Saint-André-Avellin stands out because of the many artists who have made the area their home, among them Jean-Yves Guindon. Every year Le St-André schedules a number of varied professional performance artists who share their talent in an intimate atmosphere.
Festivals also draw the crowds in this town of 3800 souls. The Festival western de Saint-André-Avellin features rodeos and quality musical performances over ten days during July, along with several other activities. Moreover, this festival has won the Best Rodeo of the Year at Canada Cup 2016 Wild Time awards gala bringing together the greatest figures of the rodeo world. It’s no wonder that the number of visitors and RV enthusiasts attending grows by leaps and bounds every year.
Twist is a not-to-be-missed event for all textile fibre aficionados. Indeed, it is the largest fibre festival in all of Canada. Workshops, booths and exhibitions are featured each year in August at Complexe Whissel (a sport and culture facility). It’s also a great opportunity to taste some of the local cuisine.
History buffs won’t want to miss the Musée des Pionniers where they can discover more about our ancestors’ daily lives. In addition, they’ll find a commented heritage walk (panels) to guide them around the important buildings and sites in the town.
In Saint-André-Avellin, sports enthusiasts are not neglected—the Petite-Nation River runs right through town. The municipal dock offers a boat launch for canoes, kayaks and other watercraft.
A few walking trails beckon lovers of the outdoors. The Louis-Joseph-Papineau cycling path provides 20 km of cycling trails on rock dust. In winter, cross-country skiers can enjoy 25 km of trails thanks to looping circuits.