Here are the 11 destinations in Rouyn-Noranda that made the Carte des coups de cœur des gens de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
Aiguebelle has so much to offer, from interpretation activities to breathtaking vistas. The footbridge, the spiral staircase, and the giant’s kettle are all favourites. “From cabins to rustic campsites to ready-to-camps, there’s something for everyone!” - Denise, La Sarre
2. Lac Osisko
Rouyn-Noranda residents love walking and cycling along the Sentier polyvalent Osisko (incidentally, the Vélo-Cité booth offers bikes for rent). They “stop to pick blueberries or raspberries,” says Hermine, from Rouyn-Noranda. They love spending time with their families at Parc Trémoy and visiting the Dumulon general store, an historic site.
3. Vieux-Noranda cultural district
The district plays host to the main stages of the FME and the Festival des Guitares du monde. You’ll find the galleries L’Écart - lieu d’art actuel and Rock Lamothe - Art Contemporain as well as the Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux-Noranda, Agora des arts, and Cabaret de la dernière chance theatres.
Collines Kékéko boasts nearly twenty hiking trails sure to please everyone. You’ll marvel at all the wonders of nature, big and small: rivers, rocky cliffs, caverns, small wildlife, waterfalls and idyllic landscapes.
A green oasis nestled in the heart of downtown with more than 25,000 plants, trees and shrubs. An enchanting trail that wraps around a small lake. The area, a favourite spot for ducks, is also dotted with tables, making it a great place for a picnic.
The bistro offers healthy meals prepared in an open kitchen and served in a warm and inviting atmosphere. In the chocolate shop, you’ll find bite-sized pieces, fun molded candy, fondues and, most importantly, spiced hot chocolate blends. “It’s nice to sip a hot chocolate while playing a board game.” - Marie-Elise, Rouyn-Noranda
According to Véronique and Sophie from Rouyn-Noranda, you never know what you’ll find on the bold and surprising tapas menu. It’s a great spot! The open kitchen, decor dominated by a huge canvas, carefully curated playlist, and lively patio all make for a great ambiance!
Woven into the fabric of the community, the MA is a reflection of the vibrant local culture. It has a special relationship with First Nations artists; it also takes a strong interest in the Far North and works to promote American art. Exhibitions, special activities, education, gift shop.
We love this recreational area, located a stone’s throw away from downtown, because it’s so easy to get to. During summer, you can enjoy the beach and the walking trail (with lookouts, footbridges and rest stops) that winds its way around Lac Noranda. During winter, you can explore it by foot or on snowshoes or cross-country skis.
10. Mont Chaudron
Mont Chaudron is one of the most photographed places in the region and was even featured in a book by photographer Mathieu Dupuis, published by National Geographic. This geological phenomenon is fascinating—there’s almost something mythical about it. We recommend you observe it from the ground because the climb can be perilous!
11. Café-Bar L’Abstracto
“The best coffee, exceptional service, one-of-a-kind place.” - Fanny, La Sarre.
“Good coffee, great atmosphere, board games—everything you could ask for!” - Hélène, Rouyn-Noranda.
“The staff are like friends!” - Martin, Rouyn-Noranda.
That’s right—everything you could ask for!