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Top picks in Vallée-de-l’Or

1. Recreational forest

Hiking, mountain biking, zip lining, skating, fat biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, outdoor fireplaces, reception chalet, equipment rentals: “It’s nature—only well organized and accessible to everyone!” - Pierre, Val-d’Or  

2. Rotary tower/Parc Belvédère 

The rotary tower offers a stunning view of the city and surrounding area. “Music at Sunset” is the best time of day to visit. “It’s a moving experience.” - Norman, Val-d’Or   


3. Musée minéralogique de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue/Canadian Malartic Mine

During this fun, informative visit, you’ll learn all about what makes our soil so rich. A visit to the Canadian Malartic Mine is a must. “It’s impressive, it’s enormous—it’s part of what makes us who we are.” - Tommy, Malartic  

4. Les Jardins à Fleur de peau  

A waterfront haven where sculpture, landscaping features, bonsai and poetry meet and mingle. “Artists Jacques Pelletier and Francyne Plante were only too happy to talk about their approach, to explain the human aspect of things.” - Thérèse, La Sarre  

Jacques Pelletier - Photo : Christian Leduc
5. École buissonnière

Val-d’Or residents have a soft spot for this nature trail, which winds through a forest next to a river. Bring your own picnic!

It’s a gorgeous spot, and I couldn’t believe how many birds we saw. It was magical!” - Rina, Rivière-Héva   

6. Cité de l’Or/Bourlamaque Mining Village

Experience what it’s like to go deep underground in an old mine.  Surface visits will tell you more about Val-d’Or’s incredible origin story.  

7. Microbrasserie Le Prospecteur

Drop by for outstanding beer, served by friendly staff in a laidback atmosphere and paired with delicious dishes. We also love it for the live music, the patio overlooking downtown, and the adjoining general store.  

Photo : Vicky Neveu
8. Choco-Mango 

When Olga first arrived from Guatemala, it didn’t take her long to win the hearts of Val d’Or residents with her warm personality, premium-quality chocolate and other sweet treats. There’s so much to love, including the old-fashioned honeymoons, the chocolate-and-wine pairings, the homemade ice cream and the spiced hot chocolate.  

9. Bar-Bistro L’Entracte

One of the best restaurants in the region, with a menu that includes tapas, sushi and steak. There’s also a wide selection of wine, sparkling wine, beer and cocktails, all served in a relaxed lounge atmosphere.  

10. La Tanière William J Walter  

La Tanière is a member of the William J. Walter Saucissier company. It offers a wide variety of quality products from across Québec,  including fine cheeses, charcuterie, olives, sauerkraut, sauces and beers.