Chibougamau is a city, located in the North-of-Quebec Region, on the Gilman Lake, the Chibougamau Lake and the Aux Dores Lake. Chibougamau’s population is of about 8000, thus it’ the largest community in the region.
The city is located at 230 km of the Lac Midsummer's Day. The only other large community in the vicinity is the city of Chapais, located at about 40 km from Chibougamau. The origin of the name is uncertain. Some historians believe that the word is composed of the Crie words “shabo” (going through) and “gamaw” (lake), meaning “crossing the lake”.
French explorers and traders come to the area in the early 17th century. But the area attracts the interest of mining prospectors in the early 20th century, when gold is discovered. Since 1949, copper is exploited here. The community is established in 1952 as a company town. During the 1950s and 1960s, the Royal Canadian Air Force had an important radar station in Chibougamau as part of the Pinetree Defence Line. Chibougamau developed as a mining town.
For a long time, it was the end of the tarred road Tourists go to Chibougamau to practice fishing and hunting. Lately, the city has become increasingly popular tourist destination. Visitors find there a few interesting attractions, such as a center of mining interest, a beach, a golf course, a planetarium Quasar, a field for the paintball, lovely pedestrian and biking paths. The great Festival in August punctuates the cultural life. A few hotels offer accommodation in Chibougamau. Residents of Chibougamau mostly speak French.
The Cree village of Ouje-Bougoumou is located near the city.
Chibougamau is accessed by Route 167 from Lac-Saint-Jean region and by Route 113 from Lebel-sur-Quevillon.
Website of Chibougamau: www.ville.chibougamau.qc.ca