Ah, the joys of winter! Thankfully, the snow, sun, walks in the woods and our magnificent landscapes all help us to forget the cold. Winter is the perfect time to take in the scenery and capture the beauty that surrounds us.
Here are five wonderful places in Val-d’Or for taking photos of people in your life or capturing the landscape in images.
Le parc des Marais (Des Marais Park)
Des Marais Park, on Dennison Boulevard, offers some great scenery for photos. This beautiful space (green in summer and white in winter), its impressive stone sculpture, the gorgeous trees and two footbridges is a testimonial to the classic beauty of the Abitibi region in winter. The Park also makes a gorgeous backdrop for portrait pictures.
Le parc Belvédère (Belvédère Park)
Photo | Élodie Doua
Whatever the season, Belvédère Park on Sabourin Boulevard is a must. The Rotary Tower is a Val-d’Or highlight: it’s on top of a hill (great for tobogganing), surrounded by a forest. The lookout structure is 18 metres high and commands a view of the whole city. Some mine headframes can be seen on the horizon and there are beautiful lakes that freeze up in winter. The views will certainly not disappoint, and your photos are guaranteed to be fabulous.
Val-d’Or Recreational Forest
Photo | Élodie Doua
The recreational forest is a place for movement, enjoyment, and family time and it also happens to be gorgeous! The iceway is a perfect place to take photos, while indulging in one of our favourite winter activities. The iceway is a frozen path that runs right through the middle of the forest for 2 kilometres. It’s even lit at night. There’s always a campfire going at the start of the iceway where skaters can warm up. Needless to say, opportunities abound for getting some shots of yourself on skates. The recreational forest is right near the airport.
Blouin Lake is one of the best-known lakes in Val-d’Or. A municipal dock makes access easy. The beauty of this place in winter is striking in its simplicity – a great expanse of white surrounded by forest. Val-d’Orians love ice fishing and this is one of the many spots available for it in winter.
Village minier de Bourlamaque (Bourlamaque Mining Village)
Standing as testimony to one of the most important chapters in the city’s history, the Village minier de Bourlamaque offers up awesome images. And when the Village is covered by a white blanket and it’s snowing out, the landscape is so magical that it feels like being inside a snowglobe! This was the first village in the area surrounding Val-d’Or and the log houses still look the way they did at the time. The feel is very rustic in winter and a beautiful representation of Abitibi’s culture and heritage. A bright yellow mine headframe dominates the skyline at the old Lamaque Mine, now the Cité de l’Or.
Whatever the scene, be it man-made or natural, the winter here in Val-d’Or and Abitibi-Témiscamingue is definitely highly photogenic. Why here, particularly? Well, with the wide-open spaces, purity of the driven snow and stunning candyfloss sunsets and sunrises, a lot of the winning conditions are naturally present for gorgeous photography. All you have to do is choose a location and capture the beauty.
Photo | Caroline Gélinas