map of the Bic region is vast. The Parc national du Bic is an essential travel destination for lovers of nature and legends, such as the legend of Île-du-Massacre.

Rimouski and the village of Bic,places of life and witnesses to history, are home to most of the historical sites to visit in Le Bic.

Among the historical places to visit in the Bic region, you can find:

  • Saint-Barnabé Island, to relive the legend of Toussaint Cartier
  • The îles du Bic and their legends
  • Pic Champlain, to admire the region from above
  • Pointe-au-Père historic site, for its lighthouse and its maritime museum recounting the story of the Europeans who made it here
  • The Lamontagne House, a place frozen in time, recounting the daily life of the settlers of the time
  • Mont Saint-Louis Park, the peaceful setting of the village of Bic
  • The Musée Régional de Rimouski, to learn more about the history of the region

If you want to discover in more detail the places and activities to do in our part of Quebec, you can find tips in our article on what to do in the Rimouski region.


If you want to experience a little part of Quebec history, come and stay in our cottages for rent in Le Bic at Vieux Loup de Mer. We take pride in the region where we are located and in the rich heritage of Quebec. We offer you the opportunity to discover authentic wooden cottages that have been restored by hand and lovingly decorated.Contact Vieux Loup de Mer to find out more about the cottages we have available. Our knowledgeable staff is always on hand tand will be happy to tell you more about the area and its history.