Where the Rivière St. Maurice divides into three channels, the town that grew up around it came to be known as Trois-Rivières (Three Rivers). Today it’s a busy industrial hub but still retains pleasant shady streets and historical sites; a bygone iron and steel mill are worth a look. The town is also a good base for exploring the waterfalls and rock faces of the Parc National de la Mauricie, just 64 km (40 miles) away.
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Discover how the Industrial Age evolved in Canada during this scenic and informative, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Boréalis Centre, Multimedia Presentations and Exhibits, Underground Vaults
Depart the pier for the short drive to the former water filtration plant of the old C.I.P. paper mill, now known as the Boréalis Centre. An investment of more than seven million dollars has transformed the plant into a venue of exceptional architectural value, and preserved many of the original internal mechanisms. Through multimedia presentations and exhibits, learn how the paper machine works, and how the water-pumping and filtration systems have shaped the industry. Afterward, visit the underground vaults, see the former water tower with fantastic views of the Saint-Maurice River, and enjoy the huge multimedia fresco to learn all about the forest. Your senses come alive as you feel the heat radiating from the machines, breathe in the smell of paper and hear the noise of the papermaking process.
Forges du Saint-Maurice
Next, re-board your coach and continue on to the Forges du Saint-Maurice, a National Historic Site commemorating the birth of the iron-making industry in Canada. Founded in 1730, the Forges were in use for over 150 years and endured through the various forms of government in that period of Canadian history, from the French Regime to the Confederation.
Iron and Cast-Iron Items, Blast Furnace, Video, Saint-Maurice River
During your guided visit, admire the iron and cast-iron items manufactured at the Forges du Saint-Maurice, see the blast furnace and learn more about the craftsmen who, for 150 years, provided the objects needed for the development and defence of the colony. A video presentation is included, and you can take an optional stroll down to the Saint-Maurice River, which requires 125 steps to return. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 405 yards (about 370 metres), at times over uneven and gravel surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and an optional 125 steps to return from the river at Forge Saint-Maurice. Walking at Boréalis and Forges du Saint-Maurice is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Guests are advised to lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a sweater or light jacket from the ship. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Treat yourself to an authentic Quebecois tradition during this fun-filled, lively and flavourful, half-day excursion to the Sugar Shack.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the Cabane à Sucre (Sugar Shack). Upon arrival, learn about the production of Maple products and evolution of the process over the years, then enter the Main Hall of the Sugar Shack for an evening filled with live entertainment and French-Canadian folklore.
Dinner, Maple Taffy-Pull, Singing, Dancing, Music
A traditional Québécois, all-you-can-eat, family-style meal is served. After dinner, an authentic Québécois maple taffy-pull, a time-honoured tradition, kicks off more singing, dancing and music. At the conclusion of this festive, fun-filled evening, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 100 yards (about 91 metres), at times over uneven and gravel surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Guests are advised to lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring a sweater or light jacket from the ship. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The tour is not exclusive for Silversea guests. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Experience the beauty, history and storied past of Trois-Rivières during this scenic, half-day walking tour of the city's Historical District.
Historical District Walking Tour
Depart the pier for a guided, approximately 90-minute walking tour through the Historical District of Trois-Rivières. Along the way, explore the city's rich and evocative history, culture and 18th-century architecture. Highlights of your walking tour include the Manoir de Tonnancour. Built in 1723 and once a military officer's barracks, the Manoir is now occupied by the Galerie d'art du Parc, a contemporary art exhibition centre.
Place d'Armes and Gothic Cathedral
Next, pass through Place d'Armes, where much of the early fur trading took place, and historic monuments and buildings before arriving at the Gothic Cathedral. Opened in 1858, the Cathedral is adorned with beautiful stained glass windows representing the Litanies of the Virgin.
Old Prison of Trois-Rivières
Your last stop is at the Old Prison of Trois-Rivières. Built in 1822, the prison was designated a historic monument in 1978. Before closing in 1986, Trois-Rivières' Old Prison was the oldest functional corrections establishment in Canada. During your tour, learn about the storied history of the prison, and pass by the original dank, cramped cells and terrifying confinement areas endured by the convicts. Following your visit, you may opt to commence the short walk back to the pier, or visit the Musée Québécois de Culture Populaire on your own before returning to the ship on-foot.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres), at times on uneven surfaces. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a light jacket or sweater from the ship. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Take a fascinating look at how the clergy and religious communities of the area helped shape the city's history and culture. Discover the monasteries, convents, churches and shrines of the area followed by a visit to the magnificent Notre-dame-du-cap Sanctuary, North America's largest place of worship devoted to the Virgin Mary.
The tour begins in the city center as you pass the Ursuline Monastery. The Ursulines were the first community to become established at Trois Rivières in 1697. Continuing past Saint-James Church, Monument to the Frères des Écoles Chrétiennes and the Sacré Cœur Monument, and the Assomption de Marie Cathedral. The Gothic-styled cathedral opened for worship in 1858 and features stained glass windows created by master glass artist Guido Nincheri as well as one of the largest organs in Quebec with 5,751 pipes. Additional highlights include the Précieux-Sang and Carmélites Monasteries, Séminaire Saint-Joseph, Crypt of Father Fréderéric, Convent of the Sœurs de la Charité of Ottowa, and the Manoir des Jésuits.
Next arrive into Cap-de-la-Madeleine on the shores of the St Lawrence River for a visit of Notre-dame-du-cap Sanctuary. With its modern basilica, old sanctuary, impressive stained-glass windows and magnificent gardens, the shrine to the Virgin Mary is both a spiritual and cultural attraction. Opened in 1720, it is the oldest church in the country to have been completely preserved. Pilgrimages to the shrine began in the early 19th century. In 1984, even Pope Jean-Paul II arrived for a visit of the shrine.
Board the coach for the short ride back to the ship.
Please note: This tour involves minimal amount of walking. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Dressing according to the weather; sturdy shoes no sandals, a windbreaker and appropriate and recommended.
Discover the world of Hydro Energy as you explore the past, present and future science of the Cité de l'Énergie!
Hydro Quebec, a state-owned enterprise, is the 4th largest hydropower producer in the world. The province of Quebec has vast hydraulic resources in the form of some 500,000 lakes and 4,500 rivers. This wealth offers immense Hydroelectric potential, and a definite collective asset this province has been able to harness over time.
La Cité de l'Énergie & Multimedia Show
La Cité de l'Énergie is an expansive Energy complex which pays tribute to the heritage of the industrial era of the region. During your visit, enter the heart of the Energy with a multisensory indoor state of the art multimedia show. Set off on a fantastic voyage under the spell of an ageless shaman. Starting from the spark that ignited the magic of fire, travel through the gargantuan explosions that rocked the Cosmos, then experience the forces unleashed by Nature and finally witness the miracle of life in its many forms.
The Observation Tower
Following the show, make your way to the 2nd highest tower in Quebec, a 115-meter-high observation tower. A glass window elevation will take you to the spectacular view of the hydroelectric dams, the aluminum plant as well as the surrounding countryside and Maurice River. This tower framework consists of a humongous pylon that was recovered when a provisional high-voltage transmission line spanning the majestic St. Lawrence River between Grondines and Lotbinière was dismantled.
The Exhibition Hall
Returning to ground level you will pass through the exhibition hall, The Ages of Energy. For millennia, mankind's only sources of energy were fire, wind, water and physical strength. The invention of the steam engine changed things once and for all. More recently, oil and electricity have created a world more dependent on energy than ever. What will tomorrow's energy source be? This dynamic exhibition takes a fresh look at the energy issues that already dominate global headlines!
The Northern Aluminum Station
Following this free time, a short bus transfer will take you to visit the Northern Aluminum Station. Take a stroll through an old penstock, once filled with rushing water and marvel at the industrial technologies that gave birth to modern industrial Québec. During your guided visit of this defunct powerhouse fully refurbished and restored into a spacious exhibition hall, you will be sure to witness the era of bygone power stations!
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Dressing according to the weather; sturdy shoes no sandals, a windbreaker and appropriate clothing are recommended. Please note that visitors aged 18 and over must present identification (driver's license or passport) to enter the Northern Aluminum Company Station.