Three Rivers, QC
Your port of call today is charming Three Rivers, QC, also known as Trois-Rivières in French. This morning select from two optional tours: “Churches of Trois-Rivières” to admire the stunning architecture, or a Heritage Walking Tour. This evening, enjoy a special opportunity to visit the Musèe des Ursulines, a short walk from the ship, and listen to a private organ recital inside the museum’s awe-inspiring chapel.
Optional Excursions and Activities
*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.
Churches of Trois-Rivieres
Take a fascinating look at how the clergy and religious communities of the area helped shape the city’s history and culture. You will discover the area’s monasteries, churches and shrines and then visit the magnificent Our Lady of the Cape Shrine, North America’s largest place of worship devoted to the Virgin Mary. Your tour begins in the city centre as you pass the Musée des Ursulines. The Ursulines were the first community to become established at Trois-Rivières in 1697. Continuing past Saint-James Church and the Sacré Coeur Monument, you will make your way to 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 Father Frédéric museum and the Manoir des Jésuites. You will then make your way to Cap-de-la-Madeleine on the shores of the St Lawrence River for a visit of the Our Lady of the Cape 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.
The Great Industrial Adventure: Iron, Pulp & Paper
Journey back in time to discover the birth and rise of Canada’s industrial heritage. Trois-Rivières was once known as the pulp and paper capital of the world. You will discover an important chapter in the city’s history with a visit to Boréalis, a magnificent centre dedicated to the history of the paper industry. Located in the former water filtration plant of the C.I.P. paper mill, the plant has been transformed, through an investment of over seven million dollars, into an exceptional architectural venue with the preservation of many of the original internal mechanisms. Through multimedia presentations and exhibitions, the former lumberjacks, raftsmen and workers tell the story of their travels and their work, revealing their personal history and ours. You will also have an opportunity to discover how a paper-making machine works, experiment with water pumping and filtration, and feel the heat, smell, humidity and noise of the paper industry of the 20th century. Other highlights include the original underground vaults, the former water tower with fantastic views of the Saint-Maurice River, and the huge multimedia fresco where you will learn all about the forest. Your next visit will be to Forges du Saint-Maurice, a National Historic site commemorating the birth of Canada’s iron-making industry as well as the first industrial community in the country. Founded in 1730 on the banks of the Saint-Maurice River, 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. You will have an opportunity to turn back the hands of time and experience life from a bygone era as you learn about the rise and development of the iron-making industry in Canada.