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Ten minutes from Ville Marie, at the confluence of the Ottawa River and Lake Timiskaming lie the remnants of Fort Témiscamingue, an old fur trading post originally established by Montreal merchants around 1679.
Stop at Saint Saveur, a quaint village with unique shops and fabulous finds, en route to Mont Tremblant. The Mont Tremblant area has numerous campgrounds, along with a large campground at Mont Tremblant National Park – be sure to book your preferred campground before you travel.
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Discover Devil's Mountain and enjoy spectacular views from one of its four summits. The wild beauty of this regional park has more than 80km of spectacular walking trails for all ages and abilities.
Choose to spend more time today in Montagne du Diable Regional Park before continuing on to Val d'Or or just hit the road and see what the day brings. Perhaps stop off at one of the many lakes along Hwy 117 to relax or maybe rent a canoe.
If you have an extra day in your schedule you might like to break this day into two and visit Aigubelle National Park. Beaver, moose, heron and osprey call this park home and great hiking trails take you to a variety of geological phenomena. Cross a 22 metre high suspension bridge and admire the spectacular scenery.
The road to Ville Marie takes you through the town of Rouyn-Noranda. The Magasin général Dumulon is a must stop here. Built by Jos Dumulon and his family in 1924, it is now a history museum and one of the main historic sites in the town. Whilst in town, call in at St George's Russian Orthodox Church, now a historic interpretation centre managed by La maison Dumulon.
Continue on to Ville-Marie, one of the oldest towns in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region.
Ten minutes from Ville Marie, at the confluence of the Ottawa River and Lake Timiskaming lie the remnants of Fort Témiscamingue, an old fur trading post originally established by Montreal merchants around 1679.. Little now remains of the last Fort built there but the site is notable for its cultural and natural heritage. Parks Canada have partnered with the Timiskaming First Nation to preserve the site through exhibits and reenactments highlighting the place’s cultural history. Take a walk in the “Enchanted Forest” and explore the park’s three distinct natural areas. Learn about the rivalry between French and English settlers for control of the fur trade.
Later, continue on to Laniel to visit Opermican National Park, the newest of Quebec’s provincial parks. Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle Lake Kipawa, rent a bike or stroll along the beach. Visit the welcome centre and learn some First Nations legends. Parc national d’Opermican is a place of breathtaking beauty.
Let Rafting Momentum take you down the Ottawa River for an ultimate white water experience. Before heading down to Bryson for this adrenalin-pumping experience, take the short drive out to Chutes Coulonge Park.
The park has its roots in the timber trade when the area was a big supplier of squared timber to Great Britain after the American Revolution and Napoleonic Wars cut of timber supplies for ship masts from other areas. The hiking, tree-top obstacle course, zip lines and Via Ferrata at Chutes Coulonge Park will have your heart racing.