Val-d'Or has prospered from the dozens of gold mines discovered in the vicinity. The Sigma mine, located within the town's limits, has been in operation since 1935 and continues to be one of Québec's richest gold-bearing mines. The Lamaque mine suspended operations in the mid 1980s but this was offset by the discovery of a large reserve of copper, zinc and gold in 1989. Known as the Louricourt mine, it began production in 1994.
The lumber business is also important to the economy of Val-d'Or; the forests of the Abitibi region provide 65% of the lumber produced in Québec. An industrial park, created in 1972, provides some 3000 jobs in numerous industries. Val-d'Or is also a service centre, with the third-busiest airport in Québec. The first 65 log cabins built beside the Lamaque mine in 1934 are still in their original state, and in 1978 this section of the town was designated a historic site. The Bourlamaque Miners' Village commemorates the gold rush that brough Val-d'Or into existence. The Exposition Centre promotes regional visual artists. The town has a music conservatory and a large hospital, and offers university services.
Author BENOÎT-BEAUDRY GOURD
Links to Other Sites
This Tourisme Québec website is devoted to the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region. Check out the links to the Musée minéralogique de Malartic, Fort Témiscamingue and other regional attractions.
An online guide to the history of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region.