Of the many attractions in Trois-Rivières, Boréalis is one site that should not be missed. Having grown up in this city, I thought I knew all the interesting spots to visit, and yet I was unaware until recently that this exhibit on the pulp and paper industry existed.
They've done a brilliant job of converting an old filtration plant into a museum on this industry that contributed so much to the growth of Trois-Rivières in the 20th century. Located where the the St. Maurice River flows into the St. Lawrence River, Boréalis offers a spectacular view of the beach on St. Quentin Island across the way and of the south shore off to the right.
Our French-speaking guide, Marie-Joelle, was quite knowledgeable about the pulp and paper industry, the lives of the workers and their families, and the impact the industry had and still has on the city of Trois-Rivières. This one-hour tour is content-rich and well worth the price charged for the basic tour ($9.25 for an adult, $6.25 for a student or senior). If you don't mind climbing up and down some stairs, you'll enjoy your visit.
Just for the breath-taking view, we'd suggest you try out the museum restaurant, Aux Confluents Bistro, which was closed when we were there.
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