Val-d'Or, Québec is a close-knit city nestled in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region, that offers great places to hunt and fish in the summer and ideal terrain for snowmobiling in the winter. A little history mixed with relaxing activities makes this Québécois city ideal for a quiet getaway. Skyscanner makes it easy for travellers to reserve the perfect rental car in Val-d'Or.
Car Rental Options in Val-d'Or
The Val-d'Or Airport, or Aéroport régional de Val-d'Or, located just kilometres from the city centre, has two car hire counters— Budget and National. They offer an array of options from mid-size cars to larger SUVs. By booking a rental ahead of time, travellers can land, then step off the plane into their ideal set of wheels. National also has two locations in the city.
Things to consider when renting a vehicle, larger SUVs and trucks may be more appropriate during winter when tougher weather hits. Inexperienced drivers may not want to trek around in freezing weather in a small car.
Driving Around Val-d'Or
Drivers will have no problem getting around the small city of Val-d'Or. With only a handful of main roads, the city is easy to navigate. Route 117 traverses the popular La Verendrye Wildlife Reserve and continues directly into Montréal. Drivers can veer off on Route 105 to get to Ottawa.
Val-d'Or winters bring below freezing temperatures. With the wind chill, it can feel as cold as minus 30 degrees Celsius. Although perfect for winter sports, travellers not used to such freezing temperatures may want to wait until the summer months to visit, when temperatures reach a comfortable 25 degrees Celsius and above.
Things to Do in Val-d'Or
The city of Val-d'Or was built from scratch around the gold mining industry. Visitors can review the rich history on the Historical Heritage Circuit, or Circuit historique Héritage Val-d'Or. At the Cité de l'Or, visitors can go 90 metres underground and explore what used to be the Lamaque Mine. Visitors can experience what it's like to drill a hole, and see a timeline exhibit that highlights mine worker's lives from the 1920s to today. The Bourlamaque Mining Village offers guests a peek into a 1940s mine worker's home. Tours are available in French and English. The Mineralogical Museum showcases the mineral and geological history of the region. There is also a fun earthquake simulator.
For outdoor excursions and adventures, visitors have a multitude of options. The Forêt récréative, or Recreation Forest, has trails for walking, running, hiking, and cycling. During the winter, this is an ideal place for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating.
Guests can rent a cabin at The Verendrye Wildlife Reserve. With over 4000 lakes and over a thousand campsites, there is no shortage of lakefront views. During the fall, hunters come out for a variety of game. This reserve is nothing short of magnificent.
Val-d'Or offers opportunities to enjoy nature, hunt, fish, and even snowmobile. Travellers can download the Skyscanner app, book the car of the their choice, then start exploring this beautiful Québécois city.