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—  Town  —
Coordinates: 48°07′N 69°10′W / 48.117°N 69.167°W / 48.117; -69.167Coordinates: 48°07′N 69°10′W / 48.117°N 69.167°W / 48.117; -69.167
Country  Canada
Region Bas-Saint-Laurent
Municipality Les Basques Regional County
 - Total 2.96 sq mi (7.66 km2)
Population (2006)
 - Total 3,500
 - Density 1,182.8/sq mi (456.7/km2)
Website Ville de Trois-Pistoles

Trois-Pistoles is a town in and the seat of the Les Basques Regional County Municipality within the Bas-Saint-Laurent region of Quebec. It is also the county seat. The town is located on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River.

A ferry crosses the river to Les Escoumins on the north shore. The port facilities are also used by fishing boats and scuba divers.

The town is the site of the University of Western Ontario's annual French immersion program, which as existed since 1932. It is the oldest such program in Canada.




According to the Canada 2006 Census:

  • Population: 3,500
  • % Change (2001-2006): -3.7
  • Dwellings: 1,720
  • Area: 7.66 km2 (2.96 sq mi)
  • Density (persons per km² or sq mi): 456.7 km2 (176.3 sq mi)

Origin of the name

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. (Commission de toponymie du Québec)

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Coordinates: 48°07′N 69°10′W / 48.117°N 69.167°W / 48.117; -69.167



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