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La Cité de l'Or


Discover the two historic sites that make up La Cité de l’Or, located in Val-d’Or: the former Lamaque gold mine and the Bourlamaque Mining Village.

Become a miner for a day with a 300-foot descent underground to explore the galleries of the former Lamaque Mine. Visiting the essay laboratory, the shaft and the hoist room to understand the passing of solid ore to a liquid state, allowing the fabrication of a gold bar as the daily operations of a mining complex and to sample the gigantism of the equipment.

The exhibit “Gold in our veins” tells the stories of mining workers from the 1920’s to today, and explains the important role the Lamaque Mine played on the economic, social and cultural levels. Assisted by a variety of interactive tools, our visitors experiment what it feels like to drill rock. Discover the different trades and the life of these valorous men, proud builders of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region.

Then, as a group or with your family, try your hand at geocaching and learn how GPS is used by today’s miners. Two themes: gold and mining.

Discover the Mining Village of Bourlamaque through the audioguide Radio Bourlamaque and by visiting the exhibition At home in Bourlamaque at the historic house.

Opening hours of the attraction

June 18th to September 5th
Wednesday to Sunday, 8am to 5pm
Many guided tours per day

September 4th to October 30th
Limited schedule

Friday to Sunday

November 1st to June 24th
Guided tours and visit of the exhibition “De l’Or plein les veines” only
Upon reservation of 10 persons or more.

Services and amenities

  • Access for person with impaired mobility (except underground)
  • WiFi
  • Guided tours
  • Interpretation panels and guided tours in English
  • Restaurant on site (cold dishes only)
  • Locker room
  • Picnic tables on site
  • Reservation suggested
  • To visit the underground galleries, visitors must be over 6 years old, be over 1.09 meters (43 inches), wear warm clothes and covered shoes
  • Space rentals for events
  • Auditory aids are on loan free of charge (MF systems)

HOW TO contact us

Contact details

90 Avenue Perrault
Val-d'Or, Québec
J9P 7B9
819 825-1274

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