You, the outdoor lover who likes to get away in nature with your family, and chose to come in Shawinigan for a few days: GOOD PICK! Let me be your personal guide and suggest my favorites in order to make your stay memorable.


For an outdoor stay with family

You can also see Anaïs’ favorites here and Éloïse’s favorites here.

We love spending quality time together as a family! Here are our suggestions for enjoying the beautiful winter season in Shawi.



Cozy micro-refuge

Evening by the fireplace

As a family, we love camping! And not only in summer… I recently discovered the Nature Nature campground, in the Saint-Jean-des-Piles sector. It is open year-round and offers micro-refuges and chalets with magnificent views. It feels like paradise to sit by the indoor fire with a hot chocolate! In addition, the Mauricie National Park is only a few minutes away by car!


Winter walk

In one of the many parks of the area

Day 2: it’s a must to go enjoy the snowy landscapes… As a family, we love to go in search of the best viewpoints and enjoy the trails! Many places are accessible for free, such as the Thibaudeau-Ricard trail, the Parc récréoforestier de Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc, the Parc de l’Île Melville (secteur des chutes), or the Parc de la rivière Grand-Mère!

tous les jours dimanche - Anaïs C

Tous les jours dimanche

The best hot chocolate in town

For a snack, head to Tous les jours dimanche, an artisan bakery located in the city center! Muffin, chocolatine, cinnamon bun… In fact, EVERYTHING that the baker makes is exquisite – so take the opportunity to stock up! On a rainy day, the kids love their hot chocolate… yummy! It’s the best in town according to my daughter Anaïs. Psst! To be served with some cookies: it’s perfect!


Snow tubing

Station plein-air Val-Mauricie

Station plein-air Val-Mauricie is a small family ski center with a slope of 75 meters, ideal for introducing children to the joys of winter. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, the station’s most popular activity is without a doubt the 4 snow tubing lanes! A lot of fun for the kids… and the parents!


Place Biermans

Entertainment for the family

My kids NEVER get tired of going bowling at place Biermans. Surely because they take the opportunity to ask for a ride in the bumper cars and some popcorn at the movie theater! Then, we spoil ourselves by sharing a good pizza at Mike Pizzéria. A well-kept secret, it costs almost nothing and it’s like going to eat at your aunt’s! The atmosphere is very family friendly.


See the animals

Ranch visit or horseback riding

On a nice day, girls who love animals will vote to go horseback riding at the Écuries Équi-AMI or for a visit at the Ranch Dupont! By the way, you can also enjoy the Balado-Western podcast if you feel like it. It’s a great way to discover the western side of the Mauricie region.


Grandiose landscapes
Grandiose landscapes
Let's play
Let's play
Lots of fun
Lots of fun
Local flavors
Local flavors
You can also see my favorites here.

Let nature amaze you

Along the trails and viewpoints.

Go camping

And enjoy the comfort of a micro-shelter.


At place Biermans!

Discover the animals

At the Ranch Dupont or at the Équi-Ami stable.

tous les jours dimanche - Léonie

Stock up on food

Because all that fresh air whets the appetite.

personna plein air famille - Anaïs C

There you go!

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