Trois-RivièresTrois-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 has a population of 137,000 (2016), and 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
By carAutoroute 40 between Quebec and Montreal passes through Trois-Rivières.
By busAn Orléans Express bus travels to Trois-Rivières about every two hours from the central bus stations in Montreal and Quebec. Cost for students is $45.32 for a round trip. Cost for adults is $53.28 for a round trip.
Trois-RivièresPrivate aircraft only.
The Société de transport de Trois-Rivières (STTR)The local public transit system operates 14 regular routes during the day and 6 during the evening. Some routes do not operate on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
phone: +1 819-378-5116address: 10 000, boulevard des ForgesArchaeological site of the first site of the steel industry and the first industrial town in Canada
phone: +1 819-372-0406address: 200, rue LavioletteThe 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.
phone: +1 819-372-0406address: 200, rue LavioletteThe 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.
phone: +1 819-372-4531address: 168, rue BonaventureExhibit shows the different aspects of life in New France: political, social events, manners and customs, to discover the life of the ancestors.
phone: +1 819-377-1396address: 11930, Rue Notre-Dame OuestHistorical 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.
phone: +1 819-372-4633address: 200, avenue des DraveursMuseum on the history of the pulp and paper industry in Quebec. Housed in the old filtration plant of a paper.
Musée des Filles de Jésus
Centre d'exposition Raymond-Lasnier
address: 1800 avenue des Jasmins, BécancourA science museum that educates about and promotes the conservation of Quebec's native species with exhibitions and walking trails.
Grand Prix de Trois-RivièresThe largest motor racing event to be held on an urban circuit in the Americas. It has served as a springboard for several major Formula 1 drivers. It stands out for its unlimited public access to the enclosures. The first weekend features FIA Rallycross racing, and the second weekend features NASCAR racing.
- 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
Centre commercial Les Rivièresaddress: 4225 Boulevard des Forges140 stores.
Bistro l'Ancêtrephone: +1 819-373-7077address: 603 rue des UrsulinesOddly 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.
phone: +1 819-840-6687address: 1150, rue RoyaleA classic retro diner, for breakfast or for lunch.
phone: +1 819-694-1344address: 300, rue BonaventureHoused in a former Wesleyan church, Le Sacristain offers grilled sandwiches, soups, salads, stews and homemade desserts.
phone: +1 819-378-5772address: 1300 du Fleuve
Nord-Ouest Caféphone: +1 819-693-1151address: 1441 rue Notre-Dame
phone: +1 819-519-7888address: 3965, Rue BellefeuilleBrews their own beers, live music, food.
address: 975, rue HartRates $95 and up. Downtown near the court house. 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
address: 3600, boul. Gene-H.-KrugerAll rooms have a satellite TV, coffee maker, fridge, free Wi-Fi. Outdoor swimming pool, a gym, and a bar/lounge.
- La Mauricie National Park - 45 km north