The origins of the name “Shawinigan“ go back to well before any Europeans arrived in North America. It is an Algonquin word that means “portage over the crest”. The Amerindians gave this name to the majestic waterfall whose steep, rocky face they had to climb if they wanted to continue their route on the Saint Maurice River. This waterfall, 50 metres high, was famous outside Québec and even outside Canada: some called Shawinigan the “Niagara of the East”. Born with the creation of hydro-electric power stations and increasing industrialisation, Shawinigan is considered one of the major historical sites in the industrial development of Canada. It was the first Canadian city to produce aluminum, the first Québec city to have an overall city plan and the first city in Québec to have electric lighting in its streets – an innovation that earned Shawinigan the title of “City of Lights”.
Share the experiences of Québec’s 11 First Nations peoples when you visit this unique interpretive village dedicated to promoting awareness of the different Amerindian cultures.
Annik Doucet has taken advantage of her two passions, pottery and bees, to open her boutique/workshop, Terramiel, in 2005 in Sainte-Flore-de-Grand-Mère. Her pottery creations are both decorative and useful.
5125, 35e Rue, Shawinigan, G9T 3N5
Telephone : 819-533-4854
Feast your eyes on some of the most amazing stained glass windows in North America. Created by Italian artist Guido Nincheri, between 1930 and 1965.
792, avenue Hemlock, Shawinigan, G9N 1S7
Telephone : 819-536-5171
Open since 2006, “La Citrouillerie” welcomes you to a 5-hectare field where you can pick your own pumpkins and squash. The reception booth sells over 20 different pumpkin products.
2321, avenue Tour du Lac, Lac-à-la-Tortue, G0X 1L0
Telephone : 819-538-0122
Throughout the year the Centre d’exposition shows the work of professional visual artists as well as scientific, educational and heritage-related exhibits.
2100, boul. des Hêtres, Shawinigan G9N 8R8
The only one of its kind in the Mauricie, outdoor activity with 2 networks of lofty circuits that include a total of 82 elements such as suspension bridges, nets, Tarzan ropes and a 106-metre-long Tyrolean traverse.
Parc de l’Île-Melville (Melville Island Park), Île Melville, Shawinigan G9N 6T8
Always an exciting place to visit, the Cité de l'énergie will wow you with an exceptional experience in an environment where the marriage of creativity and technology transports you to a whole new world. Featuring a multimedia show, a permanent exhibition, an observation tower, a historical exhibit, tours of historic sites, a garden, tours of the city and cruises.
1000, avenue Melville, C.P. 156, Shawinigan, G9N 6T9
Telephone : 819-536-8516
Toll free : 1-866-900-2483
Several exhibits will be on display during the summer holiday. These are significant shows that will introduce you to works by both local artists and artists from elsewhere.
1882, rue Cascade, Shawinigan, G9N 8S1
Telephone : 537-5300
Toll free : 1-866-900-2483
The interior of the Church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Présentation, a Canadian national historic site, houses Ozias Leduc’s last great project. He is considered the greatest creator of religious art in the 20th century.
825, 2e avenue, Shawinigan, G9P 1E1
Telephone : 819-536-3652
This lively, arresting art gallery is the creation or artist Denis LaPorte, whose work has been an inspiration to all for the last 45 years. Internationally known, his work has won many prizes and honours.
3675, 50e Avenue, Shawinigan, G9T 1A6
Telephone : 819-538-8926
The Trou du Diable is a gourmet delight! Your taste buds will love its specially formulated beers and your appetite will be totally satisfied with its excellent country cooking. You might even get to see the brewer at work and get answers to some of your questions about the brewer’s world.
412, avenue Willow, Shawinigan, G9N 1X2
Telephone : 819-537-9151
Toll free : 1-800-537-9151
This Centre features theatre arts and visual arts. Shows are presented year round: humour, song, variety, theatre.
2100, boul. des Hêtres, Shawinigan, G9N 8R8
Telephone : 819-539-6444
Toll free : 1-866-666-5326
Five golf simulators, where a total of 40 people can play at a time. Golf-O-Max is the perfect location for a business meeting or a friendly tournament.
345, 5e rue, Shawinigan, G9N 1E4
Biermans Place is a multi-faceted recreation centre where a multitude of activities are offered under one roof. It has movie theatres, bowling, billiards, simulators of all kinds, video games, skill games and game tables.
1553, rue Hubert-Biermans, Shawinigan, G9N 8N6
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