Troisrivieres, Canada Cruise Port

While there may be only two rivers that meet at the cruise port of Trois-Rivières, Canada, the English translation "Three Rivers" comes from very specific geography: the Saint-Maurice River has three mouths where it flows into the Saint Lawrence River. Located in the Mauricie administrative region of the province of Quebec across the river from the town of Bécancour, Trois-Rivières is the region's economic and cultural hub. Settled by the French and English, the town is a mixture of both languages. Like many French-Canadian towns, French explorer Jacques Cartier passed through here in 1535, although it was Captain Dupont-Gravé who gave the town its name in 1599. Although Montreal and Quebec City attract more tourists, Trois-Rivières is considered one of the province's principal medium-sized cities and has been steadily expanding its cultural institutions and attractions since the 1960s. Here are some of our favorite experiences when cruising to Trois-Rivières, Canada:
 
  • Old Prison of Trois-Rivières functioned as a jail between 1822 and 1986; today, it features guided tours, some of whom are former inmates, who take you through dark, underground cells and dungeons known as "The Pit." If this doesn't scare you straight, nothing will.
     
  • The Quebec Museum of Folk Culture or Musée Québécois de Culture Populaire displays a collection of regional folk art, often with a quirky slant (such as Toys throughout History). Check out the interactive Discovery Area where kids of all ages can have fun.
     
  • The Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-du-Cap (also called Our Lady of the Cape Shrine) is right on the shores of the St. Lawrence River and is the largest Marian shrine in Canada. The chapel was built in 1720. Take in the breathtaking stained-glass windows, stroll the gardens, and learn about how the statue of Mary supposedly opened her eyes in front of witnesses.
     
  • An oasis that lets you get away from building-hopping, the Parc de l'ile Saint-Quentin has a beach, paths to wander along the river, and picnic areas for a nosh. There's also a pool if you prefer to swim there instead of in the river. It's a great place to skate in winter, too.

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