This tour is available during the months of JULY, AUGUST and SEPTEMBER. The program may be amended on request to meet your requirements.
EVA, YOUR TRAVEL AGENT
Phone : 514-288-6077
Details and printable version in the above PDF.
DAYS 1, 2 and 3 : MONTREAL
Welcome to Montreal! Time to hear some Canadian French accent, often mixed with the accents of the few 80 cultural communities that inhabit the city!
This buzzing city offers a vibrant cultural bridge between America and Europe. From the cobblestone streets of the Old Port to the skyscrapers of the business district, take a stroll down the pedestrian underground network and commercial thoroughfares. Overflowing with creativity and dynamism, Montreal is criss-crossed by hundreds of bike lanes and green spaces, which make it a truly enjoyable place to live.
DAY 4 : MONTREAL – HAUTE MAURICIE REGION, CLUB ODANAK
This morning, you will leave Montreal by train towards the vast outdoors of the Haute-Mauricie region. You just boarded one of the last trains to still serve some of Quebec most remote villages. It often stops upon request to pick up passengers in the middle of beautiful nowhere. No train station, no house to be seen, and yet people will be waiting next to the tracks to gesture a stop to the driver.
Upon arrival in La Tuque, private transfer to the Club Odanak outfitter. Located in a beautiful area of lakes and forests on the Atikamekw ancestral lands, the outfitter is also entirely managed by this First Nation community. It will be a great opportunity to discover native culture and enjoy the great Canadian outdoors.
DAY 5 : HAUTE MAURICIE REGION, CLUB ODANAK
Full board stay at the Club Odanak to fully enjoy the beautiful surroundings and all available equipment on site. You will meet with your charming hosts, Steve and Veronique, and participate in an Atikamekw cooking workshop.
DAY 6 : HAUTE MAURICIE REGION – SENNETERRE
After lunch, private transfer to La Tuque train station to continue your soothing train journey towards the Abitibi-Temiscamingue region. Get comfortable in your seats, play games, read and relax as our timeless train’s magic happens again.
DAY 7 : SENNETERRE – VAL D’OR
In the morning, you will collect your rental car and drive towards Val d’Or, a former gold mining town founded in 1935 on Anicinabek ancestral hunting lands.
Val d’Or is the gateway to the Abitibi-Temiscamingue region.
Optional activities include the visit of Val d’Or Gold City, a stop at the Kinawit Anicinabek traditional site to learn about Candian First Nations, sampling a locally-produced beer at « Le Prospecteur » brewery, or enjoy tasty regional dishes at regional cuisine at « Les Becs Sucrés-Salés » restaurant.
DAY 8 : VAL D’OR – AIGUEBELLE NATIONAL PARK
Continuation towards Amos to visit the Pageau wildlife shelter.
You may also stop at the Miellerie de la Grande Ourse (Great Bear Honey Factory), an organic honey factory.
Run by the Pageau family for 30 years, the Pageau Shelter is a home for sick, wounded and orphaned wild animals. With care and patience, they are nurtured back to health and every time that it’s possible, released into the wild.
Then catch your first glimpse of the Aiguebelle National Park, a spectacular natural treasure whose hills and lakes bear witness to the great glaciers of before. You will spend a night in the park in a “Rustic Canada” camp without water and electricity to fully experience life in the great outdoors. A forest ranger will welcome you with all the necessary tips to enjoy the night!
DAY 9 : AIGUEBELLE NATIONAL PARK
Aiguebelle National Park tells a story of 2.7 billions years. Its breathtaking surroundings – rifts, hills, prairies, clear and brown open waters – will both surprise and amaze you. The southern Abijevis hills, lakes, rocky cliffs and natural panoramic viewpoints will enjoyably punctuate the day. Consider renting a boat or a bike and participating in scheduled activities with naturalist guides.
DAY 10 : AIGUEBELLE NATIONAL PARK – ROUYN NORANDA – OPEMICAN NATIONAL PARK
Continuation towards Rouyn Noranda and the Temiscaming Lake. As you will get close to Rouyn Noranda, notice the copper landmark upper hill that proudly welcomes you to the “National Capital of Copper”. Stop at the Dumulon General Store for a little time travel or see the works of native and immigrant artists in the Art Museum.
A small urban break before heading to Opemican National Park, next to the beautiful Temiscaming Lake.
DAY 11 : OPEMICAN NATIONAL PARK
It is quite impossible to remain unmoved when confronted with the recently open spectacular landscape of Opemican National Park. Bordered on every side by Temiscaming Lake and Kipawa Lake, the park covers 253.5 km2 of wild nature. Walking its trails, you may encounter endangered species of birds such as fishers, peregrine falcons or chimney swifts. Climb up the Inukshuk trail and learn about the history of floating drive.
DAY 12 : OPEMICAN NATIONAL PARK – TEMISCAMING LAKE
Continuation towards Ville-Marie, on the shores of the majestic Temiscaming Lake – the lake stretches 110 km long and covers an area of 300 km2. As you walk the streets of Ville-Marie, you will see century-old Victorian houses, a former agricultural school built with fieldstones and Boomtown houses in the old city center. At walking distance, the “Parc du Centenaire” offers a fantastic view upon the lake. It is also the starting point of Quebec “Green Route”.
DAY 13 : TEMISCAMING LAKE – ROUYN NORANDA – MONTREAL
Drive back to Rouyn-Noranda to return your rental car and take your domestic flight to Montreal, followed by your international flight back home.
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- Loose all sense of time as you embark on a train journey that will take you through the wild reaches of Western Quebec remote territories!
- Make a stop at the Club Odanak outfitter in Atikamekw lands and enjoy your first contact with great outdoors and Canadian First Nations’ cultures; Take part in an Atikamekw cooking workshop.
- Sleep in unusual accommodation: outfitter lodging, Prospector Tent, rustic camp, cabin.
- Live the “Rustic Canada” experience by staying at a round-log camp without water or electricity. A forest ranger will give you all the tips to make it through the night!
- Explore spectacular National Parks: Aiguebelle National Park and Opemican National Park, open to the public only since 2019!
- Discover some of Western Quebec best-kept secrets: the Val d’Or former gold mine, the Pageau wildlife shelter, or the Kinawit traditional native site.
To personalize this tour, please contact your travel agent Eva Rodrigue at [email protected]