Suspended footbridge in the Parc national d’Aiguebelle, Abitibi-Témiscamingue © H. Lacroix

Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Abitibi-Témiscamingue is an untouched paradise in western Québec that’s teeming with possibilities, cultural treasures and adventure! From the depths of the mine to the dazzling sun on the suspended footbridge, and from traditional Anishinabek dance to emerging music, the region offers an endless variety of stimulating experiences.

Location and access

Abitibi-Témiscamingue, which buttresses the province’s western edge, is accessible from a number of Ontarian communities as well as by way of Route 117 in Québec. Val-d’Or and Rouyn-Noranda are respectively 530 km and 640 km northwest of Montréal.

Hiking trail in the Parc national d’Aiguebelle © H. Lacroix
Mining for gold at the Cité de l’Or © C. Leduc
Jean-Félix Pageau, of Refuge Pageau, with wolves © M. Dupuis
Hunting and fishing expedition at Taggart Bay Lodge © M. Dupuis
Festival de musique émergente en Abitibi-Témiscamingue © M. Dupuis

Abitibi-Témiscamingue is known for its hunting, fishing and vast expanses. But tucked among the forests and lakes are artists and agri-processors who, inspired by their surroundings, create for the pleasure of sharing the beauty and bounty of the land.

Scaro jewellery, Noc Design leather bags, Grenier Furs and Verrerie de la montagne glassworks offer feasts for the eyes, whereas Miellerie de la Grande Ourse honey house, Verger des tourterelles orchard, Les chocolats Martine and Le Fromage au village cheese shop serve up culinary masterpieces.

The owners of our businesses are themselves hidden treasures, passing on their enthusiasm for their craft and for Abitibi‑Témiscamingue!

The purest water in the world is found in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Drawn from the region’s very soil, it is filtered by the Saint‑Mathieu esker, which is what gives it its exceptionally pristine quality. Precipitation takes 15 years to seep through the layers of rock, sand and gravel.

Abitibi-Témiscamingue is very young, as far as regions go—its oldest city is marking its 130th anniversary in 2016. However, traces of the Anishinabek people date back 8,000 years, and this Algonquin First Nation continues to be a thriving presence in the territory today.

The blend of cultures, fed by a desire to create a living environment where anything is possible, lend themselves to sites, attractions and festivals that have a distinct local flavour and are worthy of the world stage.

Fort Témiscamingue, the FME emerging music festival, the Cité de l’Or gold mining site, the Refuge Pageau wildlife shelter and the Sainte-Catherine de Pikogan church are but a few gems in the historical and cultural fabric of Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

In Abitibi-Témiscamingue, the arts, culture and a greener environment are actively promoted. Culturat supports the creation of new tourism offerings, artwork in public spaces and gardens, each one as flourishing as the next.

Looking to hike, canoe, kayak, cycle, mountain bike, snowshoe, cross‑country ski or downhill ski? The Outdoors and Nature portal (see Useful links) explains how you can access Abitibi-Témiscamingue’s pristine lands safely and enjoyably, without harming the environment.

Picture a 65,000‑km2 (40,000‑sq.‑mi.) playground and lush forests dotted with 22,000 lakes and rivers. The sheer expanse of unexplored territory and endless possibilities spark many a daydream. For your family excursions or ambitious expeditions, you’ll find everything you need to know on this website, including directions, trails, difficulty ratings, attractions, services and more.

It’s your first visit to our region? The Parc national d’Aiguebelle, the Réserve faunique La Vérendrye wildlife reserve, the Forêt récréative de Val-d’Or recreational forest and the Parc national d’Opémican (coming in 2017) are a must. Welcome to the heart of the hidden beauties of Abitibi‑Témiscamingue!

In the 1920s, the legendary John Wayne roamed the Grande Chute hiking trail in Témiscamingue while vacationing in the region.

The dry Abitibi-Témiscamingue climate is ideal for winter outdoor activities, and the sparkling light on the horizon illuminates the vast snow-covered expanses. We take advantage of this in every way possible.

Snowmobiling is an age-old tradition. The 3,700 km (2,300 mi.) of trails pass through wonders of nature and bustling cities. The Boreal forest can also be travelled by snowshoe, cross-country, skates, dogsled and even on horseback. For their part, the bodies of water become the stage for ice fishing and snowkiting. Cap off your day spent in the great outdoors with a spicy hot chocolate, or by relaxing in a hot tub. Then, take it easy by the fire in a chalet, or go for an exciting night of local culture, resting your elbows on an ice bar.

Whatever you choose, the people are genuine and welcoming, and there will be something to warm your heart.

Abitibi-Témiscamingue’s snowmobiling trails lead to the Portes du bout du monde (the doors to the end of the world), located in the city of La Reine. This whimsical attraction draws its fair share of curious visitors each year!

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