Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region – Québec Road Trip

This post is part 2 of my six day Québec road trip in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Québec. You can read about days 1 and 2 in the Laurentians HERE. Days 3 and 4 were beautifully stolen from us by the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region and our stops in the Opémican National Park and Refuge Pageau. WOW. What can I say about this place?! First of all – AMAZING. Read on to see all the details of what we did.

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On this six day Québec road trip, I ventured to three regions of Québec – the Laurentians, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, and Outaouais. I had the pleasure of taking this girls trip with Krystle, Isabelle, Brooke, and Julia. Also, a special thank you to Braedin who came along to take photos.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her Québec road trip to the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Québec. She enjoyed stops in the Opémican National Park and Refuge Pageau.

Québec has 21 regions, which all have unique character. From the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the province of Ontario and from the Arctic Ocean to the United States, Québec is a huge province with so much to see! Last fall, I went to Québec to visit two other regions – Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, and Côte-Nord (Quebec Martime). You can see that Québec road trip blog post HERE.

Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region – Our Route

We made our way from the Laurentians to the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region (Mont-Tremblant area to Amos) which took us about 4.5 to 5 hours. Below you can see the route and stops we made through Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

Check out my trip vlog below or on YouTube directly for better quality.

Refuge Pageau

Our first stop in Abitibi-Témiscamingu was at Refuge Pageau where they take in lost and/or wounded wildlife and care for them until they fully recover, before being released back into their homes. If they can’t fully recover, they bring them in for long-term care and assistance. How amazing!

Some of the animals that are too injured to be returned to the wild can be fed by hand. Here is Chewbacca the porcupine who was a real favourite.

After our stop at Refuge Pageau, we hopping in the vehicle and drove to Rouyn-Noranda where we spent the night at the Quality Inn. Let me tell you…after 3 days on the road and two nights camping, it was really nice to have a hot shower and big cozy bed. We woke the next morning ready to take on the day!

You might also like to read about my winter trip to Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Outaouais Region – Québec Road Trip or What to Visit in the Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean Region, Quebéc.

Le Cachottier Bistro Bar

We went for dinner to Le Cachottier Bistro Bar which was so delicious! Everything was made with the freshest ingredients and I highly recommend. We were planning on taking in a Microbrewery experience at Trèfle Noir that evening, but instead got some of their artisan beers to go. Being celiac, I couldn’t try it the next night at the campsite, but everyone said it was great!

Source: Le Cachottier

Chez Eugène

En route to Opémican National Park, we stopped for a tasty lunch at Chez Eugène located in Ville-Marie. It is a Victorian home that is an inn and restaurant. You can eat on the terrace and enjoy a breathtaking view of Lake Timiskaming.

Opémican National Park

Our next stop in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region was at the amazing Opémican National Park which just opened in 2019. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience and I wish I could have spent more time here. It was great to experience this brand new national park and which is bordered on either side by Lac Témiscamingue and Lac Kipawa.

We stayed in the new Étoile ready-to-camp sites which had everything you need to stay comfortable which enjoying the park. The structure is a canvas-sealed wood structure and it is very well equipped…just bring your food! As well, the park has paddle boards, canoes, bikes that you can access to fully explore and enjoy the area.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her Québec road trip to the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Québec. She enjoyed stops in the Opémican National Park and Refuge Pageau.
Photo by Isabelle

Can I just stay here forever, please and thank you? I haven’t got the slightest clue how Québec keeps getting better and better with each excursion I go on. Being here was exactly what I needed – water adventures, great food, and taking in the scenic views in literally every direction. I hate to see this trip coming to an end here soon, but I’m ready to see what our third and final region had to offer! Stay tuned for that blog post.

This post has been sponsored by Tourisme Quebec. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the destinations that support me. 

Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a storyteller, food lover, dog mom and adventure seeker living on the Pacific coast. She shares her passion for food, dogs, fitness, adventures, travel and philanthropy, in hopes of encouraging followers to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places and stand for a cause. Bella lives with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease.


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Leave a Comment

  1. Shayla wrote:

    Your posts always make me want to hope in the car and go exploring! I love visiting the world through your blog!! <3

    Posted 9.23.19 Reply
  2. Cindy wrote:

    This is my type of adventure. I love the beautiful sunset and rainbow backdrops.

    Posted 9.23.19 Reply
  3. What a fun adventure to go on!

    Posted 9.23.19 Reply
  4. Sophia Damasceno wrote:

    Wow this is a place I have always wanted to visit. It looks absolutely gorgeous there!

    Posted 9.23.19 Reply
  5. Michael Oyco wrote:

    Great post! I love the photos. It looks like a perfect getaway from the city lights. I love how the place is surrounded by trees. Kind of creepy but goals

    Posted 9.24.19 Reply
  6. Carissa wrote:

    Beautiful Photos! This looks like it was an amazing trip! I love the picture feeding the porcupine

    Posted 9.24.19 Reply
  7. Sharon Glascoe wrote:

    This looks like such an amazing trip! Looks like a great time with great friends for sure.

    Posted 9.24.19 Reply
  8. I never seen canvas-sealed wood structures like those! They look like very comfortable accommodations. Will have to see about staying in them one day.

    Posted 9.24.19 Reply
  9. Jasmine wrote:

    This looks like a fun road trip. Quebec is on my list of places to travel to. I’ll have to go through the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region myself whenever I take my trip. Thanks for this!

    Posted 9.24.19 Reply
  10. stephanie wrote:

    Wow looks like such a fun trip!! The water looks amazing! Roads trips with friends are the best!

    Posted 9.24.19 Reply
  11. Sushmita Malakar wrote:

    Wow! Looks like you had an amazing trip! I really wanted to go to Quebec this summer. May be next year! And Chewbecca <3

    Posted 9.24.19 Reply
  12. TweenselMom wrote:

    All these scenes I can only imagine in movies and seeing you in those and knowing that you truly had this experience, I feel I’ve already been there. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted 9.24.19 Reply
  13. ♡Stephanie Stebbins♡ wrote:

    What a beautiful fun trip! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

    Posted 9.24.19 Reply
  14. Lindsay Veremis wrote:

    It’s rare that a destination looks equally beautiful in artwork and in real life! This sold me 100 percent on visiting Quebec. What stunning photos and landscapes!

    Posted 9.24.19 Reply
  15. Erik the Hungry Traveller wrote:

    Youve been to a lot of places. Now thats how you maximize your travel! I especially love your visit at Refuge Pageu since i love animals espcially animals you do not typically see.

    Posted 9.24.19 Reply
  16. Kuntala Banerjee wrote:

    What an incredible experience. I loved reading every bit of your trip. The photos are superb and the landscape is amazing.

    Posted 9.24.19 Reply
  17. Lyanna Soria wrote:

    That place looks absolutely beautiful! I bet it must have been a wonderful experience and that you made tons of amazing memories. Loving the photos, looks absolutely breathtaking.

    Posted 9.24.19 Reply
  18. Celebrate Woman wrote:

    Stunning food, awesome company, unforgettable experiences. What a trip!

    Posted 9.24.19 Reply
  19. Jen wrote:

    Great photos and the place is absolutely amazing. The water is so calm makes you relax and be with nature. You have great company and making great memories. 🙂

    Posted 9.24.19 Reply
  20. Ellie Plummer wrote:

    Wow, Quebec looks so stunning! Sounds like you had an amazing time, I love your photos.

    Posted 9.25.19 Reply
  21. DelhiFunDos wrote:

    The place looks absolutely mind blowing. And you captured some amazing pictures. I would love to visit this place asap.

    Posted 9.25.19 Reply
  22. Maartje van Sandwijk wrote:

    This looks stunning! And I love the photos you took 🙂 Really well done on capturing the atmosphere!

    Posted 9.25.19 Reply
  23. Rachel Loza wrote:

    Umm everything about this trip sounds amazing. I’ve wanted to visit quebec for years. Sounds like it’s time to make a trip. 🙂

    Posted 9.25.19 Reply
  24. Patricia M. wrote:

    Your trip look so good that I wanted to plan a trip to Quebec with some friends also.

    Posted 9.25.19 Reply
  25. Arun Dahiya wrote:

    Wish to visit qubec soon. All your pictures are so uplifting. What an amazing place to visit.

    Posted 9.26.19 Reply
  26. Agnes Vazhure wrote:

    That seems like a really fantastic place to visit and enjoy the nature. Looks really fun and adventure is awaiting. Love the yummy looking food

    Posted 10.1.19 Reply
  27. Elizabeth O wrote:

    This looks so much fun..The place looks very peaceful and clean.. Looking forward to more awesome places on your future posts.

    Posted 10.5.19 Reply