Val d'Or Travel Guide

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Welcome to Val d'Or!

For centuries gold has been the most precious metal in the world; wars have been waged over it, people have risked everything to find it and communities have been built around it. This town saw its share of gilded dreams. In 1923, gold was found in the area and the town name literally means —Valley of Gold—. The luxurious item is still mined here today among other ores and minerals. In 1979, the area was declared a provincial historic site due do its major role in the history of Quebec mining. These days the town of 32,000 doesn't take all of its pride from minings. With many outdoor splendours to enjoy, travellers will find that the most precious feature of the valley lies above ground. The cross-provincial bike route passes through here, and cyclists can take advantage of the local paths that connect to the 3,600 km (2,237 mi) long route. But when the snow is flying and the paths are snowed over, snowmobiling is a great way to have fun and get around in the area. Visitors might also like to check out the Palais des Sports, a 3,500 person capacity sports arena where they can root for the local hockey team, the Foreurs Val-d'Or.

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