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Trois-Rivières (historically and rarely Three Rivers, [1]) 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.

Rue des Ursulines

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

An Orléans Express [2] bus travels to Trois-Rivières about every two hours from the central bus stations in Montreal and Quebec. Cost for students is $56 for a round trip.

Get around


The main (arguably only) sight in Trois-Rivières is the old city (vieille-ville), concentrated by the river along rue des Ursulines. It's far smaller than those of Montreal or Quebec, but picturesque in a low-key way and worth a stroll.


Québec Museum of Folk Culture - Musée québécois de culture populaire The Museum presents six bold and unusual exhibitions, with something to please everyone... 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 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 - [3] Each August, the city puts on a weekend of auto races. The Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series headlines the 2008 edition of the race, which takes place in the streets of downtown.



Bistro L'Ancêtre
  • 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 drinking strip is located on boulevard Des Forges, starting at the Saint-Lawrence river until rue Royale.

Nord-Ouest Café 1441 Notre-Dame St., Trois-Rivières, 819-693-1151 Monkey Night Club 1392 Rue Hart, Trois-Rivières, 819-375-8333 D'artagnan's


  • Auberge Godefroy hotel-spa-golf. Becancour, Becancour, Quebec, Canada, G9H 1A5. Four star deluxe hotel. Only 10 minutes from down town Trois-Rivieres. Renowned for is art of hospitality, comfort, fine cuisine, Health center and much more. 17 575 boul. 1-800-361-1620

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