Val-d’Or was founded in 1935 on a land where the Anicinabeg had been hunting for several centuries. It is the gateway to Abitibi-Témiscamingue and an important geographical crossroads, situated at the junction of the Trans-Canada Highway and air and road routes to the North. Visitors can feel the beat of this city, where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people live side by side. They also come across Quebecers from fifty or so countries on the legendary 3rd Avenue. They marvel at the fairy-tale setting of Forêt récréative, crisscrossed by cross-country skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing and skating trails. They quench their thirst for arts and culture thanks to a variety of festivals.