February 20, 2012
With its first two international cruise ships scheduled to call in this year, 2012 is shaping up to be a defining year for our port of call at Trois Rivières. The Balmoral, operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Line, will drop anchor at Trois-Rivières on September 20th, followed several days later on September 26th by Saga Cruise’s Quest for Adventure. The team at Trois-Rivières is particularly proud of these developments which come in the wake of years of hard work promoting the numerous attributes and attractions of this port of call with cruise line operators.
Accordingly, cruiseshippers will have the pleasure of discovering the energy, vitality and effervescence of Trois-Rivières. This port of call features a lively, decidedly urban component and a grand, bigger-than-life wilderness component in the form of La Mauricie National Park.
TRès festive, Trois-Rivières is a city to be discovered on foot. Visitors will revel in the bustling city centre and abundance of intriguing walking tour alternatives certain to pique their curiosity. Quaint cafés, sunny terraces, shops brimming with interesting finds and pedestrian-only streets can all be found just a stone's throw from the port. Equally festive, the riverfront promenades adjacent to the city centre have been developed for both pedestrians and cyclists who will delight in the spirited ambience of the surroundings which include a public market bursting with regional produce.
TRès expressive, the City of Trois-Rivières each year plays host to numerous festivals and all manner of artists: poets, singers, musicians and comedians who perform throughout the year. Sports lovers will delight in the action-packed summer weekend in August when the city hosts the Trois-Rivières Grand Prix which incorporates one of the events on the NASCAR circuit.
TRès rich in its 375 years of history, our port of call at Trois-Rivières comes replete with museums, interpretive centres, churches and galleries which recount the passage of time across the region. Notre-Dame-du-Cap Shrine, one of Québec’s leading religious heritage sites is located only kilometres from the port. This shrine is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and each year draws thousands of pilgrims from around the world.
TRès close to nature and La Mauricie National Park, cruiseshippers have ample time to treat themselves to a brief wilderness getaway. Whether for a short jaunt on foot along the park’s hiking trails or peaceful kayak or canoe outing, it is possible to experience nature at its best in a protected space where the flora and fauna regularly remind us how infinitely small we really are.
This new Saint Lawrence port of call is certain to prove popular with cruiseshippers. And growing numbers of cruise lines will doubtless opt to drop anchor at Trois-Rivières in the coming years. The Seabourn Sojourn, operated by Yachts of Seabourn, has already announced a stopover in 2013!
Don’t wait! Trois-Rivières is TRès ripe with the promise of discovery!