Founded in 1935 on a land where the Anicinabeg had been hunting for several centuries, Val-d’Or is the gateway to Abitibi-Témiscamingue and an important geographical crossroads, situated at the junction of the Trans-Canada Highway and air and road routes to the North. Visitors can feel the beat of this city, where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people live together, and meet Quebecers from fifty or so countries on the legendary 3rd Avenue. They marvel at the fairy-tale setting of Forêt récréative, crisscrossed by cross-country skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing and skating trails. They quench their thirst for arts and culture thanks to a variety of festivals (blues, alternative music, stories and legends, humor, etc.), the always rich and contemporary program of the Centre d’exposition and the many events organized by and held at the Conservatoire de musique de Val-d’Or.
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