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Museum in Trois-Rivières

Musée Québécois de Culture Populaire

One of the most interesting stops in the area, this museum's changing exhibits cover the gamut from folk art to pop culture, delving into the social and cultural life of the Québécois. Recent exhibits include a quir…
Museum in Trois-Rivières

Vieille Prison

Tour guides, including some former inmates, bring the harsh realities of the lock-up vividly to life during 90-minute tours that include a stop at dank underground cells known as 'the pit.' English tours run between…
Cathedral in Trois-Rivières

Cathédrale de l'Assomption

Church fans should make a beeline to this colossal cathedral, a soaring neo-Gothic confection with exquisite sculpture and 125 intricate Florentine stained-glass windows by Guido Nincheri.
Museum in Trois-Rivières

La Domaine Joly de Lotbinière

This stately museum between Trois-Rivières and Québec City was built for Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière (1849–1908), a premier of Québec. This is one of the most impressive manors built during the seignorial perio…
Museum in Trois-Rivières

Musée des Ursulines

For a slice of the town's religious history, stop at this former hospital founded by Ursuline nuns in 1639. It forms a pretty backdrop for the fine collection of textiles, ceramics, books and prints related to relig…
Church in Trois-Rivières

Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-du-Cap

In nearby Cap de la Madeleine (take bus 2), about 4km northeast of the center, the grand Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-du-Cap looks like a spaceship sitting on a launch pad. Up to 1660 worshippers can congregate underneath …
Museum in Trois-Rivières

Les Forges-du-St-Maurice

About 7km northwest of the center (take bus 4), Les Forges-du-St-Maurice is a national historic site preserving the 18th-century birthplace of the Canadian iron industry. Costumed guides take you around the grounds …
Cafe in Trois-Rivières

Café Morgane

On most afternoons, this branch of a local chain is the busiest spot in Trois-Rivières. Espresso, herbal teas and decadent sweets infuse the airy space with delightful smells. There's a free wi-fi connection here.
Science Center in Mauricie

Cité de l'Énergie

Built around a 1901 hydroelectric power station and the country's oldest aluminum smelter, the 'City of Energy' celebrates the region's industrial legacy. Learn about turbines, electrochemistry, aluminum and pulp an…
Park in Parc National du Canada de la Mauricie

La Mauricie National Park

This park covers 550 sq km, straddling northern evergreen forests and the more southerly hardwoods of the St Lawrence River Valley. The low, rounded Laurentian Mountains, which are among the world's oldest, are part…