In early 60ies, Quebec Cartier Mining Cie developed the Lac Jeanine Iron Ore Mines; the development included a complete new town in the middle of the Quebec Taiga, just beside the Barbel Lake.
The new town was Gagnonville.
In 1985, the mine closed, people were relocated; the town infrastructures, all the houses and building were demolished.
During the operation time, for 25 years or so, the Barbel Lake was a site for fishing, boating, houseboating, skiing and even swimming (the water never really come warm enough for that). Many cabins were also located on the Lake; they are still there and occupied. They are used as a base for fishing and hunting in the area.
We took, Sylvie and I, a June week end with Michel and Martine to tour the Lake. Two days of paddling for a total of 33 km. A lazy week end. On top of that, Bernard gave access to his fishing camp for the week end. The tents remain in the car,the cooking kit as well.
The Lac Barbel is at the door of the Mont-Groulx , of the Manic 5 Reservoir and of La Petite Manicouagan Reservoir. I understand people still attached to this this place.
The Barbel Lake is located at KM 295 on the Road 389; about 180 km before reaching Fermont.
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