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Top picks in Abitibi-Ouest 

During the summer of 2019, the team toured the region’s farmers’ markets and dropped by several popular Holiday events to ask the locals about their must-see spots for tourists and newcomers. We spoke to almost three hundred people who were happy to tell us about their favourite places in the region to eat, spend time in nature, admire the view, and bring their family. Our consultation culminated in the Carte des (55) coups de cœur des gens de lAbitibi-Témiscamingue (Map of (55) top picks by Abitibi-Témiscamingue locals), produced in collaboration with Attractivité Abitibi-Témiscamingue (AAT).  

So, without further ado, here are the 11 destinations in Abitibi-Ouest that made the Map.  

1. Île Nepawa  

Visitors go mainly for the view from the magnificent covered bridge. This stunning island in the middle of Lac Abitibi offers up unforgettable sunsets, not to mention gorgeous views of the ancestral homes and fishermen in the distance. The island’s orchard is a central feature of the landscape.  

2. Fromagerie La vache À Maillotte 

At this mainstay in La Sarre, our favorites are the cheese curds, cheddars and tortillons, not to mention fine cheeses such as Jocoeur, Allegretto and Bâtisseur. Inside the shop, you’ll also find an adorable bakery and a range of local products.  

Photo : Hugo Lacroix

3. La Troupe à Cœur Ouvert 

For more than 40 years, La Troupe à Coeur ouvert has specialized in musicals. Over the years, it’s put on such major hits as Le Paradis du Nord. This summer, it will be presenting Michel Tremblay’s play Encore une fois, si vous permettez. “The Troupe puts on amazing productions on a par with the greatest musicals.” - Marie-Philippe, Palmarolle. 

4. Rapide-Danseur 

A romantic village, according to local resident Ghislain. But you don’t need to convince us! The charming bridge over the rapids on Rivière Duparquet, the fieldstone church (an historic site) and the La Promenade and La Lune walking trails speak for themselves.  


5. Macamic and Colombourg sector

Macamic is a must-see destination, with its outdoor activities (Grand Héron hiking trails and observation deck and La Montagne à Fred trail), farm visit complete with local products (Fromages Fromabitibi), the Claude-Morin collection and the Gîte le Presbytère.  

Le Gîte du Presbytère offre des chambres douillettes. Photo : Claudine Gagné
6. Restaurant Le Poste  

The historic fire warden’s house, located on the banks of Rivière Turgeon, was redeveloped to turn the main building into a restaurant, Le Poste, which specializes in pizza. It’s a hidden gem that’s making a name for itself in the region.  

7. Sainte-Germaine-Boulé  

This quaint farming village has many stories to tell. The Centre plein air Skinoramik which offers spectacular views, has its own Shack à Pépère. The spinning wheel located in the heart of the village is in the Guinness Book of Records. It’s also home to the Temple de la renommée du pétage de bretelles.  

8. École du Rang II in Authier  

Experience a typical school day in the 1940s, complete with a visit from the parish priest, desks lined up in order of size, a wood-burning stove, and a rap on the knuckles with a ruler. It’s an experience sure to delight grandparents, parents and grandchildren alike.  

9. Maison Turgeon AND 10. la Route du patrimoine forestier  

Visitors go for the tales told by the delightful Marcel Bouchard, who brings the past to life in the ancestral home as he recounts the rich history of Chazel. From there, take the Route du patrimoine forestier, following the larger-than-life sculptures that represent the many facets of the forestry industry.  


11. Gallichan  

At the marina, you’ll find watercraft for rent, a picnic area and a playground. In August, the Traversée fantastique is fun for the whole family. The Collection archéologique Joseph Bérubé features some of the archaeological objects unearthed at five Indigenous settlements. “I love the atmosphere, the easy access to Lac Abitibi, and the history” - Karine, Sainte-Germaine-de-Boulé