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Old Jail of Trois-Rivieres

200, Laviolette Street, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec G9A 6L5, Canada
+1 819-372-0406
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Scary and facinating

Old prison which surprisingly was in operation until 1986 with unreal living conditions. Quite... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JpParent
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Terrebonne
Wow wow wow

Incredible that we kept men, women and juveniles in a prison like this until 1986. 18 to a cell... read more

Reviewed July 4, 2018
Malcolm G
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Mississauga, Canada
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Part of the Musee POP, The Old Prison of Trois-Rivieres opened in 1822 and was classified a historic monument. The guides (some of them are former inmates) will tell you about life in this prison closed in 1986 for unhealthy conditions. The cells and insolation cells will surely make you feel happy to be free! Time required for the visit: 1h15. The visit is not recommended for children under 12. Last visit one hour and a half before closing time.
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200, Laviolette Street, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec G9A 6L5, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Old prison which surprisingly was in operation until 1986 with unreal living conditions. Quite disturbing to hear and see where these people were forced to live in

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Claire P, Responsable relations publiques at Old Jail of Trois-Rivieres, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks JpParent!

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Reviewed July 4, 2018

Incredible that we kept men, women and juveniles in a prison like this until 1986. 18 to a cell designed for 6. Cells had no toilets or running water or A/C or proper heating. And the isolation cells called 'holes' in the basement actually had...More

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Claire P, Responsable relations publiques at Old Jail of Trois-Rivieres, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2018

Thanks Malcom G for your comment.

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Reviewed May 31, 2018

As Louise Penny fans, my family and I were first lured into the Old Jail of Trois-Rivieres by the literary connection, but we discovered so much more. We had a fabulous, knowledgeable, and patient tour guide who delighted in sharing stories with us. This is...More

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Claire P, Responsable des relations publiques at Old Jail of Trois-Rivieres, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2018

Thanks ErinnElisabeth!

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Reviewed April 21, 2018 via mobile

We were here today and Réjean’s life story as an old inmate here was inspiring and fascinating! Its a must!

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Reviewed March 9, 2018

It's a beautiful place. The construction, the thickness of the wall are most impressive. The history behind the place is very interesting. It is a prison though, full of echoes of the past.......

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Reviewed January 25, 2018

On a recent cruise to Canada we visited the old jail. I had seen this on the internet when I researched the town. We had a guide to show us around. He was very informative and we spent a good hour being shown around and...More

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Reviewed January 7, 2018

We visited the old jail as a family, me, my parents, my sister and our two teens and it was quite impressive. The guide we had was quite good and colorful ...it is quite interesting to hear them talk about the history of the jail......More

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Reviewed December 31, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited the old prison and jumped into a tour last minute. The gentleman guiding our goup was a former innate and gave us his own personal perspective of the history and logistics of the prison system. He didn't speak much English...More

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Reviewed August 24, 2017

...in the heart of town enclosed by a museum. It's interesting to see how this prison lasted till the late 1980's with so little amenities of any kind. Tour guides consist of released prisoners who experienced this place.

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Claire P, Responsable des relations publiques at Old Jail of Trois-Rivieres, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2017

Thank you Desertconcierge for your comments

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Reviewed August 14, 2017

We had a chance to go visit this old jail in Trois-Rivieres last week. Nice experience Something to do.. but will not go back They offer limited visits for young persons.. they actually don't allow under 12 and it's not quite advertised.... be warned -...More

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Claire P, Responsable des relations publiques at Old Jail of Trois-Rivieres, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2017

Hi Stephane 1592, First of all, it is true that the visit of the Old Jail is not available for children under 12 years old. Indeed, the visit includes testimonies on prison life that could be disturbing for young children. You can find this information...More

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Vera B
August 7, 2018|
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Response from ErinnElisabeth | Reviewed this property |
Hi Vera - I would suggest reaching out to the tourism group (link below) and seeing if you can request an English tour. They were very accommodating when we were there and I think you're giving the plenty of advanced... More
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MddieCanada
September 27, 2017|
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Response from Claire P | Property representative |
Hi MddieCanada, Unfortunatly, the Old Jail will be closed on October 10. During Fall (after October 9) and Winter, the Old Jail is opened only Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm. Sorry! Claire Plourde Communication... More
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Steve F
July 7, 2015|
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Hi Steve F, You could walk from the Cruise ship dock, it is only 5 minutes to the Old Jail.
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