Shawinigan is a city in the Province of Quebec, Canada on the Saint-Maurice River. It is the hometown of former Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chrétien. It has a population of approximately 53,042 people (2003).
There is a large hydroelectric station at Shawinigan Falls near the city. In 1901, the first aluminum ingot in Canada was produced here. Other industries include pulp and paper, chemical production and textiles.
The name of the city means "portage at the crest" in Algonquian which referred to the waterfall which was found nearby. Up until 1958, the city was known as Shawinigan Falls.
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