Val-David is a unique village of almost 5,000 inhabitants located in the Laurentian Mountains about 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Montreal, Quebec, Canada that attracts about 100,000 tourists a year. Val-David is predominantly Quebecer (i.e. French-speaking) and has a sizable minority anglophone population.
The village is famous for its artistic character. Many renowned and amateur artists, writers and dancers live and have lived in Val-David, notably Québécois poet Gaston Miron, jazz bassist Charlie Biddle, ceramist Kinya Ishikawa (who hosts the 1,001 Pots – the largest annual ceramics festival in North America), the painter, engraver and sculptor René Derouin (who hosts an international site-specific art festival annually), and Alan Gerber the singer-songwriter, the painter Jean-Philippe "JP" Audra founder of the Creativismo art movement, and the painters Guy Montpetit, Normand Ménard, Martine Cyr, and Mark Lummis.
Val-David is also a centre for much outdoor recreational activity as its 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) Parc Dufresne is the most popular rock-climbing destination in eastern Canada. Additionally, the Parc Linéaire Le P'tit Train du Nord, a 200 kilometres (120 mi) bike trail, and groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails in Winter, run throughout the town's splendid nature.(Wikipedia)