Asbestos

Sector Des Sources Population: 6,834

The main town in the Des Sources MRC, Asbestos was founded in 1899 when mining began on a deposit of Chrysotile asbestos, a strange stone nicknamed grey gold. For nearly 120 years, mining shaped this town, leaving behind a crater two kilometres in diameter, one of the largest open-pit mines in the world. Today, an observatory, which enables visitors to view the crater and hear the wind coming from the depths of this giant funnel, tells the mining history of the site. Asbestos also has a vacation area, Trois-Lacs, where the Camp Musical d’Asbestos’ outdoor playground hosts music camps and musical events. In August, the Festival des Gourmands draws in those with a sweet tooth and the well-known Grande Foire Minéralogique welcomes gemology buffs from across Canada and the United States.

 

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