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Trois-Rivieres is located in the Mauricie region of Quebec and is, in fact, one of Canada’s oldest settlements at over 400 years old. The city, which is
French for "three rivers", is situated halfway between Montréal and Québec City and sits on the Saint-Maurice and Saint Lawrence Rivers. The area forms
part of the Quebec City-Windsor corridor and is the urban centre of the Mauricie region.
French is the official spoken language and is used by roughly 97% of the workplace. The city has a population of 132,000 and spans an area of around 128 sq. miles. To celebrate its immense history, the city has a number of historic attractions such as museums, art galleries, and boutiques. The city has a large Catholic population (around 93%), with a very small population of ethnic groups.
Trois-Rivieres was once known as the pulp and paper industry of the world and had a booming textiles and iron industry.
Although production has slowed down dramatically due a decline in demand, the city has revitalised its economy with technology parks and taken advantage of its central location close to Montreal and Quebec City and the University.
Other major industries in the city include electronics, thermoplastic, food crop production, and the aeronautical industry.
The area has a humid continental climate, with long and snowy winters and pleasant summers.
Temperatures in winter drop to -20°C roughly 30 days a year and the city sees constant snow coverage between December to March. Summer is fairly warm, with temperatures reaching mid-20s in June, July, and August.
Trois-Rivieres has a very strong culture and is officially named as the "Poetry Capital of Quebec". It also hosts the International Festival of Poetry, as well as the FestiVoix de Trois-Rivieres music festival, which is a 10-day annual summer event that attracts around 300,000 visitors. In 2009, the city was also named as the Cultural Capital of Canada.
City: 333.70 km2
Land: 288.90 km2
Metro: 1,041.15 km2
Trois-Rivieres has a booming tourism industry due to its immense history. As one of Québec’s top tourist attractions, the city sees around 2.2
million visitors from cruise ships per year, as well as 1.2 million overnight stays which generate around $168 million in revenue.
Trois-Rivieres’ attractions offer a glimpse into the history of the city. Museums such as the Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site and the Pulp and Paper Industry Exhibition Centre provide an insight into the area’s most prominent industries, and the Quebec Museum of Folk Culture offers exhibitions on culture. The Old Prison of Trois-Rivieres is also a popular attraction among tourists. Other famous attractions include the city’s international race track, the Circuit Trois-Rivieres, which has been home to the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres since 1967. The city also has a baseball team and ice hockey team.
Trois-Rivieres is small enough to maintain a community sense and slower pace of life. The municipalities within Les Chenaux were amalgamated into Trois-Rivieres in the Quebec municipal reorganisations of 2002, and the city now has 6 prominent areas. The areas include Pointe-du-Lac, located north-west of Lake Saint-Pierre and west of Trois-Rivieres’ urban centre, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, which is famous for its Basilica, Saint-Louis-de-France, Sainte-Marthe-du-Cap, and Trois-Rivieres-Ouest.
The housing market in Trois-Rivieres is much more affordable than other cities in Canada. Median house prices are around $160,000, which are considered to be average compared to
the rest of Quebec. Trois-Rivieres has a huge variety of properties to suit budgets and preferences, with apartments generally being more expensive than houses. Condominium
construction is strong, and the home market is favourable for buyers.
The rental market remains fairly stable, with steady migration and job market strength ensuring a continual demand. However, rental construction is set to slow down in the coming years due to the proportion of unoccupied rental units.
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The following table, based on data taken from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA’s) National MLS® Report for April 2016 (the latest information available), demonstrates how homes in LSTAR’s jurisdiction continue to maintain their affordability compared to other major Quebec and Canadian centres.
Trois-Rivieres is home to 28 elementary schools and 7 secondary schools. The Quebec education system is governed by local school boards, and
there are a number of publically funded English and French schools in the Quebec province. According to the Charter of French Language, all
students must attend a French language school except in specific circumstances. English is also taught as a second language. Alongside public
schools, there are a number of private institutions in Trois-Rivieres and Quebec has the highest percentage of students attending independent
or private schools in North America.
The Université du Québec à Trois-Rivieres is also a popular post-secondary establishment and attracts students and experts from around the world. The campus is located in the heart of the city and is known for its excellence. The University also offers French immersion programs to help non-francophones integrate into the University culture.