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Discover Trois-Rivières and its heritage

Through the management of heritage dissemination, the Corporation de développement cul-turel de Trois-Rivières animates and highlights various sites and is involved in many projects. Some of these activities are featured here.

  • Trois-Rivières heritage site

    The Trois-Rivières heritage site is the location of one of the first settlements in New France. Located in the heart of the city, founded in 1634, it covers approximately 6.7 hectares of urban, institutional, and residential land. It is bordered by des Casernes, Saint-Pierre, Sainte-Cécile, and Terrasse Turcotte streets. Its boundaries partially follow the old palisade of the settlement fortified in the 17th century and partially follow the palisade drawn in 1704 by Jacques Levasseur de Neré (1662 or 1664-1724).

    Among the 50 or so buildings on the site are religious institutions from the 18th century, including the Ursuline Monastery, an important landmark, and the des Récollets-de-Trois-Rivières heritage site. The Trois-Rivières heritage site also includes residential buildings dating from the French Regime and the first half of the 19th century, including Manoir de Tonnancour, Maison Georges-De Gannes, and Maison Hertel-De La Fresnière. It also includes a wooden house from the mid-18th century, Maison Saint-François. It combines several bourgeois and working-class homes from the second half of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, as well as "boomtown" style houses and apartment buildings from the early 20th century. Green spaces cover much of the area, notably five public parks—le Platon, place d'Armes, a heritage site, jardin des Gouverneurs, jardins des Ursulines, and a section of Harbourfront Park. The area also has some 40 commemorative elements and public works of art.

    This place is a heritage site. Many archeological sites registered in Quebec's inventory of archeological sites, bearing witness to Amerindian, European, and Québécois occupation, are connected to it.

    The heritage site is located along the St. Lawrence River, near the mouth of the Saint-Maurice River, in the City of Trois-Rivières.

    Source: Ministère de la culture et des communications du Québec

    For more information on the subject 

  • Place Pierre-Boucher

    Place Pierre-Boucher is located in the cradle of Trois-Rivières. Le Platon, where Laviolette built the first permanent French dwelling in 1634, is close by. It is also near the area where the settlement's first parish church was built. For many decades, this public place played a convening role as the backdrop for large public demonstrations.

    In 2009, the City of Trois-Rivières began to develop ideas for restoring Place Pierre-Boucher and the le Platon sector to their rightful place in the city's history. Major restoration work was undertaken, along with preventive archeological work. These operations confirmed historical data and revealed a few surprises.

    Inaugurated in June 2013, the new Place Pierre-Boucher returned to its glory days. It became the official gateway to Trois-Rivières' historical district. Just steps away from the site of the grand'porte du bourg (door to the settlement). You are warmly invited to stop for a rest, learn more, and allow yourself to feel the interaction between the past and the present.

  • The settlement of Trois-Rivières

    On July 4, 1634, a handful of men, craftsmen, and soldiers, mandated by Samuel de Champlain, reached the place called the three rivers to build a fort, because the site was already an important trading post often frequented by the Amerindians. The chosen spot, close to the mouth of the Saint-Maurice River (the Amerindians called it Métabéroutine or "under the wind"), is well-situated on an elevated rock plateau that advanced into the river looking out over the horizon and providing a view of friends or enemies arriving on the "Path that Walks." French life slowly took shape; here is the Settlement of Trois-Rivières in 1685.

    Discover the Settlement of Trois-Rivières

  • The fountains

    The Place Pierre-Boucher Fountain

    3 contrasting programs with a historical and heritage storyline

    Day Program, an Invitation

    • From 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.—From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (duration: 15 minutes)
    •  The fountain becomes a marker, guiding walkers. It is an invitation to roam, walk, and stroll through and enjoy Place Pierre-Boucher. The progression of the jets, at different times, draws pedestrians toward the heritage site. The wandering movement of the jets suggests the passage from past to present.

    Historical Program, a place that makes sense

    • From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.—From 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.—From 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. (duration: 30 minutes)
    • The colours, the movement of the jets, and the effects were chosen as a memorial to the important events commemorated by Place Pierre-Boucher. The rhythm and energy of the jets create tones that call to the walkers in many ways.

    Festive Program, Wow! Like fireworks!

    • From 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. (duration: 20 minutes)
    • Movement accentuates the colourful play of the jets to create a rhythmic and intense show. Come and admire this magnificent diversity; it will leave you breathless.

    The Fountain in the Allée des Commissaires

    The Allée des Commissaires is an extension of the street bearing the same name that officially opened in 1835. The street connected St-François-Xavier Street and des Pins Street (now des Draveurs Street). In 1920, the construction of the Canadian International Paper company and the railway tracks east of Hertel Street brought des Commissaires Street to a sudden halt. Allée des Commissaires is a pedestrian alley enhanced by a fountain and urban art. It was built in honour of the town's Commissioners or Trustees, who were the City's first magistrates before the municipal regime was established in 1845. It is the first physical and visual link between the old urban fabric and the St-Maurice River on the site of Trois-Rivières sur St-Laurent. The alley is home to a themed fountain and two works of art.

    Works Presented:

    Ouverture, 2008, 2009

    The piece entitled Ouverture, created in 2008-2009 by the Centre d’immersion aux arts La Fenêtre, was presented to the City of Trois-Rivières on the occasion of the 375th anniversary of its founding. This piece was created by people living with functional limitations.

    Fierté, 2015

    Through this work, Fierté Mauricienne creates a permanent reminder of its mandate, which is to promote, encourage, generate, and maintain a sense of belonging among the population in our region.

  • Heritage route

    Some of these information panels can be found along the heritage route in the Thematic Route Guide available at the tourist information office.

  • 3 urban circuit


    A one of a kind concept in Quebec! This guided walking tour proposes an original way to learn about Trois-Rivières' history and architecture. With a View Master in hand, you will have access to archival photos of buildings that have been transformed or no longer exist, as well as highlights of the city's history. Nostalgists will be delighted by this cult toy that is sure to bring back happy childhood memories!

    • Departure at Manoir Boucher de Niverville
    • May 20 to September 4, 2017 : From 10 a.m. to 4 :30 p.m.
    • September 5 to October 8, 2017 : From noon to 3 :30 p.m.
    • $5 per person
    • Free for children 6 and under
    • Deposit and identification required
    • To reserve your place, call 819 372-4531


    With family or friends, explore Trois-Rivières’ historic district and downtown area. Using a GPS, you will have to go from one cache to the next and put your heads together to discover the city’s secrets. An activity where archaeology, history, the outdoors, and technology come together!

    • May 20 to September 4, 2017 : From 10 a.m. to 4 :30 p.m.
    • September 5 to October 8, 2017 : From noon to 3 :30 p.m.
    • $5 per person
    • Free for children 6 and under
    • Deposit and identification required
    • To reserve your place, call 819 372-4531


    Taking a page from Paris and Manhattan's soundwalks, Boréalis presents the innovative First "Shift" urban circuit. This circuit lets you discover the first work shift of an employee of CIP, once the biggest paper mill in the world. Filled with rich soundscapes and testimonies, this multi-media tour depicts the history of the mill and its vicinity, enhanced with anecdotes and archival photos.

    • In the heart of the Ste-Cécile neighbourhood, First "Shift" lasts 50 minutes (2 km).
    • Departure from Boréalis
    • Winter Schedule : From September to May (depending on weather conditions), From Tuesday to Sunday, From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Summer Schedule: From June to April, everyday, From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • $5 per person (taxes and iPod rental included)
    • Lasts 50 minutes (2 km)
    • To reserve your place: 818 372-4633


  • Centre d'art des Récollets-St.James

    A unique, historical landmark, St. James Church is one of the oldest buildings in Trois-Rivières, along with Petit Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-du-Cap, Manoir de Tonnancour, and Manoir Boucher de Niverville. Located on des Ursulines Street, in the heart of the Trois-Rivières historical district, this little chapel and its rectory comprise one of the rare vestiges of the Récollets' presence in New France. They also bear witness to the Anglicans' nearly 200-year involvement in the Trois-Rivières community. Also called Récollets-de-Trois-Rivières Historic Site, St. James Church was recognized by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications under the Cultural Property Act on August 14, 2003.

    In 2011, the Anglican community assigned the buildings to the City of Trois-Rivières, which then assigned them to the Corporation de développement culturel de Trois-Rivières in 2013, so it could carry out work.

  • Boréalis, Center of the history of the paper industry

    BORÉALIS is a major tourist attraction in the Mauricie that provides you with a rich experience of discovery! On our guided tour, make discoveries related to the following themes: the forest, the log drive, lumberjacks, and life as a worker in the past. In this former plant turned museum, you can walk through a unique underground reservoir, make your own paper, and undergo experiences sure to stimulate the five senses. Take advantage of this opportunity to lounge in the sun on the outside patio and take an observation tour to behold the beautiful view of the Saint-Maurice River. Come discover this exciting place where you will learn about the adventure-filled history of paper!


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