Baie-Saint-Paul enjoys an enviable reputation in regard to art and métiers d’art. Beautiful masterpieces of rich archaeological value were painted here, inspired by the region’s stunning scenery and the traditions of those who live here. Giants like Clarence Gagnon, followed by the Group of Seven, René Richard and all the later generations who rose to fame here make Baie-Saint-Paul an artistic sanctuary that attracts collectors and art lovers alike who have made it their preferred shopping destination. Today Baie-Saint-Paul’s rich cultural landscape boasts the highest number of art galleries per capita in Canada, showcasing a full array of artisitic trends. The International Symposium on Contemporary Art held here every year positions Baie-Saint-Paul among the world’s top visitor destinations for art lovers.