You, the outdoor lover who likes to enjoy nature by yourself, and chose to come to 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 solo stay

Are you planning on coming and discovering Shawi solo? It’s always a pleasure to share my local favorites! If you meet me, don’t hesitate to come and talk to me.



Taj Mahal Restaurant

Indian flavors

First evening in Shawi, we try the flavors of the world! At the Taj Mahal restaurant, I recommend the butter chicken, the soft Naan bread and the Tika paneer (grilled cheese served on a hot cast iron plate). It’s my comfort food that warms my heart and soul. You can also ask for takeaway, if you prefer!


Café Morgane

Let's start the day right

It’s time to wake up after a good night of sleep. First of all, coffee! It is at Café Morgane that I go for my morning boost. The service is fast, the staff is really friendly and the coffee and chai latte are always perfect. Plus, their banana bread fits so well in my backpack!


Parc de l’île Melville

My getaway spot all year round

Then I suggest the Parc de l’Ile Melville (secteur des chutes) to enjoy nature! It’s my getaway space in any season, but as soon as the fall colors set in, I multiply my visits to go hiking! A 4.2km loop (moderate level) allows me to stretch my legs and fill up on oxygen, 5 minutes from home.


Hiking or mountain biking

What outdoor activity will you pick?

Do you still have energy? You can go hiking in several places, or mountain biking at Parc de l’ile Melville (secteur des chutes area). If you don’t have your equipment, the 2800 du Parc offers bikes for rental, by reservation. The Mauricie National Park is temporarily closed from October 2022, so take the opportunity to test other places before it reopens, such as Vallée Rocanigan, the Thibaudeau-Ricard trail or the Parc récréoforestier de Saint -Mathieu-du-Parc.


Broadway Microbrewery

A biergarten experience

The Microbrasserie Broadway offers a magnificent terrace, fire spots, free parking spaces for campers, and spontaneous shows. In addition to the excellent beers, there is also a choice of dishes such as poutines, burgers, ribs… It is definitely my favorite spot to settle down after a good day outdoors!


Thibaudeau-Ricard trail

Gorgeous during fall!

On Sunday, I suggest you take a walk in nature on the Thibaudeau-Ricard trail. You can choose the south entrance, from Boulevard Pie-XII, or the north entrance, from Rue Trudel, before walking this round trip route of about 3km. It is gorgeous in autumn, and you can observe many vestiges of the past. Open your eyes to see the ruins of the old power plant, or the location of the old seismograph!

tous les jours dimanche - Sandrine

Tous les jours dimanche

Delicious lunch and pastries

A stop is then essential at the bakery Tous les jours Dimanche! You absolutely have to try, in order or disorder, the soup (it doesn’t matter which one), the’Tarte au ciel’, the savory ham and goat cheese muffins, the mushroom spread and the rustic bread loaf! Julie and her team, in addition to being great at cooking, are super friendly!


Local flavors
Local flavors
Pretty hikes
Pretty hikes
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taj mahal - Sandie

Make your taste buds travel

With a culinary stopover in India.

Observe the vestiges of the past

Along the Thibaudeau-Ricard trail.

Treat yourself to a breath of fresh air

On the trails of Parc de l’Ile Melville.

Enjoy a biergarten experience

By drinking a beer on the terrace of the Broadway Microbrewery.

There you go!

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