You, the foodie who 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.

My personal favorites

I suggest to take it easy (it’s the holidays after all!) by shopping on 4th and 5th rue de la Pointe (Boutique Au Pas, Librairie Poirier, Milles et uns Talons, etc.) Then head to the parc Saint-Maurice and walk along the promenade of the same name. I’t’s one of the most photogenic places in our city!

And the dream stay continues here…

tous les jours dimanche - Sandrine

Tous les jours dimanche

To eat by the river

With all that, it must be lunch time, soon. So, head over to the Tous les jours Dimanche bakery to order a chicken sandwich and a raspberry lemonade, as well as a chocolate cookie. Terrace available, or you can enjoy either the parc Saint-Maurice or the parc des Vétérans to find a little freshness and have a view of the river.


Parc de l'Île Melville

Enjoy the river

For your 1st afternoon with us, I suggest you rent a boat (paddle board, kayak, or anything else) at the parc de l’Île Melville, to criss-cross our river and its banks. Be careful, you have to find out about the currents before you get in the water!


River or Pool

For a refreshing moment

If you want to go swimming afterwards (as long as you have put on your bathing suit!), you have two options: in the Saint-Maurice river along the Avenue du Capitaine-Veilleux (there are swimming lanes and you can park easily) or at the municipal swimming pool in the parc Saint-Maurice (take the opportunity to admire the architecture of the building) at a minimal cost.


Un été signé Shawinigan

With Culture Shawinigan

Before going to enjoy a well-deserved happy hour, leaning on the bar at Trou du Diable, or on the terrace if the weather allows it (and if you’re lucky enough to find yourself a seat), I suggest you take a look Culture Shawinigan’s website, maybe there’s an outdoor show during your stay. After all, it’s always fun to attend an outdoor concert, downtown or in a park.

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Le pub du Trou du diable

A great night of discoveries

Oh, I forgot, I was telling you DO NOT WANT TO MISS Shawinigan institution: the Trou du Diable. Even if you’re not a beer lover, you’ll find what you’re looking for (try the Snake Bite, a mixture of dark beer and cider). Otherwise, let the staff guide you. It’s also a great place to have dinner for the loner that you are because you can easily make lots of new friends.


Le Saint-Mo bistro-gourmand

Dinner with a view

If, on the other hand, you want a more relaxed atmosphere, cross over the street to the Saint-Mo (if I were you, I would save myself some appetite for their ball of fried ice cream as a dessert…)


P'tit Broadway

Brunch time

After a good night sleep, I’d like to take you to the Grand-Mère area. If you haven’t had lunch, I suggest you sit down at the P’tit Broadway for brunch or go for a chocolate bread from La Mie de Grand-Mère.


Grand-Mère's treasures

Two interesting parks

Depending on the time you have, you can either simply climb to the top of the parc des Papetiers tower to admire the view , or set off to discover Grand-Mère, its English neighborhood and the parc de la rivière Grand-Mère (ask Tourism Shawinigan before you go, they’ll show you the coolest walking route!).

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La Mauricie National Park

The famous "cascades"

You can’t leave Shawinigan without going through La Mauricie National Park, a must! Enter through the Saint-Jean-des-Piles entrance and stop at le 2800 du Parc. After that, you have to stop and contemplate Lake Bouchard (one of my favorites!), and then go to the other side of the park via the panoramic road. Last stop, the Cascades: ok, I’m warning you, the place is victim of its own success, but you’ll understand seeing it (and don’t forget to put on your bathing suit if you don’t mind the cold water, or your hiking boots if you prefer to explore the trails).


River and water
River and water
Food, beers and wine
Food, beers and wine
Wow hiking
Wow hiking
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Take it easy!

Stroll in downtown area and on the promenade du Saint-Maurice.

Get your stomach satisfied

No matter the time of the day.

Take the time to cool off

In a pool or directly in the Saint-Maurice river.

culture shawinigan un été signé shawi - Léonie

Allow yourself to get a little wild

By dancing all night long during an outdoor show.

Don't miss La Mauricie National Park

Warning, addiction possible…

There you go!

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