Langage Plus555, rue Collard
Alma (Québec) G8B 5W1
Phone : 418 668-6635
Quartz crystals were discovered in the region at the end of the 70s. A team of prospectors became interested in this phenomenon and studied the possibility to mine for quartz crystals. After intensive searches covering more than 6 km2 on a mountain slope, a quartz zone, fit for artisanal and tourist mining, was discovered in the heart of Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix. It is the family-run business Cristal du Lac that operates the site, which is unique in Canada. This enterprise aims at the long-term sustainability of the resource and promotes respect for the environment.
Quartz crystals can be found either raw or in the form of colorless, colored or smoky crystals. According to the Mohs scale, quartz crystals have a hardness of 7, diamonds, 10, and, granite, 5. In fact, it takes 10,000 years for a quartz crystal to grow 1 cm.
This stone serves to balance a person’s aura as an energy amplifier. Quartz crystals are associated with balance, protection, and imagination. Crystal facilitates interpersonal communication and is used, among others, in communication devices.
Discover the fascinating world of aluminium by visiting the Rio Tinto Alcan Alma works.
From mid-June to mid-August, there can be up to two departures a day (12 PM and 2 PM), from Monday to Friday. Tours depart from Alma's visitor information centre.
Visits are free and places are limited. Advance booking is required (418 668-3611).
Important : Participants must be at least 16 years of age. Pregnant women and people with a pacemaker will not be allowed into the facility.
The colours and the meaning of their positioning on the flag are not haphazard:
The last two colours, silver and bright red, are set in a cross pattern to remind us of our Christian past.
The flag, initially intended for the Saguenay area of the region, subsequently came to represent the entire Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region. The first to adopt a flag, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean is still today the only region in Québec with its own banner.
And of course, the waves of our great lake.
There came a time when elected officials and many "Jeannois" began to think that the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean flag did not rightfully represent their region. They entrusted the graphic design of a new flag to our father Jean-Marie Fortin, a Roberval artist. The new design was adopted as the official emblem in 1971.
Public works of art walking tour in Alma
For the citizens of Alma, public works of art have always been an integral part of the landscape. These pieces of art bear witness to the area's history and are representative of its people.
Few people know that some pages of art history have been written here, in Alma. Both in 1965 and 1966, Alma hosted international sculpture symposiums that attracted a number of prominent artists. Thus, artists from everywhere across the province of Quebec came to Alma and implanted their creations throughout the city, changing its face forever. To this day, the "Almatois" scenery can testify to these events.
The interest of Alma for the arts is still alive and well. Indeed, the city remains faithful to its tradition of investing in arts and culture by acquiring paintings and sculptures that embellish the urban landscape.
The city of Alma now wishes to revive its public works of art by instigating a walking tour that regroups and showcases its entire collection. This project takes on the form of an open-air museum, which everyone can visit for free of charge. With this walking tour, passers-by will be able to experience, first-hand, Alma's priceless heritage.
With this unique artistic route, there is now a brand new way to enjoy the city of Alma!
Walking tour maps are available at the visitor information centres located in Alma and Hébertville.
An Artistic Deployment throughout the Land
The duo of contemporary artists Alain Laroche and Jocelyn Maltais were inspired by the animal emblem of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and created a symbol that would spread throughout the land. This 140 km-long by 40 km-wide artistic concept comprises 60 sculptures, which represent the land-locked salmon, the "Ouananiche".The individual pieces are called "Tacon-Site" (Site of Young Salmon), and can be seen every 5 kilometres across the perimeter of this impressive emblem. Laroche and Maltais named this project "La Grande Marche des Tacons-Sites" (The Great Walk of the Sites of Young Salmon). The work as a whole forms a permanent installation stretching throughout Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and stands as a unifying symbol of pride and solidarity for the people of the region.
A Sense of Community
This imaginative project has involved the citizens and the community's resources in its creation process. The knowledge and expertise of the people, the historical and geographical singularities of the sites chosen, as well as the citizens' intellectual and material heritage, have all been taken into consideration during the creation of this work of art. The objective was to provide every community with the opportunity to affirm its belonging to a specific culture and to celebrate its traditions.
The mission of the "Société d'histoire du Lac-Saint-Jean" (Lac-Saint-Jean Historical Society) is to promote our heritage and make it accessible to visitors. The organisation seeks to protect and make accessible to the public everything that once shaped the history of the region and its inhabitants.