Centre de Migraitons.
There is a museum in Montmagny called Centre de Migraitons or the Migration centre. It is all about the migration of the snow goose in Canada. As I have said in another tip the snow goose is even in the Montmagny flag - it is so important in Montmagny - the symbol of Montmagny.
The admission fee to the museum/centre is CAD 5.
We visited the store at the centre, where there are beautiful drawings and paintings of geese for sale by local artists. And all things related to geese for sale. My friend´s father is an artist and had an exhibition at the Migration centre during the Accordion festival, so we went there often.
The centre is located opposite the campsite "Camping Pointe-aux-Oies" and swimming pool a little bit outside of the town centre.
Parc de la Mairie.
There is a lovely park in the old part of town called Parc de la Mairie or Mary's park. It has got a beautiful fountain made by Jean-Julien Bourgault made in 1991 and is called "Danse de la pluie" or Dancing in the rain.
It is opposite the Cathedral and a good place to rest after visting the old part of town.
The Accordion festival.
Every year there is a big accordion festival in Montmagny. People from all over the world come here to play and listen to the accordion for several days. The population of Montmagny multiplies during this long weekend in August.
I visited Montmagny in 2012 during the 24th Accordion festival. The festival is called Carrefour Mondial de L'Accordéon and lasted from the 30th of August until the 3rd of September.
Some of the events are free of charge and take place on and around the main street in the old centre - and by the Accordion Museum. Other events are inside in the evenings and there is an admittance fee.
It is just so much fun, the town is decorated with flags from all over the world and there are market stalls all along the main street in the old city center. Everybody is happy and smiling - I loved it!
There were accordion players from France, Spain, Uruguy, Italy, England, Bulgaria, USA, Switzerland and local players from Canada.
During the festival all the hotels and guest houses are full and the camping grounds are full. On the last day of the festival one can see caravans after caravan leaving Montmagny.
I highly recommend visiting Montmagny during this festival - it is a great show.
Beautiful murals in the old centre.
There are so many beautiful murals in the old centre of Montmagny. When I saw them I thought they were just too beautiful not to be photographed and made into a VT tip :) I absolutely adore murals.
Looking at them I think they must have been a part of a mural competition of some sort, there must be a reason for such big detailed murals in the very centre of town. Will ask at the information center next time I visit Montmagny.
The Accordion Museum - Musée L´Accordéon.
I didn´t visit the Accordion Museum until my 5th visit to Montmagny. Then I visited Montmagny during the Accordion festival and listened to some concerts outside the beautiful house where the museum is located. So I decided that it was time to pop in and get excited about accordions.
The museum has got so many accordions on display, so beautiful, some of them were just plane artwork, so it was well worth the visit. There are eight permanent exhibits at the museum and then other contemporary exhibits.
Upstairs there was a film running with accordion players.
I left the museum much more enlightened about accordions and would recommend stopping by the museum if you are ever in this part of Quebéc. They have the best archive of accordions in the whole of Quebéc.
The Accordion Museum is open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 10:00-17:00.
Entrance fee is CAD 6.
The Information center.
As always the first thing to do is to visit the Information center and get oneself a map and information on what there is to do in Montmagny. I was given 2 good maps and took half a day in just walking around Montmagny.
At the Information center there is also a small shop with local art and jewellery for sale and I always buy a gift there. They have in particular many items depicting the Snow Goose.
They speak excellent English at the Information center, but apart from that everything is written in French and people are reluctant to speak English, which I understand taken into account what the English did to the French in Quebec. On all the license plates is written "Je me souivens" - "I remember".
The Montmagny waterfalls.
It is awesome visiting the Montmagny waterfalls/dam where Riviére du Sud cascades into Saint Laurence river. Last time I visited in May 2011 there had been so much rain that the fields in Quebec were flooded and the falls were very impressive (see my photos). The year before in May as well there was quite a different story.
Sitting in the picknick area watching the waterfall/dam is a favourite pastime of people living in Montmagny. We always go there as well when we visit Montmagny.
Canada's Snow Goose Capital.
Montmagny is Canada's Snow Goose Capital and you can see Snow Geese everywhere around the town. Their flag has even got Snow Geese on it (see my photo). And walking around town you will see Snow geese all over, on the lampposts, in the gardens etc. It is like an official sign of Montmagny.
The Snow Geese come to Montmagny in flocks so big that the sky will turn almost black and you can spot them if you go down to the river (see one of my photos) in Spring, there will be stretches of white geese there.
Le Voyageur museum.
This museum is one of many museums in Montmagny. It is located in the railway station in the very end of town. It is called Le Voyageur - La Gare de Montmagny. The railway station in Montmagny was built in 1881 and enlarged in 1904.
This museum depicts the story of the people of Montmagny. There is a wall at the museum which depicts musicians of Montmagny and musical instruments. And an exhibition on stoves. Making these stoves was a big industry in Montmagny and when the factory closed down and moved to a location with "cheaper labour" many of the inhabitants in Montmagny lost their jobs.
The very lovely old part of Montmagny.
Montmagny has got a new center and an old center. The old part is centered around a main street called Saint-John-Baptiste-Est. The church is at the very end of the old part of Montmagny.
For me it is like stepping into another world walking in this part. The new part of Montmagny is typical Canadian, but the old part is very French. There are several stores there and cafés, Parc de la Mairie and a lot of lovely old houses, many of them very vell marked with a sign outside stating their origin, but only in French. And many of them very museums. What struck me with Montmagny is how many museum there are in this lovely town.
Église Saint-Thomas - St. Thomas Church.
There are two churches in Montmagny, one modern one and St. Thomas Church which is the largest church in Montmagny.
St. Thomas Church is huge, I was actually taken by surprise when visting it. I visited the church with friends who live in Montmagny and they call it a Cathedral. It was erected from 1949-1954.
I add a website of two of the churches in Montmagny.
Hibou Magique - Hommage á Riopelle.
This artwork is very interesting as it depicts various animals - is it a hippo, 2 hippos, is it an elephant, 2 elephants, is it an owl, a fish?
This artwork is by the ocean, next to the small waterfall/dam. It was erected in 2008 by Claude Tardiff, from an original idea of Alain Gilbert in 1992. I find it a lovely piece of art, amusing.
There are chairs and a picnic table by the ocean next to the artwork with a lovely view of the ocean and the dam.
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