Paper Economuseum St-Gilles (Papeterie-Saint-Gilles), nestled in the picturesque village of St. Joseph-de-la-Rive, Charlevoix, was founded in 1965 by Archbishop Felix-Antoine Savard, author of the famous novel “Menaud, maître draveur” (“Menaud, River Boss”), and his friend Mark Donohue. When Felix-Antoine Savard passed away in 1985, Cyril Simard became the President of the tiny crafts society.
From that moment on, he transformed the handcrafted paper mill, and by 1992, his establishment became the first Economuseum the current network of Economuseums in Quebec and in Canada.
Through the years, the papermaking museum has earned an enviable reputation. This one-of-a-kind workshop in Canada has preserved it's strictly craftsmanship-oriented nature. Fine cotton fiber paper made here can be used for personal correspondence, drawing and watercolours. The establishment also produces China etching paper, paper inlayed with local flowers, an so on… All the products are completely handcrafted and carry Saint-Gilles's authentic watermark.
Visitors will discover craftsmen at work just as in the old times, a museum of contemporary creations, the Mark Donohue art gallery and a boutique The Economuseum Papeterie Saint-Gilles offers visitors the possibility of arranging workshops based on their indivuidual needs.
Please note that Theme Day features a thematic educational day that takes place in two neighbouring museums: the Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive Maritime Museum and the Papeterie Saint-Gilles Economuseum.
Address of the Paper Economuseum:
304, Felix-Antoine-Savard, C.P. 40 St-Joseph-de-la-Rive
Website of Paper Economuseum: www.papeteriesaintgilles.com