A wealth of natural and cultural heritage
From the banks of the St. Lawrence, the Mauricie extends into the heart of the boreal forest, stretching over 40,000 km² (15,500 sq mi.). The King’s Road (Chemin du Roy), Canada’s first carriageway, runs along the river as it travels through Trois-Rivières, midway between Montréal and Québec City.
The backcountry, a vast forested domain dotted with lakes and rivers, is a veritable outdoor paradise. Long the realm of the lumberjack and the log driver, the Mauricie has developed a successful hydroelectric industry.
- With its endless supply of the great outdoors, the Mauricie has 75 outfitters to delight hunters and fishers. These quality establishments have attracted such distinguished outdoorsmen as Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Winston Churchill!
- The Parc national de la Mauricie serves up some of the most spectacular views in the region plus a wide range of outdoor activities, including hiking, canoeing and kayaking. Two large wildlife reserves (Mastigouche and Saint-Maurice) and a few parks serve as the backdrop for the most beautiful rivers in the region.
- Historically speaking, the Heritage Trail in the historic quarter of Trois Rivières showcases the heritage of this city, founded in 1634 at the point where the St. Lawrence and the Saint-Maurice rivers meet, including the Forges, which preserves vestiges of the first iron enterprise in Canada.
- The region’s industrial heritage is on display at the Cité de l'Énergie theme park, bordering Shawinigan falls.
- Religion is still alive and well, as the Our Lady of the Cape Shrine attests, a major Marian sanctuary that dates back to the 17th century.
- And the Mauricie loves a good party, so don’t miss the Festival Western de Saint-Tite and the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières.