The Abitibi-Témiscamingue region astonishes by the expanse of its territory and the diversity of its ecosystem. The area conceals landscapes of a great beauty, a dry climate and many attractions showing the story and development of the region.
The history of this region started more than 9,000 years ago, with the arrival of the First Nations. A large number of them still inhabit the region on the lands of their ancestors. Europeans arrived later, first for fur trading, then to exploit the gold mines of the area. The region thus developed around these mines, after the gold rush that largely contributed to the development of the region. The forest industry also attracted many workers and their families over the centuries.
About 1,000 years ago, the territory of todays Abitibi-Témiscamingue was shaped by a glacier more than three kilometres deep. It left behind eskers and moraines, which are typical formations left by the melting of a glacier. The Abitibi-Témiscamingue is a vast region of contrasts where visitors can see forests abounding in game and lakes abounding with fish. The scenery of the region is sheltered by an extraordinary blue sky during the day that puts on its magical northern lights once the evening comes. This region is also home to the provincial divide, where the waters go either north or south, depending on the landscape.
The large green spaces, the long periods of sunshine in summer and the large number of natural attractions invite outdoor lovers to enjoy everything the Abitibi-Témiscamingue has in store for them. The dense forests of the region hide small and big game that you can hunt in the outfitters, zecs and wildlife preserves. Come do a bit of fishing in these same territories, or go on a hike in the numerous designated paths to admire the beauties of the landscape. In winter, hundreds of kilometres of path welcome snowmobiling enthusiasts, while other paths will make cross-country skiers happy. Visit the numerous museums to learn more about the regions history and culture, or let yourself be charmed by the Covered bridges route.
In order to give you the chance to extend your stay in the region, hotels and motels await you in large cities. You will spend a comfortable night with all the facilities you need. The small bed & breakfasts and inns give you a warm welcome, and their owners share their love for their region with you. Finally, outdoor lovers can enjoy campgrounds in many areas of the region.