Following a path going through a forest of magnificent trees, you suddenly end up on a strangely round-shaped lake. The lake is so round that it looks like as if a meteor has left its mark on the Earth. It is a vast hole where rainwater is now accumulating. The golden sometimes reddish colour of the extremely fine and compact sand on the shores of the lake contrasts with the dark green fir trees. You feel like you have ended up in a place where the boreal forest and the southern beaches meet.
You are in the Abitibi RCM and are standing in front of a kettle lake. Previously buried under the ice, this landscape has been entirely shaped by the passing of glaciers. A peak of ice that has sunk into the ground has formed this lake. The sand—the essential component of these rare geological formations called eskers—is the result of the erosion caused by glaciers. Under your feet, under a thick layer of sand, flows an immense body of water filtered by eskers and known to be the purest in the world.
In the summer, water plays a vital role in the life of the people living in this region. From festivals and artistic fountains to many water sports, water is an essential part of their pride and everyday life.
In the winter, the ice regains its rightful place, covering lakes and rivers and adorning trees with shiny crystals.
During all seasons, you will find here a proud population, living in harmony with nature and being well aware of its history.