Cité de l’Or

Cité de l’Or


90, avenue Perrault

Val-d’Or, Québec

J9P 2G3

  • 819 825-1274
  • 1 855 825-1274
  • 819 825-9853

Description of the attraction

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.

Services and general features of the attraction

  • 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)

Opening hours of the attraction

June 20th to September 7th

Wednesday to Sunday, 8am to 5pm

Many guided tours per day

September 8th to October 31th

Wednesday to Sunday, 8am to 5pm

Many guided tours per day

November 1st to June 19th

Guided tours and visit of the exhibition “De l’Or plein les veines” only

Upon reservation of 10 persons or more.