5 October 2018:
Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada:
A Visit to the Trifluviens

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

Trois-Rivières, which sits between Quebec City and Montreal, would seem to have name very easy to translate.

It is the city of Three Rivers, oui?

Non.

Okay, peut-être. Perhaps.

Trois-Rivières literally means three rivers.  But there are actually only two rivers there.

The city of about 137,000 people including surrounding communities, is on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River, at the place where the Saint-Maurice River joins the Saint Lawrence River.

So why is not called Deux-Rivières?

In 1535, on a trip along the Saint Lawrence, the French explorer Jacques Cartier stopped to plant a cross on Saint-Quentin island.

Skip ahead to 1599 when the geographer Sieur François Gravé Du Pont sailed upriver toward Montreal. He reported that he saw what appeared to be two separate tributaries joining the Saint Lawrence at this location.

He did not realize that two large islands divide the course of the Saint-Maurice River into three parts as the water flows into the Saint Lawrence.

So, un, deux, trois.

Trois-Rivières was founded as a settlement in 1634, the second permanent habitation in New France, following Quebec City in 1608.

It was cool–some called it cold–this morning, about 4 degrees Celsius or 38 Fahrenheit. That was fine for us, as somewhat-hardy New Englanders.

The colors of fall were on full display as we visited the cathedral, the old prison, and strolled the waterfront on the Saint Lawrence River. Here is some of what we saw:

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