Two historical sites to discover: A gold mine and its mining village
Discover the two historic sites that make up La Cité de l’Or, located in Val-d’Or in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Quebec, Canada. The Old-Lamaque-Gold-Mine is an interpretation centre.
The Cité de l’Or proposes to you exceptional attractions that present the mining industry of gold. Above-ground as well as underground, discover who and what built the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region and the origin of Quebec’s economic development.
This is the only location in Canada that really immerses visitors in the heart of the gold mine operation. It’s among the most prolific mines in the country for several decades, which allows tourists to visit a mining Village, classified historical and still inhabited today.
Become a miner for one day. Live the unique experience of a genuine underground visit, at some 91 meters (300 ‘) in the Old-Lamaque-Mine galleries. Visiting the 5 heritage buildings gives you to opportunity to sample the gigantism of many types of equipment and to understand the daily operations of a mining complex. At the Assay laboratory, you will experience firsthand a real and fascinating fusion operation. You’ll be the witness of the passing of solid ore to a liquid state, allowing the fabrication of a gold bar.
The permanent exhibit “Gold in our veins” is a must! This new exhibit tells the stories of mining workers from the 1920’s to today, and explains the important role the Lamaque Mine played on the economic, social and cultural levels. Assisted by a variety of interactive tools, our visitors experiment what it feels like to drill rock. Discover the different trades and the life of these valorous men, proud builders of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region.
The new interactive exhibit “At home in Bourlamaque” is waiting for you at the Village minier de Bourlamaque, at the Historical House. Set in a 1940’s residential décor, the exhibition will allow you to discover what characterized the past and current lives of the mining village’s inhabitants. Come and discover the many faces of the lifestyle that families living in the mining village experienced. What were the social and moral dilemmas they had to face? What was the role occupied by mothers for the organization and management of the household? What were the challenges of settling in a new region, rich but isolated, or then again, how did the inhabitants deal with management authority, unions and political-religious milieus? What about the intercultural cohabitation and the life “borderline” legal and all the temptations that the Golden Valley had to offer?
Audioguide tour: A village’s story. Unique witness to the Abitibi gold rush, the Village-Minier-de-Bourlamaque historical site will delight you with its 60 log houses, still lived-in today. Strolling along with our audioguide, listen to the “Radio Bourlamaque” show that tells short stories during this brief period of our history.
The Geo/Rallye: For inquisitive minds! Dynamic, educational, enriching: this activity is inspired by the geocaching game and initiates the participant to the workings of global positioning systems, as used by todays’ prospectors. Enriching, on the scientific and teamwork levels both, this activity proposes two themes: gold and mineral exploration.
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Summer: From June to Labor Day. Under and above-ground visits, reservations are recommended. Several departures every day, 7/7.
Fall: September & October, from Wednesday to Sunday. Reservations are recommended.
Winter & Spring: For groups of 10 and over. Upon reservation only.
Requirements for underground visit is a minimum age of 6 years old, a body height of 1,09 meters and warm clothing and closed shoes are required (underground temperature: 8 ° C).
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