Trois-Rivieres (which translates to ‘Three Rivers’) is located in the Mauricie region of Quebec, Canada. It has earned its name due to its location near the Saint-Maurice and St Lawrence Rivers in which the Saint-Maurice is separated by two islands at the opening, leading to three mouths entering St Lawrence. Expatriates in Trois-Rivieres will be able to explore local sights such as the old city, concentrated by the river along the "Rue des Ursulines”, the Old Prison of Trois-Rivieres which is known as being a historical landmark, as well as the Notre-Dame-du-Cap Basilica and other great attractions. Expats living in Trois-Rivieres will also be able to experience the many festivals which are held in the city each year such as the FestiVoix de Trois-Rivieres, a large musical festival held every summer, and the International Festival of Poetry which celebrates the city’s status as the ‘poetry capital of Quebec’, whilst there are also a number of bars, restaurants and shops in the city to explore.
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Trois-Rivieres has a lower cost of living than many other cities in Quebec and the rest of Canada, and its beautiful surroundings make it a popular place to live. An expatriate moving to Trois-Rivieres will find that the city’s climate features – in typical Canadian fashion – long, cold winters with plenty of snowfall whilst summers tend to be much warmer. Trois-Rivieres benefits from having its own general aviation airport whilst it is well-connected to other parts of Quebec via road and a local bus service operates throughout the city. Expats relocating to Trois-Rivieres with families will find that the city has a number of schools, as well as the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivieres. To get information about moving to Trois-Rivieres from the perspective of fellow expats, individuals should sign up to InterNations and take advantage of its growing online community who may be able to answer any questions you have about moving to Quebec and Trois-Rivieres.
Trois-Rivieres is known for being Canada’s oldest industrial city. Whilst it used to be known for a thriving iron industry, this has now seen a decline, but the paper and pulp industry for which it was once one of the largest producers in the world continues to exist with three mills in the city offering a number of employment opportunities. Expatriates working in Trois-Rivieres may also find work in areas such as technology, with a number of technology parks operating in the city, energy manufacturing, food production, the aeronautical industry and others. Expats living in Trois-Rivieres who are seeking more information about work and life in the city can benefit from signing up to InterNations and using its forums and discussion groups to connect with fellow global minds who may be able to provide useful information about Trois-Rivieres, Canada or simply expat life in general, helping those new to the area to settle in quickly.