Val Jalbert Historic Village in Quebec Canada

Spend the night in a ghost town in Chambord, Quebec

Val Jalbert Historic Village in Quebec Canada

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Val-Jalbert Historic Village

Of all the fun things to do in Canada, in Quebec, getting locked inside a ghost town is one to remember. Val Jalbert is a former pulp and paper one-company town founded in 1901 near Lac St. Jean. Think of a triangle. If Montreal and Quebec City form its base, Lac St. Jean is the northernmost point. Getting to Val Jalbert is a beautiful drive through Saguenay Fjord countryside.


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Val Jalbert history

When the pulp and paper mill closed in 1927, the population drifted away and, because there was no work, the town was abandoned.

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Clockwise from left to right: Colourful characters; The Canyon; Worker’s house; The convent-school

In the 1990s, the Quebec government transformed and renovated the town named after mill owner Damase Jalbert. Today we can linger, visit the chapel and school, and stay overnight in one of the 1920s mill-workers’ homes or even the general store.

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Clockwise from left to right: Period House Accommodation; The Room of Man; Scale models room; The Room of Man.
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Val Jalbert Cable Car

Interestingly, the villagers here enjoyed electricity many years prior to other regions of the province, thanks to the power generated by the Ouiatchouan Falls.

Val Jalbert Waterfall
Clockwise from left to right: Ouiatchouan fall lighted at night; Ouiatchouan Fall; Glass Belvedere in the heart of the fall; Belvedere lighted at night

This waterfall is on-site, and on a full-moon night, I can tell you it’s fantastic to hike up the stairs alongside it… and if you’re lucky, you’ll hear the haunting cry of an owl as you ascend…

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Explore Val Jalbert

Village historique de Val Jalbert is located in the Canadian province of Quebec.  If you’re planning on staying, Val Jalbert tariff starts from CAD289 per couple.

Val Jalbert camping rates start from CAD28.50 a person if you’re prepared to camp with no services. However, you can pay a little more for water, electricity and sewage.

A guided tour of Val Jalbert aboard a trolley bus features historical characters. You can also join a walking tour of village de Val Jalbert or take a self-guided tour of the mill.

The Val Jalbert village is open from May to October. For more information click here.

More things to do in Quebec

If you’re planning a road trip in Quebec, the Monteregie area, is a lovely place to visit in autumn. Monteregie can be visited as a day trip from Montreal, which is a city for all seasons.

Here’s what to do in Montreal in spring, in winter and autumn.

Quebec is also home to Canada’s best sugar shacks

Looking for a leisurely way to travel from Toronto to Winnipeg? Hop on board Via Rail’s The Canadian.

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