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
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.
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.
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.
The Société de transport de Trois-Rivières (STTR) is the local public transit system.
- 1 Old Trois-Rivières.
- 2 Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site of Canada, 10 000, boulevard des Forges, ☎ , toll-free: . June 22 to September 2: 10AM-5PM. Archaeological site of the first site of the steel industry and the first industrial town in Canada
- 3 Manoir Boucher de Niverville, 168, rue Bonaventure, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Exhibit shows the different aspects of life in New France: political, social events, manners and customs, to discover the life of the ancestors.
- 4 Moulin seigneurial de Tonnancour, 11930, Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Trois-Rivières, Quebec, G9B, Canada, ☎ . Historical site of the flour mill of the 18th century and the sawmill, both operated by hydraulic force and whose mechanisms are still functional. Art exhibitions are presented in the art gallery of the house of the miller.
- 5 Borealis, paper industry's history center, 200, avenue des Draveurs, Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada, ☎ . Museum on the history of the pulp and paper industry in Quebec. Housed in the old filtration plant of a paper.
- 6 Our Lady of the Cape Shrine.
- Musée des Filles de Jésus.
- Musée des Ursulines.
- Centre d'exposition Raymond-Lasnier.
- Parc de l'île Saint-Quentin.
- Salle J.-A.-Thompson.
- Québec Museum of Folk Culture (Musée québécois de culture populaire). The museum presents six bold and unusual exhibitions, all in a distinctly Québécois style. Visitors can also look behind the scenes as the museum opens up its storage area to reveal part of its rich ethnological collection - an innovation in Québec.
- Old prison of Trois-Rivières (Vieille prison de Trois-Rivières), 200, rue Laviolette Trois-Rivières, ☎ . The Old Prison of Trois-Rivières, classified as an historical monument, offer the visit-experience Go to Jail!, where ex-inmates lead visitors on a tour that provides a real glimpse into prison life. This prison was in operation from 1822 to 1986, and closed its doors due to the unhealthy conditions. The tour of cells and places of solitary confinement is a true eye-opener! You can start the tour with a prison card that includes your photograph and fingerprints. Groups can serve a one-night sentence, upon reservation.
- Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières
- Biennale nationale de sculpture contemporaine
- Festival International Danse Encore
- Festival International de la Poésie
- FestiVoix de Trois-Rivières
- Rendez-vous des coureurs des bois de Trois-Rivières
- Les délices d’automne
- Bistro l'Ancêtre, 603 rue des Ursulines, ☎ . 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.
- Nord-Ouest Café, 1441 rue Notre-Dame, ☎ .
- [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 www.aubergegodefroy.com
- 1 [dead link]L'Urbania (Hotel du Roy (old name)), 3600, boul. Gene-H.-Kruger, toll-free: . The Hotel du Roy has had its name changed to "L'Urbania" and is now a boutique hotel. $69-100.
- La Mauricie National Park - 45 km north
|Routes through Trois-Rivières|
|Montreal ← Yamachiche ←||W E||→ Quebec City → END|
|END ← Shawinigan ←||N S||→ Drummondville → Sherbrooke|