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Top 10 ways to enjoy Trois-Rivières

April 12th, 2019 | by Émilie Sirois

Summer and winter alike, Trois-Rivières excels at defending its title as a cultural capital. Its energy and originality combine to charm visitors. Come discover the top 10 activities guaranteed to make you fall in love with Trois-Rivières!

Fall under the spell of the dynamic downtown core

Just steps from the majestic St. Lawrence River, downtown Trois-Rivières hums with life, moving to the beat of its festivals, restaurants, bars, cafés and ice cream shops as well as its performance halls, museums and art galleries. Before embarking on the many activities the city offers, take some time to admire a downtown district that has retained its charm and old world character. 

Stroll through Old Trois-Rivières

Rich in history, Trois-Rivières proudly shows off its storied past. A stroll through the city’s historic district is all it takes to appreciate its appeal and beauty. Admire the architecture and monuments, and stop along the way to read the panels that relate its history. Did you know that Trois-Rivières was the second Francophone city to be founded in North America? Come walk in the footsteps of its earliest inhabitants and be charmed!

Take in a show at the Amphithéâtre Cogeco

An architectural gem sits perched at the confluence of the St. Lawrence and Saint-Maurice Rivers: the Amphithéâtre Cogeco. Under its bright red roof, it plays host every summer to the biggest local, national and international productions. Cirque du Soleil, Festival Trois-Rivières en blues, musicals and prominent artists delight audiences from near and far. With the river at its doorstep and the mild summer breezes setting the mood, it’s the perfect venue for open-air performances. And when autumn rolls in, the doors are closed to create an ultra-chic cabaret scene. It’s an architectural work that’s worth the trip, and its program energizes the entire city!

Gear up for the Grand Prix Trois-Rivières

Every August, the Grand Prix Trois-Rivières roars into town with an impressive display of power and speed held along an exceptional urban circuit. What else makes it unique? It puts you in the heart of the action and lets you access the paddocks. With the racing cars front and centre, downtown Trois-Rivières entertains young and old alike with demonstrations and a wide assortment of other activities, including the Magie des Feux high above the river. Look up and you’ll see a fireworks display unlike any other!

Pay a visit to the Musée POP!

The Musée POP!  is a bold and entertaining pop culture museum designed to please the whole family with its themed interactive exhibitions. Its driving force: Quebec culture in all its glory. Right next to the museum stands the city’s imposing and sombre Old Prison. Canada’s longest operating penal institute, the Prison closed in 1986. Accompanied by a former inmate, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the cells, lock-ups and in particular the day-to-day lives of its prisoners. It all adds up to an authentic experience that’s sure to impress!

Explore the world of Boréalis

Housed in a former factory, Boréalis is dedicated to an industry that propelled the economic growth of Trois-Rivières: pulp and paper. Because the city sits at the confluence of two mighty waterways, it became the ideal location for an industry. Visitors are treated to a complete overview of pulp and paper – the Saint-Maurice River, the region’s forests, the loggers and log drives, and the life of factory workers – all on display in a mill dating back to 1920. The architecture, still intact, bears witness to the rich history of the site, as do the underground vaults. Immerse yourself in this slice of Trois-Rivières history!

Reenergize at Our Lady of the Cape Shrine

An oasis of peace and tranquility, Our Lady of the Cape Shrine welcomes one and all. Visitors are greeted by an immense basilica adorned with remarkable stained glass windows, a historic chapel dating back to 1720 and a beautiful gardens criss-crossed with pretty walkways. Every aspect of the site beckons visitors to relax and recharge. During the Festival de l’Assomption, the Shrine takes on a very different ambiance. Choirs, prayers and processions combine to deliver an experience that’s both festive and spiritual. Come be inspired by this warm and convivial multi-day event and the exquisite beauty of the area.

Revel in the music of FestiVoix

Summer in Trois-Rivières is heralded in with FestiVoix, a nine-day celebration of music. Sway to the sounds of well-known and emerging artists performing on indoor and outdoor stages until the wee hours of the morning. How do you like your music? Delivered by a chorus of voices in a grassy outdoor venue? While sipping a glass of wine and being entertained by a jazz combo? Amidst an enthusiastic crowd on a breezy summer evening by the river? FestiVoix is all this and more. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience just steps from downtown and the city’s old quarter. Between shows, take a wander through Trois-Rivières. Let the music carry you away!

Be awed by the Festival international DansEncore

In June, the Festival international DansEncore brings together more than 150 artists from Canada, the U.S. and Europe who tear up the stages of downtown venues. What draws the festival’s many fans here each year? The answer is simple: it’s the relaxed atmosphere, the variety of performances, the legendary parties, and the original entertainment geared to the entire family. The Festival also lets the next generation of dancers find out how they measure up to the veterans via competitions, displays and master classes. Come move to the beat of DansEncore, a celebration of dance in all its forms, held just for you!

Be inspired at the International Poetry Festival

In the fall, Trois-Rivières becomes a city of poets when it hosts the International Poetry Festival. Thousands of poems adorn Parc Champlain, while poets from five continents converge on downtown. Join them to celebrate the magic of words with almost 350 activities! Widely recognized as the poetry capital of Quebec, throughout the year Trois-Rivières displays hundreds of poems, in French and a range of other languages, on walls around the city. Take a stroll through town and let the poetry inspire you!

Experience, enjoy and immerse yourself in the culture, history, music, poetry, and myriad other attractions and activities Trois-Rivières has to offer. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

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