Presented byVille de Thetford Mines
Here is an invitation to explore quite fascinating: the beginnings of the history of Thetford Mines. An interactive map of the sites offers you, on your cell phone, historical multimedia information on demand according to each point of interest, in addition to indicating your position by GPS in relation to the buildings and vestiges once on site.
GO BACK IN TIME
Quebec is experiencing its first real mining operations in the mid-19th century, in the southwest of the current Chaudière-Appalaches region, where Thetford Mines is localated. The place sees its mining vocation come to fruition following the discoveries of the various materials that can be extracted there. Some mineral resources are exploited, including chromium, talc, nickel or copper, but it is the discovery of asbestos on the site of the current town of Thetford Mines that marks the mining vocation of this region, making Quebec one of the largest producers of this mineral in the world.
The first discovery of an asbestos deposit in Thetford Mines took place in 1876. Three years later, no less than five mines are already in operation. The region is developing rapidly and, throughout its history, it remains committed to the requirements and needs of the asbestos industry, which will be its main economic engine. It was in fact the mining industry that justified the establishment and development of the future town of Thetford Mines in the late 19th century. The first urban core was built near the mining facilities and now forms the city center, with its main street, Notre-Dame Street.
As a tool for historical discovery, this historic tour offers 14 points of interest on Notre-Dame Street, in the heart of downtown Thetford Mines.
At the intersection of rue Saint-Alphonse and rue Notre-Dame Ouest.
The complete circuit is accessible online (streaming) and even offline (without Internet in the field, cell phone in hand) with the Preload option of the BaladoDiscovery mobile application.
Have a nice time!
Ville de Thetford Mines
Government of Quebec - Entente de développement culturel avec le ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec.
Service des loisirs et de la culture - Ville de Thetford Mines
Centre d’archives de la région de Thetford (CART)
Tourisme région de Thetford
Notre-Dame Street Historic Tour