For starters, the road to Abitibi is a huge change of scenery and offers the perfect backdrop for impromptu pit stops. Sixty-six percent of the region is occupied by forests, which means that no matter where you are, you will hear the wind rustling through the leaves and the songs of native birds.
First stop: the Réserve faunique La Vérendrye, at the entrance to Abitibi-Témiscamingue. A true paradise for fishing, forest gathering and wildlife observation. Stop here and you might see migrating birds, white-tailed deer, or even moose. Camp on site: the reserve has more than a thousand pitches where you can set up your tent.
Then, head to Parc national d’Aiguebelle for the observation of moose, beaver, mink, heron or osprey, to name a few. Explore this extraordinary landscape sculpted by time, with its various geological formations. Home to 50 km of trails, the park offers a vast selection when it comes to the length of your hikes, with the option of spending the night in the boreal forest.
Located in Amos, the Refuge Pageau is an absolute must. Its founder, the former trapper Mr. Pageau, wanted to welcome and care for wild animals, before setting them free (if possible).
The vast territory of Abitibi-Témiscamingue is stunning in its nature and colours.
On the road, listen to Richard Desjardins to get into the local mood.