The port of Trois-Rivières is proud to invest in projects that encourage a sense of pride and community ownership. It supports many foundations and local initiatives such as the following:
TRPA was pleased in 2016 to partner with a local microbrewery, Le temps d’une pinte, to launch a new beer christened La Débardeur (the longshoreman). It pays tribute to all the longshoremen who have worked at the port of Trois-Rivières since its beginnings in 1882. Following the original recipe of the porter drunk by port workers in Great Britain at the beginning of the century, Le Temps d’une Pinte imported a very specific malted barley shipped by boat (of course) to the port of Trois-Rivières, with longshoremen unloading the barley into G3’s grain elevators.
Trois-Rivières’ industrial heritage
At the beginning of the 20th century, Trois-Rivières witnessed an unprecedented expansion of its manufacturing base, consisting mostly of pulp and paper mills and supporting service industries. The port supported this growth by constructing facilities to meet the needs of the new industries. Shed 1 is the last remaining building from this era. Built in the 1930s, it is a unique building. Built with virtually unequalled strength and durability, the building is a testament to the industrial era experienced by the City. Inside Shed 1, we can still see the retractable bridges that once facilitated the handling of paper. Outside, giant wooden ramps extend out from the warehouse doors so that the longshoremen could roll the rolls of newsprint, which weighed around 350 kilogrammes each, aboard ships.
Shed 1 has been talked about for years in Mauricie. This is because it is the last major industrial structure between the downtown of Trois-Rivières, and the Harbourfront Park along the St-Mauricie River that has yet to find a 21st century purpose. Both the City and the Port want to see this jewel of the industrial era immortalized in the City’s landscape by finding an appropriate vocation for this massive structure.
In addition, to relocate the industrial activities taking place in the tourist areas adjacent to the port, Port of Trois-Rivières has developed new indoor and outdoor storage spaces for several years, away from these tourist areas. To further minimize industrial traffic, the new Industrial Port Zone will focus future relocation of industry to this area, for the benefit of city dwellers and tourist operators.
While Shed 1 is still used as a warehouse until it gets a new purpose, the Port has associated itself with the Festivoix organization to offer in 2016 a priviledged access to the building to the festival-goers. The festival offered nine days of events, including over 100 shows on 15 indoor and outdoor stages installed in a unique setting—on the shores of the St. Lawrence River and in the heart of historic Old Trois-Rivières.
For a short period when the shed was not used for warehousing goods, the Port opened its doors to the community. Festivoix set up a stage in the building and allowed major choirs to perform there. Thus, thousands of people left with an enjoyable memory of this mythical place.
Another project improving riverside access
After the Port built the waterfront Hector-Louis-Langevin Park a few years ago at the cost of $500,000, a new walking path was completed at the end of the summer of 2016. Lighting, a sidewalk, and landscaping have made the area leading to the park more pleasant and, more importantly, safer. People in the neighbourhood and people who work downtown can now access the riverfront more easily. They can also watch nearby activities at the port. As part of the Port’s sustainable development efforts, some 30 trees were also planted along port limits.