Shawinigan, it’s the perfect balance between nature and urbanity! Located in the region of Mauricie, it transports us to grandiose natural landscapes while guaranteeing us easy access to its small urban niches where distinctive cafés, award-winning microbreweries, bakeries, boutiques and good restaurants are concentrated. When the snow sets in, Shawinigan becomes a wonderful open-air playground where many activities are available!

Enjoy winter activities at La Mauricie National Park

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La Mauricie National Park, located halfway between Montreal and Québec City, is one of the most beautiful national parks in Quebec. When the snow arrives, the Park turns into a huge playground for winter sports enthusiasts. The landscapes are breathtaking! You will find frozen lakes, a dense forest, snow-dusted mountains and impressive viewpoints. Whether you go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing for a few hours, or winter camping in an Otentik tent for a few days... Everything is there for you to have an unforgettable stay!

Explore the treasures of downtown in winter

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Exceptionally well located in a bay of the majestic Saint-Maurice River, facing Melville Island, where the emblematic Cité de l'Énergie stands, downtown Shawinigan is a must to discover! Take the pulse of the city’s center and explore its hidden treasures thanks to a 4-kilometre itinerary to enjoy at your own pace. From the magnificent Saint-Maurice promenade, via the rue des Érables and its English-style houses, to the cozy boutiques and cafés... It's a great way to discover downtown!

Have fun in the snow at Vallée du Parc

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Vallée du Parc is a charming ski station centered on people and open 7 days / 5 evenings during the winter! Whether you like to ski or not, you will find an activity for you amongst the various possibilities… Skiers and snowboarders will have plenty of fun with the 33 trails, including 2 family trails, 8 glades and 2 snow parks. It is also possible to enjoy the pleasures of winter on an alpine luge (during the day or at night!), on snowshoes, or by the fire at the Resto-bar! Their menu features grilled cheese… in all its forms!


Get cozy in a restaurant or microbrewery

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In winter, what’s better than warming up around a good dish… Or a good beer? Shawinigan is home to two renowned microbreweries: the Broadway, since 2006, and the must-see Trou du Diable, with 200 international awards to its credit! Foodies will also love the cozy restaurants (long live the wood-fired pizzas from Chez Jules Fromage et Convives!), the cafés with a distinctive character (Le Bucolique is a must for many Shawinigan residents), and several gastronomic tables. Contact Tourisme Shawinigan or visit their website for personalized advice and addresses!

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