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Trois-Rivières (historically and rarely Three Rivers) is the second-oldest city in Quebec, founded in 1634. It lies almost half-way between Montreal and Quebec City and can make a nice stopover on travel between those two cities. Trois-Rivières is the regional capital of the Mauricie administrative region of Quebec, a vast area of 39,748 km². Located at the junction of two economic regions, Trois-Rivières radiates through a pool of almost 475 000 people. It is 130 km from Montreal and 120 km from Quebec City on ​​the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River.


The Saint-Maurice River[edit]

Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site of Canada

The Saint-Maurice river, with its watershed with a length of 587 km, is the main river of the Mauricie administrative region. The waters of four rivers bathe his magnificent Laurentian plain. St. Anne, Batiscan, Du Loup river and Maskinongé river are also important for economic and recreational tourism development in the region. Do not forget the presence of Lake Saint Pierre part, since November 2000, the World Network of Biosphere Reserves of UNESCO. The Lake Saint Pierre is the only example of sustainable development, recognized by the United Nations, have a way of world-class navigation, crossing from one end to the other's territory.


Rue des Ursulines

Founded in 1634, the city however occupies a location known to the French since 1535 when Jacques Cartier, in a trip along the St. Lawrence, stopped to plant a cross on Saint-Quentin island. But the Three Rivers name is used for the first time in 1599 by Sieur François Gravé Du Pont, a geographer at the use of Champlain, which confirms the name in 1603. Sieur Gravé Du Pont as he sails river towards Montreal, sees little intervals a first tributary of the river, a strip of land, a second tributary, another strip of land, and finally a third tributary it takes even to a different river. He did not know then that two large islands divide the course of the Saint-Maurice River in three parts where the latter flows into the St. Lawrence river. The name Trois-Rivières has stayed through the years and the city has been incorporated in 1857. Location of a major fur trade during the first 25 years of its existence, Trois-Rivières remains the cradle of many "travellers", explorers and trappers, the most famous of which are Nicolet, Hertel, Godefroy, Radisson, des Groseilliers, Boucher and Lavérendrye.

Get in[edit]

Route 40 between Quebec and Montreal passes straight through Trois-Rivières.

An Orléans Express [dead link] bus travels to Trois-Rivières about every two hours from the central bus stations in Montreal and Quebec. Cost for students is C$45.32 for a round trip. Cost for adults is C$53.28 for a round trip.

Get around[edit]

Map of Trois-Rivières

The Société de transport de Trois-Rivières (STTR) is the local public transit system.


Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape


Old Prison of Trois-Rivières



Bistro L'Ancêtre
  • Bistro l'Ancêtre, 603 rue des Ursulines, +1 819-373-7077. Oddly enough, this is the only restaurant on Ursulines, tucked away in a suitably old building at the far (east) end, but it draws a local crowd in addition to tourists. The food is more Italian than French, with pizzas and pastas making up most of the menu, but all mains include soup, dessert and coffee and cost only $7-12.


The main bar strip is located on rue des Forges between the Saint Lawrence River and rue Royale.


  • [dead link] Hotel Gouverneur Trois-Rivières, 975, rue Hart. Rates $95 and up. This newly renovated hotel is located downtown near the house of justice. The hotel offers 127 rooms, 77 in regular class and 50 in business class.
  • Auberge Godefroy Hotel-Spa-Golf. Becancour. Four-star hotel 10 minutes' drive from downtown Trois-Rivieres. Has a fine restaurant and health center. 17 575 boul. 1-800-361-1620
  • 1 [dead link] L'Urbania (Hotel du Roy (old name)), 3600, boul. Gene-H.-Kruger, toll-free: +1-800-463-4620. The Hotel du Roy has had its name changed to "L'Urbania" and is now a boutique hotel. $69-100.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Trois-Rivières
MontrealYamachiche  W Quebec Autoroute 40.svg E  Quebec CityEND
ENDShawinigan  N Quebec Autoroute 55.svg S  DrummondvilleSherbrooke

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