What to pay:
All visitors may claim a refund of the goods and services tax (GST) and/or, the harmonized sales tax (HST) which they paid on eligible goods, must provide proof that they exported their goods from Canada. This is referred to as Proof of Export.
Proof of Export began at Canada's nine major international airports. Non-resident visitors departing from one of these airports, must have their goods available for inspection and their original receipts validated by a Canada Customs official as they leave Canada.
We bought the oil painiting "Derniers Couleurs" by local artist Stefan Horik, but the gallery had a wide selections of painitings by other artists. There were surreal lanscapes, completely modern works and more traditional styles. But it was the work of Stefan Horik that really grabbed us.
I have never seen a higher concentration of artists in any one place than in the region between Quebec City and Tadoussac (Charlevoix). Each small riverside town is hemorraging galeries with all different styles of art, some owned by the artists themselves (ateliers) or some owned by dealers. If you have to stop one place, that town is Baie St-Paul, which is the center of the Charlevoix art scene.
What to buy: If you're in the mood to buy, purchase painitings and other objets d'art. We bought a work by Stephan Horik at the Iris Gallery in Baie St-Paul and some moose antler jewelry L'Atelier des Gros Becs. At L'atelier, the artist even took us down to her studio where she made the earrings. The sound and smell of the tool carving the bone reminded us of the dentist chair!
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