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Five Good Reasons to Hire a Hunting Outfitter

Five Good Reasons to Hire a Hunting Outfitter

Perhaps your plans include some hunting this fall? Well, the season is fast approaching! Luckily, there are plenty of outfitters in the RCM of Vallée-de-l’Or and their services can make a big difference in your hunting experience. Whether you’re a seasoned hunter or a novice, here are five good reasons to hire an outfitter.

A Guide Makes Life Easier

As far as I can tell, of all the benefits an outfitter provides, a hunting guide is top of the list. A guide really makes life a lot easier.

 

Outfitting guides know the terrain like the back of my hand. They are readily able to get you to the hunting grounds, either by vehicle or boat. Guides are skilled at adapting their service style and approach to each and every hunter, veteran and newbie alike. A staff member at Fournisseurs du Nord, an outfitter specialized in bear-hunting, talked to me about hunters’ various different intentions and goals as they head out. Some want to head home with a hunting trophy, others with the first bear they see. Guides can help them to reach their objective, whatever that may be.

High Success Rate

Another great part about an outfitter is that everything is geared to maximize your chances of success. No one wants to come home empty-handed! Luckily, outfitters are based in areas that are ideal for hunting.

 

The hunting areas are usually baited. Fournisseurs du Nord does this with bears and so their success rate is 100%. What more could you ask for in a hunting trip?

Accommodation and Meals Included

It is customary for outfitters’ hunting packages to include room and board. Two things to take off your to-do list! Clean, comfortable chalets are easy to find through outfitters in the area. There is something for everyone, from rustic cabins to fully-equipped chalets. If you’re more of a camping type, a number of outfitters also offer campgrounds. And with meals included it’s stress-free! Makes for a much more pleasant hunting trip.

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a Cabin at the Matchi-Manitou outfitter

Meeting Kindred Spirits

During hunting season, many of the outfitters are full. It’s an ideal opportunity to meet other hunters who are also enjoying the benefits of dealing with an outfitter. You may even learn some tricks of the trade or be drawn to share a few of your own hunting tips.

 

It is also a great way to celebrate your success with others. Many outfitters, like Fournisseurs du Nord, celebrate hunters who got their animal. Your hunting trip could very well end on a high note, in a festive atmosphere.

Safety

With an outfitter, you’re always sure that someone is tracking the comings and goings of each and every hunter. At the Matchi-Manitou outfitter, there’s a staff member assigned to making sure that everyone has come back safely from their day hunting.

 

Outfitters’ hunting areas are protected. No squabbles, no other hunters on your turf (aside from other clients with the same outfitter). You can hunt with complete peace of mind.

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Lake Matchi-Manitou

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Top view of the Fournisseurs du Nord outfitter

Cover picture | Zachery Perry – Unsplash

Hunting outfitter in Val-d'Or
10 Artists to Add to Your Playlist

10 Artists to Add to Your Playlist

Quebec is full of exceptional singers and musicians. Here in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, we’re blessed with some of the most talented among them. Whatever your preferred musical style, you’ll definitely find something you like in the great repertoire of music in this area.  We wanted to introduce—or reintroduce—a few of the region’s artists. The list could have been a lot longer, but, for starters, here are 10 musical artists from Abitibi-Témiscamingue to add to your playlist.

Zach Zoya

Zach Zoya comes from Rouyn-Noranda and is now an established rapper in Montréal. At the tender young age of 21, he’d already earned the moniker ‘Quebec’s Drake’. Perhaps you saw him performing in Val d’Or and Rouyn-Noranda last year at the FRIMAT and FME music festivals? Increasingly making a name for himself in the province, this young artist now has quite a few songs to his credit, including a mini-album with rapper High Klassified. His tunes have hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube.

Tip: Check out Who Dat

Lubik

Alexandre Picard, Jean-Sébastien Trudel, Christian Frenette, and Michael Neault formed the musical group Lubik in 2010. The rock band has made frequent appearances these past few years, at the Osisko en Lumières (2016) and FRIMAT (2017) music festivals to name a couple. Lubik’s made a name for themselves in Quebec. They were featured on Belle et Bum (Quebec TV show) and received three awards at the Dédé Fortin festival in 2014. Originally from La Sarre, the four band members flaunt their Abitibi pride, as evidenced in their piece Abitibi Power.

Tip: Have a listen to Laisse-toé aller

Vertige

Vertige is a four-member reggae-pop-alternative-type band. Originally from Rouyn-Noranda, Marc-Olivier Gratton, Guillaume Laroche, Olivier Migneault and Shawnee Jacques-Godard came together as a group about five years ago. They’re known for their punchy stage performances and love getting audiences up and moving. They performed at FRIMAT in 2017 and their latest album, Renaître, came out in March 2019.

Tip: Check out Jeunes et cons

Saratoga

Founded in 2015, the Saratoga duo is made up of Val d’Or native Chantal Archambault and her partner Michel-Olivier Gasse. Chantal is a songwriter, composer and performer who started a solo career a few years before Saratoga was formed. In 2011, she was nominated for an ADISQ award. Now, her full-time commitment is to Saratoga, a folk music duo that has produced an EP as well as a full-length album.

Tip : Have a listen to On est pas du monde

Nanochrome

Big winners at FRIMAT in 2014, Nanochrome is an Indie rock group made up of five members, Alex Poirier-Lemoine, Gabriel Poirier-Lemoine, François Lachapelle, Fred Plante and Michaël Neault. Their album L’exutoire came out in 2015 and, since then, the Val-d’Or natives have performed often at festivals in the area, such as Osisko en Lumières in 2016. They even performed in Montréal for the first time in 2017.

Tip: Check out Entre-temps

Phil Moreau

Phil Moreau is a songwriter, composer and performer from Rouyn Noranda. His career began around 2010, with the recording of his first demo. He subsequently performed in a number of festivals, including FRIMAT, where he won the Télé-Québec award for his lyrics in 2011 and where he also performed in 2018. In 2017, he put out the mini album Gros temps, with five folk-rock songs.

Tip: Have a listen to La mauvaise herbe ne meurt jamais

Laurence Doire

Only 20 years old, Laurence Doire is a country singer from Beaucanton. Based out of Montréal, this young woman produced her first album Soirée du Nord in October 2018, which included six songs in French. Since 2015, she’s been lead singer with the five-piece Laurence Doire country band. She now performs at a lot of parties and events.

Tip: Check out Ek’ mon skidoo

Cleõphüzz

Originally from Ville-Marie in Témiscamingue, Cleõphüzz is a psychedelic rock band whose work is infused with desert themes. Alex Sabourin, Joseph Grenier, Joé Poitras, Xavier Nadeau Ouellet and Caroline Rondeau make up the group. They performed last year at FRIMAT, and put out an EP called Wizard of Phuzz in 2018. On March 20 this year, their new piece, Desperados, was picked up by Spotify.

Tip: Have a listen to Sandstorm

Adam Brousseau

Adam Brousseau is a young musician from La Sarre, now living in Drummondville. Although he’s just 18 years old, he put out his first album called Paradox in 2018. He opened for the Dead Obies last year at FRIMAT and all indications are that a bright musical future lies ahead.  Brousseau is a singer, songwriter, composer and guitarist; his music style can best be described as progressive, psychedelic rock.

Tip: Check out Incognito

Louis-Philippe Gingras

Originally from Rouyn-Noranda, Louis-Philippe Gingras is now based out of Montréal, and has performed throughout the province of Quebec. After studying jazz at university, he put out two full-length albums in 2013 and 2016, as well as numerous other singles. While being poetic, his songs are melodious, lively, and humorous.

Tip: Have a listen to Parc à chiens

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Le groupe Nanochrome au FRIMAT en 2014, photo de Marie-Claude Robert

 

Sources

Spotify

La fabrique culturelle

Bandcamp

FRIMAT

FME

Laurence Doire Country Band (site officiel)

Saratoga (site officiel)

Louis-Philippe Gingras (site officiel)

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Our Restaurants: Great Places for Lunch

Our Restaurants: Great Places for Lunch

For lunch with a business focus, lunch with friends, lunch with your sweetie pie or lunch to replace the one you forgot on the kitchen counter when you left for work, the choice in Val d’Or is endless and diverse. If you’re looking for comfort food, a healthy meal, or a quick bite, anywhere in town (east, west, downtown), you’ll find it. All palates and appetites welcome! Have a look at our five top picks for lunch in Val d’Or.

 

 

Le Conti, Continental Hotel

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Le Conti is the restaurant at the Continental Hotel. It’s popular with locals and hotel patrons alike. In addition to their regular menu, there’s a soup, salad and hot buffet as well as a weekly menu with three different options every day. Its home cooking and welcoming environment make you feel as though you’re at grandma’s house. (Providing your grandma is a great cook and as comforting as can be!)

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souvlaki-kebabs (to die for) or the bacon & liver dish

Habaneros Mexicain Grill

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The Habaneros Mexican Grill (Habaneros Grill Mexicain) is the perfect place to ease your environmental conscience (take-out is served in biodegradable containers), look after your body and take a quick trip to Latin America.  You’ll find typical South American fare, such as quesadillas and burritos, cooked in traditional style. Focus is on ingredients that are locally sourced, fresh and natural. To the delight of many, Habaneros Mexican Grill is on a roll at the moment and is opening up new restaurants by the minute. There’s a Habaneros Mexican Grill in downtown Val d’Or, and another in the western area of the city in the same building as the Van Houtte Café. There are also Habaneros restaurants in Amos, Rouyn-Noranda and Sherbrooke.

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you cannot go wrong—everything on the menu is excellent!

La Sandwicherie

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The friendly atmosphere in La Sandwicherie is what makes it so special. Mismatched chairs, cozy cushions in every possible colour, bright yellow walls that feel like constant sunshine and exhibitions that are always being refreshed.  The open-air kitchen makes for easy banter and conversation between patrons and owners. The laughter and high spirits are catching: it starts with a smile and then the cheeriness and camaraderie are so contagious that everyone becomes part of the conversation and, before you know it, customers are all kibitzing together like a bunch of old friends. Lunchtime there feels like a family reunion filled with great food and good times.

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When they ask you whether you want sauce on your sandwich, the answer is most definitely ‘yes!’. It’s made of herbs and spices and is a beautiful, original touch to whatever sandwich you’ve ordered.

Le Canon at Escale Hotel Suites

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Le Canon is the restaurant at the Escale Hotel Suites. The decor is elegantly minimalist: white plush walls, a waterfall and huge windows that let in lots of light. The environment is very calm and peaceful. It’s the ideal setting for a business lunch, a serious conversation or a quiet moment. The lunch menu is full of interesting, flavourful dishes. Your plate will be loaded with veggies and the mashed potatoes are divine!

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Give into temptation and try the Caprices de Brigitte pastry.

 

 

 

Les Becs sucrés-salés

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Folks who forgot to eat in the morning or whose favourite meal is breakfast will think they’ve died and gone to heaven here. Even at midday, delicious breakfasts are available, such as eggs Benedict, omelettes and French toast (try the cheese and fleur de sel caramel: doesn’t get any better!). Owner Régis Henlin is part of the Slow Food movement, which is evident in his menu. The Slow Food movement is focused on healthy, clean and ethically-produced food. To learn more about this international movement, click here. Les Becs Sucrés-Salés uses only top-quality, seasonal and locally- or regionally-sourced ingredients.  And the food tastes great!

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Les Becs Sucrés-Salés also has a delicatessen and sells ready-to-eat meals. On your way in or out of the restaurant, take some time to check it out: you’ll find an array of delicious, inspiring, surprising and mind-blowing things to eat.

 

Whatever lunch experience you are seeking, whoever your companions are, wherever you may be, there’s a perfect spot for you in Val d’Or. We shared our favourites with you – what are your picks?

 

Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories

When you think of October, you can’t help but think of Hallowe’en and ghost stories. There are all kinds of stories around and some of them can make us question our sanity. There are scary tales told the world over, including Val d’Or. Allow me to tell you a few of our own…

Oscar the Ghost in Hammond Place

Hammond Place has a long history. It was the head office for the Siscoe Mine in the early thirties when it was divided in three and moved to Bourlamaque, where it became the town hall in 1954. The post office and police department were also housed there. The prison ended up in the same building, in the basement, and is still there to this day, although the space has been converted into a storage vault for documents and archives. Various ministries and organizations have offices in the building. Currently, Hammond Place is the headquarters for the Regional County Municipality (RCM) of La Vallée-de-l’Or.

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For a number of years, employees working in the building have noticed disturbing noises and eerie shadows. Numerous unusual visions over the years led them to the conclusion that ‘someone’ has been living there for a long time.  Apparently, his name is Oscar. Long ago, Oscar was a prisoner in the basement of Hammond Place and ended up hanging himself in his cell. One might conclude that his ghost would be a scary one, but aside from scaring a few people here and there, he’s never hurt anyone.

 

About 25 years ago, an employee named Denise saw Oscar one morning when she’d gone into work very early. She was the only one in the office at the time. No sooner had she sat down at her desk than she noticed someone sneaking past her door and duck into the neighbouring office. She hurried into the hall to see what could possibly be going on and no one was there. She was still alone in the office. Was this just a product of her sleepy imagination? Or was Oscar indeed the visitor she spied that morning?

 

There was another similar occurrence, on December 9, 2005, to be exact. It was at the annual office Christmas party. The employees and their spouses were all gathered in the basement in the RCM boardroom. Later in the evening, they began to play board games. Everyone was busy enjoying themselves and, all of a sudden, they heard the sound of running in the staircase.  They all stopped in their tracks and immediately looked around the room to see whether everyone was there. Indeed, all were present and accounted for. Someone or something else was making all the din. The guests went upstairs to have a look around and check the doors to make sure none were unlocked, and that no one else had entered the building.  Everything seemed fine. They found no intruder, and nothing had fallen. It had snowed that evening and there was a covering of new snow outside, so had someone entered the building there would have been footprints to prove it. There were no fresh tracks in the snow. Perhaps Oscar felt envious as he watched the party-goers having such a good time…

Lake of the Evil Spirit

Do you know the legend of Lake Matchi-Manitou?

The lake is in the town of Senneterre, in the Regional County Municipality (RCM) of La Vallée-de-l’Or. Its name means ‘evil spirit’. According to indigenous legend, a great moose hunter was hunting around the lake. He was really the best: he took down the largest animals and his hunting grounds were vast. The more moose he killed, the more he sold. As the cold months approached, everyone relied on the meat he sold. He was unstoppable. He tracked and killed moose around the lake, hunting more out of pleasure than need. His ego began to swell – he became reluctant to sell the meat and even wasteful on occasion.

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One quiet, chilly fall evening, the hunter was cutting up a carcass on the other side of the lake. It was getting dark, so he quickly loaded the pieces into his canoe to get them back to his camp. As he began to paddle, the wind came up. It gathered strength, whipping up huge waves on the lake’s surface. The hunter began to panic. The boat started taking on water. It began to pour rain. Buffeted mercilessly by the waves, the hunter decided to turf the animal carcass into the water. As he did this, the canoe became top-heavy and capsized.

 

The next day, all the people he had turned against him found a birchbark canoe floating upside down on the lake and felt that justice had been done. Perhaps he’d been punished for his ego-centric ways and attracted the evil spirit that claimed his life. And so the lake got its name.

An Icy Death

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Stanley Siscoe
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It’s probably not news to you that Stanley Siscoe, who founded the Siscoe Mine in Sullivan, froze to death on this same lake.

 

Stanley Siscoe, originally called Stanlaw Siskwo, emigrated to Canada from his native Poland. He changed his name when he got here to make it easier to pronounce. He is known as the man who established the Siscoe Mine in 1912. The mine was in operation from 1929 to 1949. The mine is situated on Siscoe Island, an area inhabited by First Nations people when he arrived. They were chased off their land by development of the mine and its related infrastructure.

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The photo of Stanley Siscoe dead frozen on Lake Matchi-Manitou.
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Unfortunately, Mr. Siscoe did not live long enough to see the mine in full operation. In March 1935, he was on his way back to Montréal by air. There was a vicious storm raging at the time, with high winds and glacial temperatures. The atrocious weather forced the pilot to make an emergency landing on a frozen lake near Senneterre, Lake  Matchi-Manitou. The plane became lodged in the ice and they waited for help for two long days. Stanley Siscoe, starving and chilled to the bone, decided to walk south. His frozen body was discovered lying in the snow the next day. Of the photos taken at the time, two different ones made the rounds. One depicting a man lying on his back and another, quite similar, with bank notes strewn around his body. Was it photo enhancement? Was it robbery? Did he throw his money into the air in one final desperate gesture, as though to say that his massive fortune could not save his life? There are those who like to think that the evil spirit came to get him as punishment for expelling the First Nations from their land to build the Siscoe Mine. The evil spirit is unforgiving…

 

 

Paul-Antoine Martel, a local history buff, says that Val d’Or is fertile ground for ghost stories and mysterious rumours.

 

 

Photo de couverture | Jack Cain sur Unsplash

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The Best Cocktail Spots in Val-d’Or

The Best Cocktail Spots in Val-d’Or

Because summer just tastes so much better on a sunny patio, a refreshing cocktail in hand, I decided to do some detective work and find the best spots to unwind in Val-d’Or. I headed out on a reconnaissance mission with my friend, Marguerite (not her real name) (just for the fun of it, I decided to give someone I know a fictitious name, because I could). We established some very specific criteria for our mixology research: originality, ingredient ratios, execution and, of course, the bartender. Here are our findings:

Bar Bistro l’Entracte

The urban lounge feel at Bar Bistro l’Entracte is perfect for sitting back and enjoying a good cocktail. There, you’ll find the most extensive cocktail menu in Val-d’Or and a beautiful offering of top-quality spirits. In addition to the classics, you’ll find some house creations. Among others are L’Entracte, made with Hendrick’s gin, apple juice, sugar, lemon juice and 7 UP. It sounds sweet, but it’s actually quite refreshing and subtle on the pallet. If it’s a sweeter drink you’re after, I suggest the Limonade l’Entracte, which offers a fruity, summery taste.

One of my top favs is the Long Island Iced Tea. It’s absolutely sublime – one of the best I’ve ever tasted! It has just the right amount of alcohol in it (enough so that you know it’s there, but not so much that you feel your oesophagus being disinfected on every mouthful).

The quality of execution is certainly a reflection of bartender Daniel. He’s a talented mixologist who has been with Bar Bistro l’Entracte for a long time. His expertise, charisma and talent make the drinks and overall atmosphere there a real treat to experience.

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During my mixology research with my friend “Marguerite”. While she was enjoying Long Island Iced Tea (the brown drink), I drank a Limonade L’Entracte (the orange cocktail).

Le Prospecteur Microbrewery

Although locally brewed craft beer is their speciality, Microbrasserie Le Prospecteur does a fine job on their cocktails too. With evocative names like La Grande pêcheuse (Come Hither) and Le Café du bûcheron (Lumberjack’s Java), most of their cocktails are original creations. Sweet or subtle, refreshing or comforting, the proportions are always just right. My personal favourite is a little number called the Frasilic, a mix of strawberries, fresh basil, vodka and sparkling water.

If you sit at the bar, you may get the chance to meet the lovely barman, Olivier. Not only is he funny and congenial, he has a wonderful talent for mixology and a great deal of imagination. In fact, challenge him to whip you up a surprise cocktail? I’m quite sure you won’t be disappointed.

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With its delicious locally brewed craft beers, Le Prospecteur offers tasty beer cocktails. The one on that picture is a suggestion of bartender Olivier.  🙂 

Special Mention to La Tanière – William J. Walter

If you’re one of those people who believes that if you want something done right, you need to do it yourself or you believe you’ve got potential as a mixologist, then I suggest you head over to La Tanière. In fact, even if you aren’t one of those people (you prefer that someone make you a good drink and serve it to you), I still recommend checking out La Tanière. (You can always resort to the DIY approach when you’re snowed in or back at home, unable to enjoy our delicious Val-d’Or cocktails.)

La Tanière is a purveyor of fine foods that sells William J. Walter sausage products, but also cheeses, deli meats, hot sauces, micro-brewery beers, the best sauerkraut in town and… – drum roll – a whole range of cocktail products! The shelves are stocked with simple flavoured syrups, lemonades, ginger ale syrup, colas or tonicBloody Caesar mixgarnishes and flavoured bitters, waiting to jazz up your drinks! All you need to do is let your imagination run wild! They also have all the essential bar accessories to make you feel like Tom Cruise in Cocktail. For instance, they sell a shaker that opens easily when it’s cold (the same model professional bartenders use), a strainer to get the fresh fruit juice out without any lumps or pulp getting into your glass, a pestle to crush lime, sugar and mint in your mojito and a long spoon to stir your martinis.

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The display shelving of all cocktail products at La Tanière offers a great choice and always new stuff. 

Classic, sweet, refreshing, subtle or girly: whatever your taste, you’ll find everything you’re looking for at these four great cocktail spots in Val-d’Or. My parting suggestion would be to trust in the bartenders’ passion, expertise and talent and let them surprise you!

Let finish this blog on a good note with a clip of the great movie of Cocktail . 🙂 

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No me moleste mosquito – Dodging the mozzies!

No me moleste mosquito – Dodging the mozzies!

Summer is synonymous with warm weather, swimming in the lake, camping, kicking back on the patio, ice cream…and those blasted mosquitoes! To support peaceful cohabitation with these tiny creatures while fully enjoying your time in the outdoors, we’ve a few suggestions for all you potential blood donors: some tips for keeping them at bay and a relief plan if you aren’t successful.

How do mosquitoes select their victims?

There has been a lot of research done to determine what exactly attracts mosquitoes when they’re out looking for blood and whether some folks are more likely to get bitten than others. Although it’s a complex subject, there are some certainties to share.

Mosquitoes are primarily attracted to carbon dioxide (CO2), the gas we exhale in the process of breathing. Once mozzies have zeroed in on their blood donor, guided by their CO2 emissions, they then proceed to the next level of selection based on a number of factors.

First of all, mozzies love heat. The more heat you give off, the more they love you. Which is why it is recommended that you wear light-coloured clothing to ward off mosquitoes. Dark colours retain heat more easily so people wearing dark clothing will produce more heat and be more attractive to the mozzies. They also enjoy people who are physically active or just hotter by nature.

Smell is also very important in how mozzies choose their blood donors. Their sense of smell is actually so powerful that they can pick up about 150 different odours that emanate from the body – not all detectable by humans. The components of perspiration, skin bacteria and other smells the body gives off are all factors in how attractive an odour is to mozzies. In fact, certain perfumes and cholesterol (!) even feature among their preferences.

Another thing mozzies really love, over which you have no control, is your blood type. Japanese researchers have shown that mosquitoes have a penchant for blood type O because it’s high-protein.

A study of the correlation between drinks consumed and the frequency of mosquito bites showed that people who drink alcohol, particularly, beer, have a greater chance of being bitten than those who drink water.

How to avoid mosquitoes

Pick your times for heading outdoors.

Since mosquitoes are more plentiful in the spring (especially when it’s a wet one), at dawn, dusk and after it rains, it’s best to remain indoors then. Being on or in the water and out in the wind are good ways to escape from mozzies.

Wear light rather than dark or coloured clothing.

Dark colours absorb the heat (remember, mosquitoes are drawn to heat) and bright colours are easily picked up by mosquitoes’ photosensitive eyes.

Avoid perfumes, soaps, fragrant creams and aftershave.

As mentioned earlier, mosquitoes decide whether a blood donor is tasty or not based on their body odour.

Stay zen!

The more agitated you are, the more heat you give off and the more appealing you are to the mozzies.

Apply insect repellent, preferably on your clothes.

Commercially available insect repellents sold in stores often contain DEET, a chemical that scares off mosquitoes. The concentrations of DEET depend on the repellent. The concentration won’t affect the effectiveness of the repellent, but the duration. An insect repellent containing 30% DEET will last six (6) hours while a concentration of 10%, will last about three (3) hours. Insect repellent containing DEET is not recommended for children under a year old.

There are also natural and homemade insect repellents. Once again, it’s a matter of how long it lasts. Citronella, lemon eucalyptus oil and rose geranium are three essential oils that mozzies really don’t care for. They can be mixed with vegetable oil and applied to the body or put in a diffuser to keep mozzies away. Again, essential oil should not be applied directly on children’s skin.

How to find relief from mosquito bites

Despite all these helpful tips, a few mozzies may try to draw out some of your blood, because there’s one thing that attracts them that you’re better off not doing anything about: breathing!

So, if you get bitten and the itch is unbearable, here are a few ways of finding some relief:

  • Apply ice to the bite. The cold will contract your blood vessels which in turn helps to reduce the swelling and numb the skin, thereby decreasing your discomfort.
  • Apply a cotton pad soaked in vinegar to the bite for 30 minutes. Vinegar is a natural antiseptic with anti-itch properties.
  • Apply aloe gel on the bites. Aloe works real magic when it comes to healing skin! It also has a cooling, soothing effect that helps you to resist scratching your itch.
  • Apply essential oil of spike lavender or real lavender (lavanda angustifolia) on your bites. This essential oil is also found in many natural mosquito repellent recipes.

Still looking for more tips to keep mozzies away or relieve their bites? Visit our Camping page on Pinterest [French only]: https://www.pinterest.ca/tourismevaldor6562/camping/

I hope you’ve found this helpful. Now, you might feel that you are better equipped to fight off mozzies effectively, instead of just madly waving your hands around in the air with annoyance. My intention is for this information to have the best possible experience in the fresh air and the great outdoors this summer!

 

Cover picture | Manlake Gabriel

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Moving back at the Visitor information centre of Val-d’Or

Moving back at the Visitor information centre of Val-d’Or

After important renovations, our team is moving back at the Visitor Information Centre of Val-d’Or at the 1070, 3e Avenue Est.

Our relocation is in the same time of the beginning of the summer season and the change of our opening hours. From May 17th to September 1st 2019, we will be open daily from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm.

Due to the relocation, we will be close from Friday May 10th to Tuesday May 14th, 2019.

However, during the relocation, we will have a stand at the Super Salon Kinsmen and will be able to answer all your questions about the not-to-be-miss activities for the summer. We will also bring our brand new map of Val-d’Or which now presents all the name of the lakes in Val-d’Or in the Anicinabe native language.

To know more about the Super Salon Kinsmen

The Super Salon Kinsmen will be held at the Air Creebec Centre at the 810, 6e Avenue à Val-d’Or.

 

Opening hours

Friday, 6 pm to 10 pm

Saturday, 11 am to 10 pm

Sunday, 11 am to 4:30 pm

Contest

With Tourisme Amos-Harricana which will share our stand, we are proposing to you to participate to a contest. Come see us at our stand to fill up a ballot to win two tickets for the summer theater Amos vous raconte son histoire (show only in French) and two tickets for the summer theater Val-d’Or vous raconte son histoire (show only in French).

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Geology 101: Follow the yellow brick road …

Geology 101: Follow the yellow brick road …

Come to Abitibi-Témiscamingue, specifically, Val-d’Or, and discover our very own yellow brick road. In this case, the ‘yellow’ refers to all the gold that lies beneath our feet when we’re anywhere near Highway 117.  Every time we take that highway from the eastern limits of Val-d’Or to the Ontario border, we are actually riding on gold! Yes sirree, the road actually runs along the Cadillac Fault, which contains abundant deposits of the precious metal.

Although no one I know has found the pot of gold (even though the average income here is among the highest in the province of Quebec), we can still follow the yellow brick road several times a day!

What is the Cadillac Fault?

Here’s the short course in geology: the Cadillac Fault, Cadillac Break or Cadillac-Larder Lake tectonic zone, refers to a major, mineral-rich geological structure in Quebec and Ontario. In the goldrush days, prospectors followed the fault in their search for the precious mineral and, to that end, built the road that is now Highway 117 along the Cadillac Break.  Which also explains all the mines you see along the fault line; there are hundreds of millions of ounces of gold buried underneath the road and in its vicinity.

The Cadillac Fault is about 320 km long and very rich in gold deposits, but it also contains silver, copper, zinc and many other minerals. In fact, it is one of the main gold structures in Abitibi-Témiscamingue.  The mines that sprouted up alongside the fault gave birth to the regional cities and towns of Rouyn-Noranda, Val-d’Or, and Malartic among others.

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Image of the Cadillac Fault, Source | L’ATLAS de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue [French only]

Discovering the mining industry

If you are as fascinated by gold as the prospectors were at the turn of the last century, I can recommend visiting two really interesting places where the mining industry and our age-old fascination for gold really come alive. You might begin at Cité de l’Or and the historic village of Bourlamaque where you can experience what the life of a miner was like and follow the history from the early days to modern times. When you’ve emerged from your journey into the workings of an old gold mine 300 feet underground, I highly recommend the Abitibi-Témiscamingue mineralogical museum (Musée minéralogique de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue).

Our underground wealth has meant that we’ve had to move not mountains, but entire neighbourhoods. Visit the Musée minéralogique and discover how a mining operation pulled it off then check out the museum’s breathtaking gold collection.

If you still haven’t had your fill of tales from the frontier, then, you could visit Canadian Malartic, the largest operating open-pit gold mine in Canada, which offers guided visits in conjunction with the Abitibi-Témiscamingue mining museum.

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While you are visiting the essay laboratory, you will have the chance to assist to a real gold melting! 

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The underground galleries of La Cité de l’Or

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During your visit at the Canadian Malartic Mine you will stop at the Employee’s post observation.

Become a miner for a day at the Cité de l’Or by travelling 300 feet underground, explore the mining village of Bourlamaque, visit the Musée minéralogique de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue and its impressive gold collection and experience firsthand the Canadian Malartic open-pit mine, so that you, too, can follow the yellow brick road!

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Quality Inn & Suites honoured with Platinum Guest Satisfaction Award

Quality Inn & Suites honoured with Platinum Guest Satisfaction Award

Val-d’Or, QC (March 22, 2019) — Choice Hotels Canada, one of the country’s largest hotel franchisors, recently announced that Quality Inn & Suites Val-d’Or was awarded a prestigious Platinum Guest Satisfaction Award. These annual awards celebrate Canadian properties for their operational excellence and dedication to superior service.

The hotel offers 82 rooms and suites, including 18 recently-renovated hypoallergenic rooms.
In addition, there are two executive meeting rooms and a free hot buffet breakfast. This award-winning hotel earned the Canadian Hotel of the Year in 2014 and again in 2018 from Choice Hotels Canada. This is the hotel’s 7th Platinum award.

“It requires a tremendous amount of dedication and hard work to not only reach, but maintain that standard of service,” said Brian Leon, president, Choice Hotels Canada. “Quality Inn & Suites Val-d’Or efforts have not gone unnoticed and today they represent the best of the best in our system.”

Guest Satisfaction Awards are determined based on a ranking system that examines key performance indicators, including guest survey results. Platinum winners represent the best of the best and are among the top three per cent of hotels in the Choice Hotels Canada portfolio of close to 320 properties.

“We made a commitment to our guests to provide the best level of service possible and winning this award is a clear validation of those efforts,” said Alexandre Audet, general manager, Quality Inn & Suites Val-d’Or. “We are so proud of our team and what we’ve accomplished together.”

For more information on Quality Inn & Suites Val-d’Or or a reservation, visit www.choicehotels.com.

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About Choice Hotels Canada:
Choice Hotels Canada® is one of the largest and most successful lodging franchisors in the country with more than 340 properties currently open or under development. The Choice® family of hotel brands provide business and leisure travellers with a range of high-quality lodging options, including limited to full-service hotels in the upscale, mid-scale, extended stay and economy segments. Brands in Canada include Ascend Hotel Collection®, ComfortTM, Sleep Inn®, Quality®, Clarion®, MainStay Suites®, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel®, Econo Lodge® and Rodeway Inn®. All hotels are independently owned and operated. Choice Hotels Canada® is master franchisee of Choice Hotels International, Inc., which franchises more than 7,000 hotels, representing nearly 570,000 rooms, in over 40 countries and territories as of December 31, 2018. The award-winning Choice Privileges® loyalty program offers members benefits from everyday rewards to exceptional experiences. For more information, visit www.choicehotels.com.

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Temporary Relocation of the Visitor Information Centre of Val-d’Or

Temporary Relocation of the Visitor Information Centre of Val-d’Or

Due to important renovations, the Visitor Information Centre of Val-d’Or will be relocated temporary at the city hall of Val-d’Or (855, 2e Avenue, Val-d’Or, J9P 4P4), approximately from December to Mid-May. The opening hours will also change during this relocation, Monday thru Friday, 8:30am to noon and 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

Please note that the city hall as well as the Visitor Information Centre of Val-d’Or will be close from December 22nd to January 2nd for the Holidays.

Also, the Visitor Information Centre of Val-d’Or will be close a few days to move at the city hall. These dates will be announced on December 12th.

For any question or information about the tourist offer of Val-d’Or, we invite you to contact us by email or phone at 819 824-9646 or 1 877 582-5367 (toll free). You can also visit or website tourismevaldor.com.

Temporary closing of the Boutique Expo-art

Also for the renovations of our Visitor information Centre, our gift shop Boutique Expo-Art will be close temporary from December 7th. After the Visitor Information Centre will be moved at the city hall, a few products will be on sale as much as jewelleries, regional products and postal cards. However, inventory will be limited during that relocation.

Where to get an annual or daily pass for snowmobile trails

During relocation, annual and daily passes for snowmobile trails will be on sale at Béric Sport (50, 3e Avenue).

Photo de couverture | Erda Estremera