The Old Prison

Phone: (819) 372-0406
200 rue Laviolette
Trois Rivières QC G9A 6L5

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Entering the Old Prison of Trois-Rivières is much more than just a visit to a historic building; it’s a glimpse at prisoners’ living conditions in the penal system of the 1960s and 1970s.


The Trois-Rivières prison was built in 1822. Designed by architect François Baillargé, it was designated a historic monument in 1978.

Originally conceived to house around forty inmates, the prison was sometimes packed with more than a hundred. Even today, similar unacceptable penal conditions – some even worse, persist around the world.

The unhealthy conditions of the prison led to many renovations over the years. Before closing in 1986, Trois-Rivières’ Old Prison was the oldest functional corrections establishment in Canada.

Opening Hours

Summer Hours
From June 24th until Labour Day - Open Daily from 10am to 6pm

Winter Hours
From Labour Day until June 23rd - Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm

Admission and ticket info

Adult $8
Child $5
Senior, family and museum package prices also available.

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