Trois-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.

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Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site of Canada

The Saint-Maurice river, with its watershed with a length of 587 km, is the main river of the Mauricie administrative region. The waters of four rivers bathe his magnificent Laurentian plain. St. Anne, Batiscan, Du Loup river and Maskinongé river are also important for economic and recreational tourism development in the region. Lake Saint Pierre has been part, since November 2000, of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves of UNESCO. Lake Saint Pierre is the only example of sustainable development, recognized by the United Nations, have a way of world-class navigation, crossing from one end to the other’s territory.

Rue des Ursulines

It was founded in 1634, but the city occupies a location known to the French since 1535 when Jacques Cartier, in a trip along the St. Lawrence, stopped to plant a cross on Saint-Quentin island. But the Three Rivers name was used for the first time in 1599 by Sieur François Gravé Du Pont, a geographer working with explorer Samuel de Champlain, who confirmed the name in 1603. Sieur Gravé Du Pont as he sailed river towards Montreal, saw little intervals a first tributary of the river, a strip of land, a second tributary, another strip of land, and finally a third tributary it took even to a different river. He did not know then that two large islands divide the course of the Saint-Maurice River in three parts where the latter flows into the St. Lawrence river. The name Trois-Rivières has stayed through the years and the city was incorporated in 1857. Location of a major fur trade during the first 25 years of its existence, Trois-Rivières remained the cradle of many “travellers”, explorers and trappers, the most famous of which were Nicolet, Hertel, Godefroy, Radisson, des Groseilliers, Boucher and Lavérendrye.

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