The town of La Sarre (population about 8000), located in the Abititibi-Temiscamingue region, has been designated Canadian Forestry Capital, so you anyone can see that La Sarre ensures its prosperity thanks to the forest industry. However, it trends toward a diversified economy, and nowadays, it also depends on agricultural, industrial and commercial activities to maintain its economic stability.
The vitality of La Sarre is apparent in the major events held here, such as Festival equestre (Horse-riding Festival), La Sarre en fete (Fair of La Sarre) and La Sarre en neige (La Sarre under the Snow), as well as by innovative projects such as La S’Art, a large outdoor exhibition of local artists taking place on rue Principale.
Guests can walk along the Multifunctional Path (Sentier multifonctionnel) which reflects the dynamic nature and generosity of the people of La Sarre who contributed financially to the project. It tells of the awareness of the elected representatives to offer a quality environment for budding families. Moreover, vacationers can visit a bird sanctuary set up at the centre of the town.
Fishers will be happy to learn that the town lake (Lac de la Ville), located at less than half a mile from the urban zone hosts trout and other fish. The Centre d'art Rotary, located at 195, rue Principale (phone : 819- 333-2294 presents expositions of Abitibi-Temiscamingue artists and other contributors, as well as travelling exhibitions.
A quilt, in the main lobby, tells the story of nearly 75 years of local history.
Another main attraction of La Sarre is its Forestry Interpretation Center (Centre d'interpretation de la foresterie), located at 600, rue Principale (phone: 819 333-3318). This center presents a collection of forestry tools, the scale model of a 1940 sawmill, as well as the history of the region through forestry, geography and: archaeology. Average duration of a visit is of about 45 minutes and reservation is required for groups. Admission is free. At 187, rue Principale, in one of the most prestigious La Sarre buildings, the Lavigne House, the Historical Society of the La Sarre region (Societe d'histoire et du patrimoine de la region de La Sarre) is located (phone : 819333-2294, extension 241). The Historical society was founded in 2001.
Guests can get the feel of life in yesteryears and visit the thematic exhibitions, collections of old photographs, scale models representing the covered bridges of Abitibi-West and more. Admission is free. La Sarre is located on the Prospectors* and Clearers' Tour Route.
Official website of the town of La Sarre: www.ville.lasarre.qc.ca
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