Trois-Pistoles is a city of 3500 people (2011) in Bas St. Laurent in Quebec. It is mainly known to English-speaking Canadians for its homestay language immersion program, which nearly doubles the population of the town each summer.
If you are in Trois-Pistoles, and you’re not a language student, you are likely here because you are going to take a ferry to Les-Escoumins, or because you have just arrived by ferry. Nevertheless, the town is worth a short stopover and a cup of coffee across from the church.
The town is said to have been named for a silver goblet worth three pistoles, an old French coin, that was lost in the river in the 17th century.
- Bureau d’Information Touristique de Trois-Pistoles (Tourist information office), 51 Rte 132 ouest. F-M 09:00-16:00. Information in English and French. (updated Apr 2019)
- 1 Trois-Pistoles railway station, 231 Rue de la Gare. One train, Montreal-Halifax, calls three times per week in each direction in the middle of the night (updated Nov 2018)