Papermaking at Boréalis Museum
On October 12, 2017, we headed towards Trois-Rivières to tour the Boréalis museum to learn about the history of the pulp and paper industry in Québec. Trois-Rivières built its reputation as Canada’s oldest industrial city back in the early 18th century when iron production was established. Its paper business boomed in the 1920s when newsprint came in heavy demand. Situated downstream from a dense forest, the location of this town made it an ideal site for paper making.
We explored the museum with an audio guided tour, and listened to interviews from retired loggers who recounted stories of their dangerous work and harsh living conditions. You get to see and learn about each stage of the paper making process: wood chipping, chemical pulping, pulp cleaning and filtering, spreading the pulp over fine meshes, drying the sheets between steam heated rollers, and ironing and collecting the paper on rolls.
Hiking in La Mauricie National Park
We had built up an appetite after much learning and enjoyed a beautiful picnic in the sun. We drove northbound towards La Mauricie National Park to enjoy some nature and hiking. And to our surprise, we discovered a warm shower (at the rate of $1 for 4 minutes)! I learned that a 4 minute hot shower is actually plenty of time, and it made us think about how much water we waste in our everyday lives.