Duhamel-Ouest (population about 900) is located in the Temiscamingue county of the Abitibi-Temiscamingue region. The territory of Duhamel-Ouest is bordered by St-Bruno-de-Guigues, St-Edouard-de-Fabre, by Lorrainville, by the Ontario province and by Lake Temiscamingue.
Duhamel was proclaimed township in 1877, when the first families settle there. The name of Duhamel was chosen for the first township of Temiscamingue in the honour of His Lordship Joseph-Thomas Duhamel, second Bishop of Ottawa. Large and fertile soils gave way for the agricultural vocation of the territory.
A possible amalgamation between Duhamel-Ouest and Ville-Marie has been studied, but it was eventually postponed. National historic site of Canada Fort-Temiscamingue is located within the territory of Duhamel-Ouest, as well as the ecological marsh Marais Laperriere. A 9-km-long pedestrian trail, a 12-km-long bicycle road, a long snowmobile trail and a cross country ski trail invite tourists in all seasons. The Brown Estate, built in 1896 is another patrimonial site of interest.
The municipality is known for its Winter Festival of Duhamel-Ouest, held in collaboration with the Temiscamingue Winter Carnival and the Canadian Festival. The « Rendez-vous des voyageurs » and the Nature and Cultural Journey of the Laperriere Marsh are held in Duhamel-Ouest every year. These events allow the local artists to show their talents. A Golf Club is located in Duhamel-Ouest. This is the only golf club in the Temiscamingue county.
Anyway, Duhamel-Ouest is community which attracts many amateurs of adventure, observation and interpretation of nature.
Address of Duhamel-Ouest:
361, route 101 Sud Duhamel-Ouest
Phone: 819 629-2522
The road 101 connects Duhamel-Ouest to St-Bruno-de-Guigues and St-Edouard-de-Fabre.