The Abitibi-Témiscamingue region, the traditional territory of the Algonquin and Cree nations, was settled by Europeans in the late 19th century. A place of historical trade between European fur traders and Algonquin, this vast resource-rich region also hosted the first gold prospectors in the early 20th century.
Outdoor enthusiasts are spoiled by the vastness and generous nature of this territory which offers recreational activities during every season. Activities related to the observation and interpretation of nature, as well as hunting and fishing, have many followers and generate significant economic benefits. Access is facilitated by the region’s numerous forest roads and snowmobile trails.
The region boasts an impressive vocational, college and university education network. The Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue has been welcoming foreign students for 20 years.
The cultural industry is flourishing, as evidenced by its many festivals and events, such as the Emerging Music Festival, the Foire gourmande de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue et du Nord-Est ontarien (a food lovers’ fair), and the Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (movie festival). A number of tourist attractions will be of interest to visitors, including the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Mineralogical Museum; the Site patrimonial Cité de l’Or / Village minier de Bourlamaque (historical sites); and the Parc-Aventure Joannès (adventure park), in the Rouyn-Noranda area.