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Shawinigan Water falls

"SHAWINIGAN IS THE ALGONQUIN INDIAN NAME FOR "Portage over the crest" (The indians had to carry their canoes around the falls)

Because of the hydro electric power stations this is a famous HYDRO ELECTRIC town. They call it "LA CITÉ de L'ENERGIE" It was the first city to be lighted by Electricity in Quebec.
Founded in 1901. In 2002 after the merger the city now consists of "Grand-Mere, Shawinigan-sud, and the municipalities of Saint-Gerard des Laurentides , Saint-Georges-de-Champlain, Lac-a-la-Tortue and Saint-Jean-des-Piles."
It is 20 minutes from Trois-Riviers and is the 14th largest city in Quebec.
It was famous for the "Shawinigan
Water Falls" 50 meters high, which is only a few meters lower than NIagara Falls (Ontario) in height. It was called the Niagara of the east.

Unfortunately when I took this picture the dam that controls the flow of water ( to make electricity) was mostly closed. In spring when the water level is high due to snow and ice melt the falls is beautiful.

Sunset from Tower La Cité de l'énergie

We went up in the elevator to the top of the tower and I took many fine pictures from there. This is one.

Home of Canada's first aluminum plant. Now moved to a bigger plant. The original is just under the sun in this picture.

Shawinigan Power DAM, gates

Picture taken from the tower.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Excellent tourist city. Great River for boating
  • Cons:none
  • In a nutshell:Really worth a tour. and see the show Kosmogonia
  • Last visit to Shawinigan: Jul 2005
  • Intro Updated Jul 31, 2005
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