Rich in Heritage and Culture

Western University's French Immersion School is located in Trois-Pistoles, Quebec, approximately 230km from Quebec City on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River en route to the Gaspé peninsula. The town overlooks the river from a high bluff, one kilometer from the water. The long main street is lined with colourful brick and wooden houses constructed in the style of old Quebec. The town’s main intersection is marked by the post office, the city hall, and the magnificent stone church whose triple spires serve as a landmark for river traffic. Ninety years ago, Western chose to locate its French immersion school here because of the town’s charm, intimate size, hospitality, and its friendly, French-speaking milieu. These qualities still characterize Trois-Pistoles today.

In Trois-Pistoles, French is the language of everyday life: on the streets, in shops, restaurants, and homes. The whole town is your campus – a living language laboratory.


In Trois-Pistoles and the surrounding region, you will find all the services necessary to make your stay a pleasant experience. Shopping malls, specialized boutiques, shops selling any number of goods, health services, stalls where artisans display their works, professional services, and banking institutions all contribute to the high quality of life available in the area.

Public Transportation

There is no public transportation in Trois-Pistoles.  Although the majority of homes are within easy walking distance to the school, most participants will rent a bicycle for the duration of their stay.  


Trois-Pistoles is located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence and the climate is similar to that of the northern maritimes.   As such, the weather is often variable and subject to sudden change.  It is not unusual for the months of May and June to be wet and cool. In July and August, the temperature usually varies between 22 and 28 degrees Celsius.

We recommend that you bring warm clothes as well as rain clothes and walking shoes.

Climate data for Trois-Pistoles
Month May Jun Jul Aug
Record high °C (°F) 31.7
Average high °C (°F) 14.3
Daily mean °C (°F) 9.3
Average low °C (°F) 4.2
Record low °C (°F) −7.2
Precipitation mm (inches) 88.3







Légende du cheval noir  (Texte de Normand Théberge et Denise Côté)

Lors de la construction de la cinquième église de 1882-1887, on put compter sur un cheval noir d'une vigueur exceptionnelle. Ce cheval apparut sans que personne ne sache d'où il venait et on s'en servit pour transporter la pierre de l'église d'en bas jusque sur la côte où on érigeait la nouvelle construction. Or, c'était le diable lui-même à qui on ne devait jamais enlever sa bride. Malheureusement, quelqu'un passa outre la recommandation et le cheval disparut aussitôt, les travaux n'étant pas encore terminés. D'ailleurs, une pierre manque toujours à l'église au sommet d'un des murs.