Destinations to explore, June 10, 2024 2024-06-10
Woman hiking through the parc national d’Aiguebelle. © TAT-Parc national d’Aiguebelle – Christian Leduc

Dive into the crowd at a music festival or dive deep into a forest lake–Abitibi-Témiscamingue is a gold mine for adventurers who aren’t afraid to go off the beaten path.

Beekeeper and visitor at the Grande Ourse honey farm
Photo credit: TAT-MiellerieGrandeOurse-Christian Leduc

Visit Vallée de l’Or and Amos-Harricana

Vallée-de-l’Or and Amos-Harricana share a history reminiscent of the Far West and offer the perfect starting point for your Abitibi-Témiscamingue road trip. Dig into the heart of mining history at La Cité de l’Or, where you’ll become a miner for a day as you visit an old mine 91 metres underground. Next, the largest open pit mine in Canada awaits at a visit to the Mineralogical Museum of Abitibi-Témiscamingue in Malartic! For a gourmet twist, stop in at la Miellerie de la Grande Ourse and go on a beekeeping safari in a modern country atmosphere. Why not top off your visit by grabbing a drink at their excellent snack bar! Among the region’s gems, explore Anisipi, an activity circuit that will help you discover water and learn more about the benefits of this natural resource. For lodgings in the area, you have the choice between the comfortable Station Boréale, Hôtel Continental or the Val d’Or Quality Inn & Suites.

Abitibi-Ouest and Rouyn-Noranda

Get back behind the wheel and head for Abitibi-Ouest, one of the most beautiful places in Quebec. A stop-in at the Fromagerie La vache à Maillotte cheese dairy is a must to stock up on fresh cheese, then make your way to the grandiose landscapes of Parc national d’Aiguebelle. Make sure to stay several days in one of two campgrounds located in the Taschereau or Mont-Brun sectors.

Continue your journey to Rouyn-Noranda, a most vibrant city! Don’t forget to pop into the general store! Magasin général Dumulon is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. You’ll travel through time, right to the era of gold prospectors.

The Témiscamingue area

Cap off your road trip in the region by stopping in Témiscamingue, an outdoor haven. Once you have explored the expansive mixed forests of this landscape, take the time to relax around the fire. Choose between Le P’tit Paradis camping, a charming site on the shore of Lake Cameron, or the picturesque La Bannik camping, on the banks of Lake Témiscamingue. No camping equipment of your own? No problem! Choose comfort with La Bannik’s rooms and chalets option offering ten luxury chalets as well as modern rooms! Finally, country music lovers can let themselves get carried away by the rhythms of the Kipawa Countryfest from August 16 to 18.

Crowd outside at the Kipawa Countryfest
Photo credit: Kipawa Countryfest

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