Prospector' and Clearers' Tour
The Prospectors' and Clearers' Tour is dedicated to Abitibi’s tremendous mining potential. The Prospectors' Tour leads visitors to the very heart of the region, where tourists are invited to leap into the bustling history of a development closely linked to the Gold Rush.
Acoss the itinerary, tourists discover the Bourlamaque mining village (village minier de Bourlamaque), The City of Gold (Cite de l'Or), the Mineralogical Museum of Abitibi-Temiscamingue (Musee mineralogique de l'Abitibi-Temiscamingue), the historical Dumulon house (Maison Dumulon), to name only a few. The Prospectors’ Tour is also the account of settlement (colonisation) that resulted from the Crash of 1929.
That crisis forced thousands of individuals from all corners of Quebec to put down roots in Abitibi in order to find a better life. The Prospectors’ and Clearers’ Tour highlights the importance of the work accomplished by these first settlers.
It deals with the agro-forestry settlement, as well as with daily life at this period. Some of sites bring back our memories of those times, such as the Rural School (Ecole du Rang II) in Authier. No doubt, the Prospectors' and Clearers' Tour is an opportunity to meet very nice people and take part in the countless festivals of Abitibi-Temiscamingue. Finally, your trip will help you to discover extraordinary plants and wildlife at the Refuge Pageau and the national park of Aiguebelle, two exceptional attractions.
The Prospectors' and Clearers' Tour is approximately 309 km long.