The outdoor enthusiast and sportswoman in me will take you to drop off your suitcase in le Chrétien chalet located on the 2nd floor of the old, renovated barn at 2800 du Parc. The breathtaking view of the river and the mountains will certainly make you feel more relaxed as soon as you arrive.
In order to earn your aperitif and treat your taste buds at dinner, let’s start by moving a little. Do you feel like cycling, walking, running, swimming, paddling…? You’re in an enchanting site that allows you to do all that! Welcome home 😊. La Mauricie National Park’s magnificent playground includes perfect asphalt, enchanting paths and innumerable lakes, the picturesque road of Saint-Jean-des-Piles and the majestic Saint-Maurice river. Enjoy!
Luckily, the great outdoors whets the appetite, because what awaits you will seduce your palate and satisfy the epicurean in you. Direction Jules, fromage et convives for the aperitif! Come discover and appreciate the friendliness of this small delicatessen restaurant located in the coeur villageois de Sainte-Flore. Cheese by the slice, pizza in the wood oven, charcuterie, local products, imported wines… let yourself be charmed.
Shawinigan is basically nature in the city! And there’s no better place to enjoy it than downtown on Willow Avenue. The terrace of Le Trou du diable – Broue Pub & Resto is definitely your weekend must-see! It’s an all-inclusive package: several of the best beers in the world, a sophisticated menu, a relaxed atmosphere and all this in a setting bordered by the Saint-Mauricie river and its extraordinary sunsets. Even if I go there often, I always fall under the spell of this place. Sleep well because you’re not at the end of your discoveries.
I’ll take you back to Sainte-Flore, in my native village. What I knew as the “Maison du bedo” is today the warm Café bucolique. It’s a bit like having lunch at Grandma’s. The food is delicious, it smells good and it’s so warm! I’m warning you; it won’t be easy to choose: the bénédictine, the French toast with apples, the fruit pancake…everything is so good! With the best lattes in a bowl of course!
It’s out of question to leave without going to the parc de l’Île Melville, on a paddle board on the Saint-Maurice river. Warning: this activity could cause you a significant addiction when you realize that in Shawi, we have everything in one place.
I suggest you stop by to say hello to Julie, the wonderful baker at Tous les jours dimanche. Take the opportunity to have a delicious tuna sandwich, fresh of the day, a raspberry lemonade and certainly the best soft pancake in the world. Oh well, while you’re there why not have a REAL lemon pie to thank Grandma for babysitting the kids over the weekend and a chocolate bread for the road. You won’t regret it. 😉
With an amazing view on the river and the mountains.
By the river or in one of the 2 coeurs villageois (Saint-Jean-des-piles et Sainte-Flore).
In a coffee shop-restaurant that looks just like an antique museum.
Biking, walking or on the water.
Because you’ve seen nothing yet!
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