The Boréalis museum vibrantly brings to life the history and small stories that shaped the region’s industrial landscape.
It’s an ode to the workers of Quebec’s paper industry. It celebrates the lumberjacks and log drivers who risked their lives moving logs down the rivers, and all the workers of an industry that thrived in the 20th century during the heyday of Trois-Rivières, long recognized as the newsprint paper capital of the world. Built in the 1920s and located in the water filtration plant that formerly belonged to the Canadian International Paper Company (CIP), Boréalis is more than a museum – it’s a place where you can experience the human story.
In addition to its historically-focused permanent and temporary exhibitions, visitors can make their own handcrafted paper, take part in an unusual and mysterious scavenger hunt in the heart of the underground vaults, illuminated only with ultraviolet lights, or stimulate their five senses in the 5S passageway, where they can experience the working conditions that factory workers of the period were exposed to, a far cry from today’s comforts. Boréalis is also a lovely natural setting to discover. In the park, located at the confluence of the Saint Maurice and St. Lawrence Rivers, visitors can enjoy the large terrace on nice days and take in the view of the river and Saint Quentin Island nearby.
Bistro Aux Confluents
Boréalis is also the Bistro Aux Confluents, or the art and science of holding you captive in a truly charming place as you sit under a covered terrace with a view of the river while indulging in cuisine featuring regional Quebec products. A little restaurant where freshness is a priority, in a setting that not only blends history and modernity, but provides an outstanding view to boot!
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