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Trois Rivieres, Quebec

Trois-Rivières, meaning “Three Rivers” in French, is a city located in the Mauricie region of Quebec. Trois Riviered is on the AutoRoute 40 on the north bank of hte St Lawrence River between Montreal and Quebec City. It holds a significant place in Canadian history, having been one of the earliest European settlements in North America. The city preserves its historical heritage with sites like the Old Prison of Trois-Rivières, reflecting its role in the early history of New France.

Trois Rivieres History

Before European settlement, the area was inhabited by Indigenous peoples, including the Atikamekw and Algonquin nations. The confluence of the Saint-Maurice River and the Saint Lawrence River, where Trois-Rivières is located, was a vital meeting point for Indigenous peoples.

Trois-Rivières was founded in 1634 by Laviolette, a French explorer and fur trader who established a fur trading post at the confluence of the two rivers, taking advantage of the strategic location for the fur trade.

Trois Rivieres is one of the oldest cities in North America. The French government granted the seigneury of Trois-Rivières in 1634. The economic success of the city was closely tied to the fur trade industry, and it continued to prosper during the French colonial era.

In 1760, during the Seven Years’ War, Trois-Rivières came under British control after the Battle of Trois-Rivières. The British maintained the importance of Trois-Rivières as a trading and administrative center.

Over the 1800s, Trois-Rivières experienced industrialization, especially in logging, shipping, and shipbuilding industries.

Trois-Rivières thrived as a transportation hub, and retained its importance when railways connected to the port cities. It also became known for its pulp and paper industry, manufacturing, and as an educational and cultural center.

Trois Riviere Attractions

Old Trois-Rivières (Vieux Trois-Rivières)

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Explore the historic district with its charming architecture, shops, and restaurants. The area around Rue des Ursulines and Rue des Forges is particularly rich in history.

POP Museum (Musée POP)

Formerly, the Musée québécois de culture populaire

200 Rue des Forges, Trois-Rivières, QC G9A 2G7
(819) 372-0406
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A museum showcasing Quebec’s popular culture, traditions, and history. The POP Museum bears witness to the unique identity of Quebec society in its diversity and evolution. Its dynamic and daring exhibitions invite discovery and reflection. Part of the museum complex, the Old Prison of Trois-Rivières, classified as a historic monument, offers an unforgettable visit I

Cathédrale de l’Assomption

1145 Rue Royale, Trois-Rivières, QC G9A 4J8, Canada

A historic cathedral known for its architecture and religious significance. The Trois-Rivières cathedral was the work of Monsignor Thomas Cooke, the first bishop of the Diocese, and opened in 1854. It’s the only cathedral with Westminster style features. It also has 125 stained-glass windows from Guido Nincheri, which are among the most beautiful in the country.

Parc de l’Île Saint-Quentin:

10 Pl. de la Rosalie, Trois-Rivières, QC G9A 5K2
(819) 373-8151
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A beautiful park on an island with walking trails, gardens, and outdoor activities.

Boréalis – Centre d’histoire de l’industrie papetière

200 Avenue des Draveurs, Trois-Rivières, QC G9A 2J9
(819) 372-4633
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A museum dedicated to the history of the paper industry in Trois-Rivières, with hands-on paper making activities.

Trois-Rivières, Québec Area Map