“Temiskaming” is the Algonquin word for “at the place of the deep water”. Indeed, Lake Temiskaming (also spelled Timiskaming) is true to the name, with depths as great as 216 m, though they average 36 m. The lake is longer than wider (108 km long and only 10 km wide at most), and straddles the Ontario-Québec border. There a several islands on the lake, the most important being Mann and du Collège.
The French established Fort-Témiscamingue in the second half of the 17th century as a fortified trading post for the fur trade. Take the time to enjoy a walk in the shadow of the Enchanted Forest, famous for its twisted Eastern Tuya trees. Visitors can take advantage of a beach, picnic area and interpretation paths.
Ville-Marie is the most important town in the area on the Québec side. It is also the most beautiful village in Quebec according to the daily “La Presse”, in its edition of June 23, 2012. It offers all the amenities travellers may need.
While in Ville-Marie, you can visit historic sites such as Maison du Frère Moffet (website in French only), the most beautiful standing heritage house in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, where you can take an amusing taxi-bike tour.
On a more serious note, you can view a life-size reproduction of the Grotto of Lourdes, where the scenery encompasses the town, and the lake and its surroundings.
Further north, you won’t want to miss the Lake Timiskaming Fossil Center located in Notre-Dame-du-Nord. It will take you back to the early stages of evolution of life on earth.
Lake Temiskaming was the main route for transportation to northeastern Ontario and southwestern Québec until the railway was built in the early 1900s.
The City of Temiskaming Shores is at the head of the lake, in northeastern Ontario. It’s a hub of activities for the region and provides all the services needed by travellers.
Stop at Rock Walk Park for a unique garden where rocks are the main feature, in former Haileybury (Temiskaming Shores).
A few kilometers south, you will come across Devil’s Rock. A sheer cliff of granite raising 90 meters above the water with a face of 180 m. Algonquins called it Spirit Rock and left offerings as they passed, hoping for a safe voyage.