HISTORY AND MISSION
La Côte-de-Beaupré was one of the first areas to have been settled in the St. Lawrence Valley, as early as the beginning of the 17th century. From the birth of the colony until 1763, the young seigneury welcomed about 170 families of French origin.
The region has many heritage vestiges including the 1653 seigneurial mill and the first home of Samuel de Champlain built outside the walls of Québec. Another historic vestige is the first convent for the education of girls in the rural areas of New France that was built in 1694 at the instigation of the first bishop of the colony, Bishop François de Laval.
The Three Convents is a non-profit social economy organization which was founded in 1984. At the time, it was located in the attic of the Petit-Pré mill(1695). Since 2002, it has been offering its cultural and educational programming in the twice renovated old convent of Château-Richer (1907) . The site has been classified as an archaeological heritage site since 2015. Long known as the Interpretation Centre of the Côte-de-Beaupré, the institution changed its name in 2016 and became Aux Trois Couvents.
Aux trois Couvents is dedicated to the transfer of regional knowledge bylearning, showcasing and promoting the cultural identity of the Côte-de-Beaupré, particularly in a socio-anthropological point of view. A meetingand sharingplace, it works at being an active witness of the history of yesterday and the promoter of the culture of today.