Top things to do in Far North

Park in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Parc National d'Aiguebelle

This lovely park is characterized by magnificent canyons and gorges, massive rocky cliffs with fascinating geological formations, and excellent, rugged hiking trails (some 30km worth) flanked by trees 200 years old.…
Park in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Parc National d’Opémican

This 252-sq-km park, where Lake Temiskaming divides the provinces of Québec and Ontario, has two main sectors: Pointe-Opémican to the south and Rivière-Kipawa to the north. The majority of the park's facilities are …
Park in Chibougamau

Lakes Albanel-Mistassini-et-Waconichi Wildlife Reserve

Spanning 16,385 sq km of forests, lakes and vast open spaces, Québec's largest wildlife reserve – formerly run by Sépaq, the provincial park's agency – is now managed by the Cree community. The park's Lake Waconichi…
Museum in Val d’Or

La Cité de l'Or

You don mining gear to go underground in this restored gold mine, which operated from 1935 to 1985 – cool! Actually, it's more than cool – it can get downright chilly down there, as you're getting a sampling of a mi…
Cultural Centre in Oujé-Bougoumou

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute

In a dramatic contemporary building with curved wood beams supporting the soaring ceilings, this gallery showcases elements of Cree culture, from tools to clothing to bead work. You might listen to video recordings …
Cafe in Ville-Marie

Chez Eugène

In a Victorian manor opposite the lake, Chez Eugène serves grilled cheese sandwiches, croissants and other pastries in the morning, and an assortment of soups, salads and sandwiches (try the veggie pâté with onion c…
Music in Rouyn-Noranda

Festival de Musique Émergente

Rouyn-Noranda gets its groove on every summer with this eclectic music festival that draws performers from across Québec and Canada. It normally takes place on the last weekend in August. Book lodging in advance, an…
Cafe in Rouyn-Noranda

Le St-Honoré

French-style pastries, from éclairs to pains au chocolat, creative breakfasts (including a variety of eggs Benedict) and tasty sandwiches are the highlights at this bright and cheerful cafe, which is a genial spot t…
Cafe in Val d’Or

Balthazar Café

Equal parts cafe, bakery and deli, Balthazar does a line in delicious homemade sandwiches, plus a range of soups, salads and sweets. It's a good place to pick up a picnic for the road or to linger over coffee.
Park in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Réserve Faunique la Vérendrye

Relatively accessible, this immense park is primarily a canoeing destination. Satisfying circuits of varying lengths have been mapped, and there are stunning campgrounds and chalets around the lakes' edges.