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Life in Abitibi-Témiscamingue


Because of its geographical location, the province of Quebec falls into the continental climate category, characterized by cold winters and relatively hot summers. Although seasonal temperatures vary across Quebec, the average is 22° C during the summer and -10° C in winter. Most newcomers to the province underestimate how cold a Quebec winter is, with temperatures often varying between -25° C and -30° C, generally with abundant snow. In the summertime, the temperatures vary between 22° C and 30° C during the day and between 8° C and 20° C at night.

For weather forecasts, please consult the following link:

Puce Meteomedia Site externe

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Statutory and University Holidays

Check your university handbook and the website for a list of statutory holidays and other days when classes are not in session.

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Daylight Saving Time

In Canada, the clocks are advanced by an hour every spring and set back an hour every fall in order to enjoy longer exposure to the sun. The North American standard for setting the clocks ahead an hour is the second Sunday in March, and the clocks are set back an hour on the second Sunday in November.

For more information, please see the following link:

Puce Meteomedia Site externe

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Summer Sports

Quebec has vast and diverse natural open spaces, thus making it easy to participate in a variety of sports: cycling, camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, all kinds of excursions. Furthermore, a well-kept network of provincial and national parks makes nature in Quebec easy to access. In this area, we have access to Parc d’Aiguebelle and Rouyn-Noranda Hiking Trails.

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Winter Sports

Hockey, skating, alpine skiing, snowboarding, back-country (cross-country) skiing, snowshoeing and tobogganing are very popular winter sports in Quebec. Mount Kanasuta near Rouyn-Noranda and Mount Vidéo near Val-d’Or offer alpine skiing and snowboarding facilities. Every year, several skating rinks open for business and are maintained to offer free skating.

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To discover the region’s towns, consult the guide in your information package and the following links:

Puce Tourisme Québec Site externe
Puce Tourisme Abitibi-Témiscamingue Site externe

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Cultural Life

Abitibi-Témiscamingue is a region where cultural life is dynamic and growing. For information about activities and festivals, please consult the following links:

Municipal Services

Puce Amos Site externe
Puce La Sarre Site externe
Puce Rouyn-Noranda Site externe
Puce Val-d’Or Site externe
Puce Ville-Marie Site externe


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Last update : 1 juillet 2010