Cité de l'Or
|Cité de l'Or|
Bourlamaque mining village
|Location||Val-d'Or, Abitibi region of Quebec, Canada|
|Official name: Former Lamaque Mine and the Bourlamaque Mining Village National Historic Site of Canada|
|Type:||Site historique classé|
The Cité de l'Or ("The City of Gold") is an attraction located in Val-d'Or, in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Quebec, Canada. It has been operating since 1995 as a place where people can see what gold mining was like, by touring the underground Lamaque Gold Mine and the Bourlamaque historic mining village. Bourlamaque was declared a provincial historic site in 1979 and a National Historic Site of Canada in 2012.
In 1923, the gold deposit was discovered and in 1935, the mine came in operation. In 1985, it was exhausted and closed.
Since 2000, one stage of the Tour de l'Abitibi takes place in the underground mine, some 300 feet (91 m) below ground. Cyclists must ride through the tunnels and up the access ramp (a 17% slope) before racing through the streets of Val-d'Or.
Since 2007, Cité de l'Or also became a training location for new miners.
- List of museums in Quebec
- Culture of Quebec
- Gold extraction
- Gold prospecting
- Placer mining
- Quartz reef mining
- This article incorporates text translated from the corresponding French Wikipedia article as of January 14, 2011.
- Site historique du Village-Minier-de-Bourlamaque. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- Former Lamaque Mine and the Bourlamaque Mining Village National Historic Site of Canada. Directory of Federal Heritage Designations. Parks Canada. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
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