This historic site brings to life the story of Jean Pierre Roma, the French merchant who in 1732 established an international trading post at Trois Rivières. Today Roma at Three Rivers’ time is given life through lively interactive programs such as the Pioneer Festival and Heritage Lunches.
The history buff who wants to explore independently can follow the 9 km of forested trails along the Brudenell and Montague Rivers complete with interpretive signs along the 1 km-long Heritage Trail portion. As well artifacts from the time of Roma (1732 to 1745) unearthed in 1970 are on display in the Heritage building adjacent to the Pavilion where many of the Roma events are held.
Jean Pierre Roma National Historic Site of Canada
Jean Pierre Roma, a visionary French businessman, sailed three boats to the future Roma Site in June 1732. Roma and his men set to work and within a few years, his crew had cleared 200 acres and had constructed nine buildings as part of Roma’s plan … an international trade centre.
Roma’s boats transported dried cod, trade goods and alcohol along a network between France, the West Indies, Fortress Louisbourg, and Quebec. And Roma’s crew constructed many of PEI’s first roads connecting his Site with St Peters Bay and Port La Joye and many other locations.
Roma’s Site lasted only 13 years when in July 1745 it was burned to the ground by British Privateers. 275 years have passed since the burning and sacking of Roma’s Settlement in 1745.
On August 8th and 9th, 2020 experience the Great Escape of 1745 when an unforeseen tragedy strikes Roma’s Settlement. The harrowing stories of that fateful day come alive as told by Jean Pierre Roma, his children & his servants
Dates of Operation:
June – September
Tours, group rates and facility rental. We would be happy to work with you to customize a visit to the site according to the interests of your group and the time frame you have in mind.
Roma at Three Rivers’ Heritage Food
Savour a heritage lunch or afternoon tea prepared on site with fresh bread baked in Roma’s outdoor oven. Both are served by costumed interpreters with traditional French music playing in the background. The Pavilion is fully accessible and licensed.
Sample of Experience & Activities:
Bread-making – Join our baker as she demonstrates the method of bread-making using Roma’s outdoor clay oven. Same the finished bread, served with molasses – YUM!
Daily Life in the 1730’s – Explore the world of clothes, personal hygiene, etiquette, social graces and daily chores in the life of a 1730’s family.
The 1730’s Cod Industry – Our fisherman will tell you all about the marvelous cod; how it was fished and eaten and its great importance for the economy.
Authentic Activities – Dress up in period costumes, try games & toys of Roma’s times, write with a quill pen, or help make a fishnet, to name a few.