The Algonquin were the first settlers about 8,000 years ago. They comprise 9 First Nations who live in communities located in the Outaouais and Abitibi-Témiscamingue regions of Quebec with a population of about 11,000. Traditionally, the Algonquins were practitioners of “Midewiwin” (the right path). They believed they were surrounded by many “manitòk” or spirits in the natural world.
The 22,000 lakes and rivers found in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Water, the only passageway for more than two hundred years, provided explorers the means to crisscross the region. Abitibi-Témiscamingue is two regions in one bonded by a watershed divide. On one side, water travels north to James Bay and on the other, it flows south and drains into the St. Lawrence River.
From north to south, the region is a prefered habitat for the wildlife resources, inlcuding the moose, the North American beaver, the Grey wolf, the Canada lynx, the American black bear and lots of trout in the fish-rich waters. The region is great a setting for outdoor activities and sports, like fishing, hiking or canoeing.
Abitibi has more than 3,700 kilometers of trails for snowmobiling. It’s a lot of fun to spend some time on the white motorways around the region.