What about a gateway weekend this winter? The beautiful Mauricie region and more precisely, the city of Shawinigan, is about 1h45 drive from Montreal and Quebec. It’s therefore easy to leave on Friday after work and taste a good beer or a glass of wine for an aperitif only 2 hours later.
Start the weekend in style by booking a table at the Zélé restaurant! This is one of my favorite restaurants for the service, the choice of wine, the warm atmosphere and the classic and comforting dishes. I highly recommend the black garlic fries (impossible not to choose them!) and the delicious and tender pork belly with scallops.
Head to the Parc Récréoforestier in Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc to follow the Chute du Diable (Devil’s Fall) trail. This approximately 11 km trail is free, well maintained, and gives access to a superb landscape. We can take some very nice pictures near the river and take the time to take a break in the small refuge made available to us.
Here are two options that I recommend for lunch. Santé Taouk is perfect for the fast service, the friendliness of the employees, the good portions and the freshness of the food. Otherwise, Fromagerie Victoria is a great place to eat a good poutine, buy fresh cheese curds and even enjoy a soft ice cream in the middle of winter!
After a day outdoors, I suggest the restaurant Jules Fromages et Convives, located in the heart of the Sainte-Flore sector. The place exudes a friendly and comforting warmth, especially with the wood-fired oven in the center of the room. A starter, a delicious pizza and a glass of wine are, in my opinion, the perfect combo for the evening!
In Shawi, we are lucky to have a gorgeous National Park with breathtaking scenery! In winter, it is a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts. You can practice cross-country skiing on 80 km of trails, as well as hiking and snowshoeing on 54 km of trails. You can also rent equipment!
At La Mauricie National Park.
Passing through the picturesque St-Jean-des-Piles sector.
At Le Zélé restaurant.
In an intimate and comforting restaurant.
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