Shawinigan pioneered the country’s industrial development for decades, welcoming the first water-dependent industries. Today, it attracts international-calibre artistic exhibits that are held in the very factories the city was built on. Welcome to Space Shawinigan, an unrivalled creative space in restored industrial buildings. “These extraordinary spaces have been declared a National Historic Site of Canada.” According to the mastermind behind Space Shawinigan: “Artists can create things here that they would not do anywhere else. And visitors are often blown away when they set foot on this site.” This sanctuary for thearts puts on international exhibits every summer.