Despite being almost completely destroyed by fire in 1908, leaving barely any historic buildings or monuments, Trois-Rivières has blossomed into one of Quebec’s most exciting and cosmopolitan cities.
From motor races to musicals, there is much to enjoy. Trois-Rivières’ museums celebrate Canada’s paper, flour milling and metal working industries: the harbour front Boréalis Museum traces the history of the local paper industry, and its underground vault reveals a mysterious trail and a forgotten world that is highly recommended by visitors. In contrast, the Promenade de la Poésie, punctuated with more than 300 panels displaying love poems, is a delightful walk.
The city is a thriving cultural centre with cafés, bars, artists’ workshops, galleries and places to shop. There is the Quebec Museum of Folk Culture, and the 19th century Vieille Prison de Trois-Rivières is a haunted museum where tours are led by former inmates.
The bustling Harbourfront Park has beautiful unobstructed views of the Saint-Laurent River as well as several stalls, terraces and restaurants.