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2nd October, 2017

Trois Rivieres

The great weather continued this morning with a delightful autumnal morning as we made our approach to the port of “Trois Rivieres”( The Three Rivers). With only a 1 knot current running this morning it was more “relaxed”arrival than yesterday’s maiden arrival to Levis, Quebec. The ship glided gently towards the dock and landed so gently on the fenders no-one would have known we had arrived!!

Founded in 1634, Trois Rivieres is the 2nd oldest French speaking city in North America and is located at the confluence of the Saint Maurice and Saint Lawrence rivers, and opposite the city of Becancour on the south side of the river. It is part of the densely populated Quebec City Windsor Corridor and is located halfway between Montreal and Quebec City. It was founded on July 4th 1634, the 2nd permanent settlement in New France, after Quebec City in 1608.The city’s name, there rivers, is named for the fact that the Saint-Maurice River, which is divided by two small Islands at the river’s opening, has three mouths at the Saint Lawrence River.

There were 4 tours on offer today including the Maurice National Park Scenic Drive; Religious Heritage of the Region; and Historic Trois Rivieres Walking Tour. For those not on a shore excursion the city lends itself admirably to discover on foot. The central business district bustles with activity while the adjacent historic quarter beckons visitors to step back into the fascination of a bygone era. Parisian style cafes, quaint boutiques, writers bars, artists workshops, unconventional museums and National Historic sites are all within a short walk.

With everyone on board by 1230 we made our preparations for departure and continued our passage up river towards Montreal. Once again we had a great turnout from the locals who waved us on our way and to have a relaxing afternoon and evening sailing up the St Lawrence river. The two pilots we had for the river transit commented that most cruise ships sailed overnight to arrive in Montreal in the morning and what a great idea of Saga Cruises to enable our guests to experience the river transit in the daytime.

Captain Julian Burgess

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