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What distinguishes

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Why choose Shawinigan?

A strategic location and easy access

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Located in the heart of the Province of Quebec in the Mauricie region, Shawinigan is only 1 hour 30 minutes away from Montreal and Quebec City urban centres via Autoroutes 40 and 55 and can be reached via several modes of transportation.

Modern and sustainable sports facilities

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The City of Shawinigan has invested more than 30 million dollars over the last three years in sports and recreation facilities. These high-calibre multi-purpose facilities meet the demands of today's organizations and contribute to the development of tomorrow's athletes.

Proven expertise in the management of major events

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Each year, Shawinigan hosts high-level sporting events, large festive gatherings, and well-known artistic events. The experience thus gained has enabled the community to establish an experienced and organizational knowledge base, forge cooperative relationships with health and public safety resources, and establish partnerships between the city and sporting, cultural, and private business circles.

Privileged access to services and financial support

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The Comité de tourisme sportif et de loisir de Shawinigan (Sport and Leisure Tourism Committee of Shawinigan) is a one-stop information and support centre to help simplify the organizer’s tasks. A financial assistance program has also been set up to promote the development of new community events.

A pool of available and devoted volunteers

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Due to many major annual events in the region, both sports and cultural, our community already relies on an available and large pool of skilled, committed, and enthusiastic volunteers  who are ready to welcome your participants and supporters and to play a critical role in the success of your event. Shawinigan knows it can count on the undisputed hospitality of its people and its vibrant community.

Affordable quality services

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The significant diversity and excellent value of our dining and accommodation facilities are important advantages when it comes to satisfying all tastes and all budgets and, most importantly, drawing as many participants as possible to your event!

Services

  • Financial assistance program for sporting and recreational events
  • Advisory service and logistical and organizational support
  • Finding potential venues and checking for availability of facilities
  • Site visits and complementary services
  • Tourist hospitality and information
  • Promotional tools (map, guide, photo gallery, site maps, etc.)
  • List of local service providers
  • Suggestions for additional activities and events
  • Various material

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  • Since 1990, Shawinigan Summer Festival
  • Since 1994, Painting Symposium of Mauricie
  • Since 1999, “Fest-beach du Lac-à-la-Tortue”
  • 2000, “Odyssée 2000” (science event)
  • Since 2000, “Énergie Country de la Mauricie”
  • 2002, Training Centre for the Cavalia International Show
  • Since 2003, "Rendez-vous des peintres"
  • 2004 - 2005, "Rendez-vous panquébécois de Secondaire en spectacle” (Quebec's largest gathering of amateur youth performers)
  • 2007, Provincial finals of "Sciences, on tourne"

Key sports events

  • Since 1934, “Classique Intenationale de Canots de la Mauricie” (Triple Crown of long distance canoe racing in North America)
  • Since 1971, National Atom Hockey Tournament
  • Since 1978, National Midget Hockey Tournament
  • Since 1978, National Bantam Hockey Tournament
  • Since 1978, National Novice Hockey Tournament
  • Since 1993, Grand Prix Desjardins for Snowmobiling
  • Since 1998, 3x3 Basketball Tournament
  • 2000, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Conference
  • 2000, AA Provincial Collegiate Championships for badminton, basketball, swimming and volleyball
  • 2002, Canadian Softball Championship
  • 2002, Canadian Curling Championship
  • 2004, Canadian Olympic Boxing Championship
  • 2004, Provincial Curling Championship
  • 2004, Provincial Gymnastics Championship
  • 2005, Canadian Collegiate Badminton Championship
  • Since 2005, Invitational Figure Skating Competition
  • 2006, Canadian Heavyweight Championship
  • Since 2006, Shawinigan Dragon Boat Festival
  • 2007, Provincial Junior Golf Championship
  • 2007 Défi provincial de soccer Campéa
  • Since 2007, “Défi Vélo Mag” (hiking, cross-country, mountain biking)
  • 2008, Regional Soccer Tournament
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