The Festival of the Young Independent Musicians of Abitibi-Temiscamingue (Festival de la relève indépendante musicale en Abitibi-Témiscamingue) or FRIMAT, held in Val-d’Or offers the public a must-see programming of shows by budding artists of the regional stage.

With its contest side, the festival also allows young artists of the Abitibi-Temiscamingue (age 18 to 35) to present their talent in two categories: solo and group.

The event takes place under the big top on the site of the City of Gold in a very relaxed atmosphere. Music buffs certainly won’t want to miss it.
Web site of FRIMAT (in French only): www.frimat.qc.ca

Phone : 819-824-6779

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Quebec's Festivals

Quebec has an affable approach to the term Festival.

There are festivals of movies, theatre, music, dance, art and so almost weekly. Local restaurants feature festivals of spaghetti, smoked meat, draft beer, shrimp and every food can find in the world.

Still, several annual events are real and very interesting events which visitors will enjoy without any doubt. We can mention Jazz festival of Montreal, New France Festival of Quebec City, Fireworks festival, Montreal World Film Festival, Just For Laughs festival – the world’s largest humour festival, Winter festivals, celebrated in many communities and other festivities.

Quebec festvals

Photo of Francopholies de Montreal, © ProvinceQuebec.com

Festivals. Video : © GrandQuebecVideo

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City of Gold


City of Gold - Cite de l’Or

At the time of the great mining rush

In the 1920s, the discovery of massive copper and gold ore bodies triggered a prospecting rush with a subsequent mining boom throughout the Abitibi region. Between 1927 and 1950, as many as forty-six mines went into production along the Cadillac fault and in the 1950s, over 10 000 workers held mining-related jobs.

Even today, the mining industry plays an important role in the regional economy. It has been estimated that the 200-odd mines that have gone into operation in northwestern Quebec since the mid-twenties have produced some 5.6 million tons of copper, 6.2 million tons of zinc, 1 860 tons of gold and 5 500 tons of silver.

City of Gold

As an introductory plunge into the mining world, the Cite de I’Or invites you to go down 300 feet (91 metres) into the galleries of the Lamaque Mine, a former gold mine that was in operation from 1935 to 1985. The surface facilities of the mine - the pit-head frame, hoist room and dryer section, as well as the laboratory - can also be visited.

Photo: Mining site at Val-d’Or, copyright © GrandQuébec, courtesy of the Site.

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Val d’Or

Val-d’Or, established in 1934, in the Abitibi-Temiscamingue region, owes its birth to the gold rush. Five historic quarters form Val-d’Or, namely: Dubuisson, Louvicourt, Sullivan, Val-Senneville and Vassan.

A monument to a miner is located at the Lapointe square, on the 3rd Avenue at the heart of downtown. These miners succeeded in transforming this rocky region into an unequalled land, Nearby, the park of Marais with interesting sculptures is located

A slight detour to the Vassan and Val-Senneville quarters allow visitors to appreciate a cultural heritage covered bridge: the Champagne bridge. In the Belvedere park, situated at the intersection of the boulevard des Pins and boulevard Sabourin, a tour Rotary can be visited. Atop its 18 metres, guests get an all-encompassing view of the vastness of the territory. A long trail for hiking is available.

You can visit the Pavillon de Tourisme, where the Expo-Art boutique displays the artwork of local artists and artisans. A soapstone sculpture, symbolizing the bonds of friendship between the Native peoples and the colonists welcomes guests. Another art center is the Centre d’exposition de Val-d’Or. This centre exhibits the work of regional artists and other contributors, as well as travelling exhibitions of photography, videography, sculpture, painting and more. A whole array of activities are offered at the center, such as workshops, lectures ou conferences.

The City of Gold (Cité de l’Or) invites guests to become a miner for a day. Visitors experience an underground descent, to a depth of over 90 metres (300 ft) into Lamaque Mine’s old mine drifts. This is the deepest gold mine in Canada open to tourists. Underground, guests discover methods of gold ore extraction and at the surface they can see an ore transformation process with a visit of the assay laboratory.

Industries Norbord, one of the most important manufacturers, offers guides tours.

The Russian Orthodox church of Val-d’Or, bought back by the town, is a very interesting example of traditional Russian architecture.

Garden of Jardins a fleur de peau, situated 5 kilometres from downtown, on the shores of Blouin lake, is another a very particular attraction, as well as the nature interpretation path of Dubuisson, with its 3 kilometres of trails for hiking and its enchanting setting of the Piche-Lemoyne forest. Nearby, the Park of Explorers (parc des Explorateurs) is a chance for a picnic stop. Guests can enjoy the panorama of the Piche River.

Val-d’Or is a a departing point for those tourists who’d like to take the Prospectors’ and Clearers’ Tour.

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