You, the culture fan who likes to discover new things with your partner, 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 a cultural stay as a couple

It is with great pleasure that I share with you my Shawi in fall, the one that I like to rediscover every day with my husband and, when I have the opportunity, with my grandchildren! Yay to early retirement, which gives me more time to enjoy the pleasures of life.



Aux Traditions Restaurant

A trip to the Balkans and the Mediterranean

For a romantic stay in Shawi, I suggest you start with a trip to the Balkans and the Mediterranean by booking a table at the restaurant and gîte aux Traditions in the St-Jean-des-Piles sector. A discovery you will remember. You will meet Meggie and Venelin who will concoct dishes from their country of origin. You have to try the meat guvetché or the vegetarian version. We loved it!

Francis Brisson - Sandie

Maison Francis-Brisson

A show in a unique atmosphere

Then, head to the Centre des arts of Shawinigan or the Maison de la culture Francis-Brisson for a show. There is no shortage of choice: theatre, humour, classical music, jazz and so on. We always find something we love there. At the Centre des arts, no matter where you are, you can see the stage clearly. At the Maison de la culture, it is the decor, the historical atmosphere and the acoustics that enhance the experience.


La suite Hébergements

Accomodation with a rustic-modern look

In terms of accommodation, I suggest ‘La suite Hébergements’ in downtown Shawinigan. The rustic-modern look of the rooms is really nice, with brick walls and vintage elements that refer to the history of Shawinigan. You can even check in to your room completely independently.


Downtown walk

The best way to take the pulse of a town

After a good night of sleep, why not put on a pair of shoes and go for a walk downtown? Wherever I go, walking is, in my opinion, the best way to take the pulse of a town and discover little hidden treasures! I love doing the downtown circuit, which is particularly beautiful during fall! Do not forget to stop in front of the historical panels that you will come across along your route. You will learn a little more about the history of the city.


Espace culturel Onikam

Culture and arts of the First Nations

During the circuit, you can also stop at the Espace culturel Onikam. You will discover the culture and arts of the First Nations and the very touching Nikanik exhibition. PSST! If you have grandchildren, bring back a set to craft pretty butterflies or buy them a little souvenir.


Seaplane tour

A scenic flight to see the colors from above

In the afternoon, I suggest you treat yourself with an experience that will amaze you. Book a seaplane flight with Bel-Air Laurentien Aviation. There are several packages available. The classic package lasts 20 minutes and takes you to fly over the Saint-Maurice River towards La Mauricie National Park. You will also have a magnificent view of the hydroelectric dam and the Grand-Mère bridge. It will be 20 memorable minutes!

pointe à bernard - Denis J

La Pointe à Bernard

French cuisine for dinner

If you want to continue with international flavors during your stay, I suggest La Pointe à Bernard with its French cuisine. I love this friendly little restaurant and I have to say that the wine prices are advantageous. I love the starter of fondant brie on pears, balsamic port and walnuts. I also often let myself be tempted by the steak or the fresh pasta with smoked salmon sauce. Enjoy your dinner!

mie de grand-mere - Julie

La Mie de Grand-Mère

A great stop for pastries and bread

The next day, continue the local discoveries by driving to the Grand-Mère sector! Along the way, stop at La Mie de Grand-Mère bakery and pastry shop to stock up on food. Top tip: let yourself be tempted by one of their incredible mille-feuilles!


Parc des Papetiers

Remarkable view on the river

When you arrive at Parc des Papetiers, enjoy the remarkable view of the majestic river and the suspension bridge dating from 1928! Sit down to enjoy your picnic, before undertaking the ascent of the observation tower.


Grand-Mère sector walk

Architectural and natural treasures

You can continue your walk to admire the natural and architectural treasures of the surroundings, including the ‘Quartier des Anglais’ (English district), the Rocher de Grand-Mère and the parc de la Rivière-Grand-Mère. Enjoy your stay in Shawi!


Local flavors
Local flavors
Grandiose landscapes
Grandiose landscapes
You can also see my favorites here.

Take out your walking shoes

To roam the streets of Shawinigan and discover its heritage.

Take your time at the Parc des Papetiers

Have a picnic and climb the observation tower.


Enjoy a show

In a cabaret-style performance hall with incomparable cachet.

Let your taste buds travel

With a flavors from the Balkans and the Mediterranean.

Sleep in the city center

In rooms whose decor refers to the history of Shawinigan.

There you go!

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