Known as the Cultural Capital of Canada, Baie-Saint-Paul’s rich cultural scene makes it truly distinctive, with countless festivals, events, exhibitions, art galleries and more. As you meander about about town, admire art installations, sculptures, monuments and commemorative plaques that embellish the landscape and proudly represent Baie-Saint-Paul.
It’s well known: Baie-Saint-Paul is the town in Canada with the most art galleries per capita ‒ over 25! Take some time to explore each of these peaceful havens along rues Ambroise-Fafard and Saint-Jean-Baptiste. Also take a little time for an incursion into la Maison Mère to discover our local artists in residence, at the Centre de production en art actuel Les Ateliers. You may be lucky: they can also be seen working live, at some of the town’s many events!
Visit our not-to-be-missed Museum of Contemporary Art (the Province’s only such museum) and its vast 3,000+ collection, including Symposium originals. Follow the Museum’s public art tour where collection pieces grace our public spaces and parks. Or follow Le Sentier de l’art featuring Symposium artists on 25 giant panels, at four emblematic locations across town.
And then there’s Carrefour culturel Paul-Médéric, a dynamic artistic engine for the visual arts, animation, heritage and the performing arts to call home. Next, Bibliothèque René-Richard has a collection of books, art and reference documents in addition to being a place where people gather and exchange together.
You are also invited to follow the Baie-Saint-Paul Heritage Tour’s 17 homes, where our history has been translated into architecture. The Little Franciscans of Mary’s Espace muséal also offers visitors a rich incursion into the universe of these devoted women, and their precious legacy to Ville de Baie-Saint-Paul.
Dip further into our culture by rubbing shoulders with our local artisans in many a downtown boutique and craft shop, at the Cercle des Fermières’ many sites, at Maison Mère, as well as on the stands at the Sunday Farmers Market.
And culture is also experienced via our assorted events and festivals. From Le Festif! celebrating music, and the town’s Festival Cuisine, Cinéma & Confidences that pays homage to gastronomy on the big screen, and the all-new Panorama Festival celebrating art in its every form, our culture is vibrant and lively, down by the bay!