Abitibi-Temiscaminque, north of the 48th parallel can be described as phenomenal nature as far as the eye can see. Endless forests and countless lakes and waterways that are still intact! Wildlife reserves and nature centres mean nonstop outdoor recreation. In Parc National d’Aiguebelle, a landscape of rocky cliffs sculpted by glaciers and lava, will leave you breathless. The Reserve faunique La Verendrye wildife reserve has more than 4,000 lakes and rivers (including the Ottawa River), making it a real paradise for fishing and canoeing enthusiasts. Cycle down the Moccasin Line, a multiuse path built on the old railways between VILLE-MARIE and Laverlochère, to thoroughly enjoy the unspoiled beauty of Abitibi-Temiscamingue. From Ville-Marie to Angliers, from Lake Timiskaming to Lac des Quinze, cyclists can explore the magnificent natural landscapes.
Copper and zinc abound in the region's subsoil. approximately 25 mines are in operation. Rouyn-Noranda is recognised as the national capital of copper. In VILLE DE VAL D"OR the Lamaque mine has been converted into an interpretation centre called La Cité de l’Or (the city of gold). In authentic miner’s gear, you can tour a real mine 300 ft. underground. This subterranean experience is complemented by a tour of the surface buildings, including the analysis laboratory, where you can learn about gold processing. This region and its 100 000 lakes has the greatest concentration of covered bridges in the province of Quebec. There are 22 of them. Originally, bridges were covered to protect them from bad weather; built during the " big crash" (1929), the funds were obtained from the governments and were meant to create jobs rather than to develop the region.
The témiscabitiens are proud and robust people, with hearts as big as the territory they live on.