Trois-Rivières - Best Cities

Trois-Rivières

With a gorgeous St. Lawrence perch equidistant—90 minutes—from Montréal and Québec City, Trois-Rivières is a stealth cauldron of history and modern francophone culture. North America’s second-oldest French-speaking city is a walkable feast, its historic district revealing parks and green space that reward a bit of stair climbing with epic vistas over both the St. Lawrence and the trois Saint-Maurice rivers. With green gems like Harbourfront Park and Le Platon, you’ll be asking yourself how Trois-Rivières is only ranked #32 for Parks & Outdoors. But it’s the three centuries of city building that really captivates visitors and proud locals—along with its modern activation. Places like the Galerie d’art du Parc art exhibition centre are housed in stately colonial architecture, while the Musée des Ursulines calls an old monastery home. Small wonder that the city ranks #13 in the country for Museums and #16 for Sights & Landmarks, made all the more accessible with the new $45 museums pass. But it’s the city’s #11 finish in our Programming category—from its #19 Restaurants ranking to #6 for Theatres—where the local joie de vivre is evident. Living in a place with top five Income Equality (with single-family homes under $175,000) would cheer anyone up.