Discover the majestic beauty of Lake Abitibi by strolling across the covered bridge on Île Nepawa. Climb to the top of an observation tower for an unobstructed view of a breathtaking landscape. Learn the fascinating stories of the builders from those who knew them personally. Marvel at the courage of the fire rangers and experience everyday life in a schoolhouse.
Take a moment to welcome the calm that surrounds you. Take a deep breath, centre yourself, open yourself up to possibility and…
After a few days here, I challenge you to keep thinking the city is where you feel most alive. After you’ve met the smiling locals, who ask you where you’re from… After they’ve invited you on their boats, on their ATVs, to their hunting camps or even to their homes, to sit around the campfire… After you realize what a big, happy family we are… And not because everyone knows each other (let’s not exaggerate). But because everyone’s willing to get to know each other, to get together, to help out with the latest crazy idea. Because when someone comes up with a plan, we all get on board and make it happen.
Combine this with the majesty of Lac Abitibi, as vast as an inland sea, that still glimmers with the spirit of the Anicinabek people, who gathered on its shores every summer to celebrate births and marriages and to forget the hardships of winter and the sorrows of lost loved ones with games and feasts. Then add the beauty of the fields and the barns, whose grey, weather-beaten boards tell the story of a land we cleared with our bare hands, without any machinery, through bitterly cold, snowbound winters. Layer this with wildflowers growing everywhere, on the sides of the roads, like so many unlikely arrangements of fireweed, wheat, buttercups and cattails.
There’s nothing stressful in Abitibi-Ouest, except for maybe the sound of a passing snowmobile or motorboat. Yet we don’t feel like we’re missing out on anything. Life is simple, relaxed, but when we feel the need to shake things up, everyone’s always game. But that doesn’t stop us from taking it easy, from spending quality time with each other, helping each other and going out of our way to make visitors feel welcome. You can do whatever you want here—it’s completely up to you. But take it from us: You’ll find out what it’s like to feel truly alive.
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