Land of discovery and adventure
Located in Western Québec, Abitibi-Témiscamingue offers wide open, largely untouched spaces, dominated by forest and an abundance of lakes.
Historically a site for trading between European fur traders and the Algonquins, this vast region rich in mining resources welcomed its first pioneers at the beginning of the 20th century and attracted prospectors searching for gold.
- When you step into Val-d’Or’s Cité de l'or/Village-minier-de-Bourlamaque, you’ll discover what used to be the richest gold mine in Québec and its neighbouring village, where 60 log cabins are still standing and inhabited.
- The Musée minéralogique de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue in Malartic tells the story of the region’s minerals and geology.
- The Lake Temiskaming Thematic Fossil Centre reveals the marine environment of Témiscamingue as it existed millions of years ago.
- The Fort Témiscamingue National Historic Site, located in Duhamel-Ouest, tells the entire history of the fur trade from the 17th to the 19th centuries.
- The Parc national d'Aiguebelle is home to remarkable rock formations and cliffs formed by the passage of glaciers and lava flows.
- The Réserve Faunique La Vérendrye, a vast territory of almost 14,000 km² (5,400 sq. mi.) with over 4,000 lakes and rivers, is a fishing and canoeing paradise.
- The wood tugboat T.E. Draper, classified cultural property in 1979, and the Chantier de Gédéon let you relive the era of lumberjack camps.
- Children will love their visit to the Refuge Pageau, near Amos, which rescues abandoned, lost and injured wild animals.
- When it comes to entertainment, a wide range of festivals liven up the region all year round, including the Emerging Music Festival in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, in Rouyn-Noranda, and the Foire du camionneur, a truckers' fair in Barraute.