Trois-Rivieres, Quebec is situated in the Mauricie area of the province. The city of Trois-Rivieres can be found at the convergence of the Saint-Maurice and saint Lawrence Rivers. The city is found in the Mauricie administrative region on the north coast of the Saint Lawrence River. It lies across from the city of Becancour.
Trois-Rivieres is an area considered to be part of the densely inhabited Quebec City-Windsor Corridor. This stretches roughly halfway between Quebec City and Montreal. Trois-Rivieres was established on the 4th of July, the year 1634 and was the second permanent settlement within New France, after Quebec City was founded in the year 1608. Trois-Rivieres forms the economic and cultural center of the Mauricie region.
Trois-Rivieres is French for three rivers. The city's name is derived from the fact that the Saint Maurice River is separated by 2 small islands at the opening of the river and has 3 mouths at the Saint Lawrence River. Initially, Trois-Rivieres was called in English as Three Rivers. In recent decades, the name has been accustomed to be Trois-Rivieres in both French and English. The Anglicized version of the name still is found in numerous places all around town, bearing witness to the influence of English inhabitants within the area. "Trifluviens" is the name given to the town's inhabitants.
The region was the summer location for the Abenakis and Algonquins for numerous years prior to European settlement. Jacques Cartier, the French explorer described the location in 1535 upon his 2nd journey to the New World. It was Captain Dupont-Grave who actually utilized the name "Trois-Rivieres during 1599 and during 1601, the name first appeared on the maps of the area.
The city had its first foundry established in 1738 and it is the oldest industrial city in the country. For 150 years, the forge produced iron; much of it was to be utilized in Royal Navy ships and was shipped to iron. In the year 1818, the very first port facility was constructed near rue Saint-Antoine, and currently deals with 2.5 million tons of cargo every year. During 1879, the very first railway was built to be able to support the growing lumber industry within the area.
In an attempt to revitalize the region, Trois Rivieres has established several new technology parks. Trois-Rivieres is taking advantage of its central location to both Montreal and Quebec City, along with its port and university. Marmen Incorporated is an example of the new economy. They employ 1000 people between operations within the city of Trois-Rivieres and Matane and are responsible for manufacturing wind turbine towers.
The city's top businesses include electronics, metal transformation, thermoplastics, the production of food crops and cabinet making. Adjoining the Trois-Rivieres Airport is an industrial park which serves as major centre for the aeronautical business.