Field Trips

The organizing committee of the 2015 Symposium on mines and the environment is making the most of its new schedule to offer varied and interesting mine visits. Clothes and protective gear (glasses, hats, and boots) will be provided onsite.


Grand Nord Tour, Agnico Eagle’s Meadowbank mine
Agnico-Eagle is proud to host the symposium participants at the Meadowbank mine. The tour includes air travel (scheduled flight to the mine), a visit of the surface facilities, a sleepover on site as well as three meals (lunch and dinner for the first day, and breakfast for the second day). Bring your personal belongings and your shower towel.

Participants can bring a luggage no heavier than 35 lbs (19 kg)

Participants must bring the following items:

  • A warm coat (ex. : windbreaker)
  • Boots or warm closed shoes
  • Gloves or mittens
  • A hat
  • Long pants (shorts are not permitted)

Participants who do not follow the dress code could be denied access to the flight.

A shuttle will transport participants from Rouyn-Noranda to Val-d'Or Airport.

Participants of this field trip must be at the lobby, and ready to go at the times indicated: 

Shuttle Schedule at the different hotels:

  • 4:40 Hotel Gouverneur
  • 4: 55 Quality Inn
  • 5: 10 Deville centre hôtelier
  • 5: 20 Best Western
  • 5: 35 Motel Mistral
  • 5: 45 Comfort Inn
  • 7 : 00 Srrival at the Val-d’Or Airport
  • 7 : 00 to 7 : 30 Registration at the Agnico Eagle counter (symposium poster)
  • 8 : 30 Plane take-off         
  • Arrival of the plane in Val-d’Or at around 18:00 on Thursday, June 18.
A shuttle to return to Rouyn-Noranda will be available for participants who want it.

Dates: Wednesday and Thursday, June 17 – 18, 2015
Departure: Val-d’Or Airport, participants to meet at the Nordic Transit Centre
Cost: $800
Spots available: 9 – “first come, first served” on confirmation of payment



Moyen Nord Tour, Goldcorp’s Eleonore mine
Goldcorp is proud to host the symposium participants in its brand new facilities at the Eleonore mine. The tour includes travel by charter plane, a tour of the surface installations of the mine, and lunch.

Participants must bring the following items:

  • Protective steel-toed boots
  • Long pants (shorts are not permitted)

A shuttle will transport participants to the Rouyn-Noranda Airport.

Participants of this field trip must be at the lobby, and ready to go at the times indicated: 

Shuttle Schedule at the different hotels:

  • 4:40 Hotel Gouverneur
  • 5: 00 Quality Inn
  • 5: 15 Deville centre hôtelier
  • 5: 30 Best Western
  • 5: 45 Motel Mistral
  • 6: 00 Comfort Inn
  • 6: 30 Arrivée aéroport de Rouyn-Noranda
  • 6 : 30 to 7 : 00 Registration (symposium poster)
  • 7 : 30 Plane take-off
  • 9 : 00 Arrival at Eleonore
  • 16 : 30 Arrival at the Rouyn-Noranda Airport

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Departure: Rouyn-Noranda Airport, participants to meet at the Convention Center
Cost: $500
Spots available: 38 - "first come - first served" on confirmation of payment



Abitibi Tour, LaRonde mine, Canadian Malartic mine, Manitou site
The tour will access various sites located in the Abitibi. The tour includes a visit to Agnico Eagle’s LaRonde mine, the Canadian Malartic mine and the abandoned Manitou mine site (restoration). Bus transportation and lunch provided.

Schedule of the visit :

  • Departure from the conference centre : 7:00
  • Arrival at LaRonde : 8:00
  • LaRonde visit : 8 :15 – 9 :45 (1 :30)
  • Departure from LaRonde : 10 :00
  • Arrival at Canadian Malartic : 10:30
  • Canadian Malartic visit: 10:45-12:15 (1:30)
  • Lunch at Malartic beneath the green wall and and belvedere : 12 :30-13 :00 (30 min)
  • Departure from Malartic : 13 :15
  • Arrival at Manitou : 14:00
  • Manitou visit : 14:15-15:45 (1:30)
  • Departure from Manitou : 16:00
  • Arrival at Rouyn-Noranda : 17:30

Participants must bring the following items:

  • Protective steel-toed boots
  • Long pants (shorts are not permitted)

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Location: Participants to meet at the Convention Center
Check out: 7:30p.m.
Return: 5:00p.m.
Cost: $100
Spots available: 50 - "first come - first served" on confirmation of payment



Ontario Tour, Cobalt, the “Birthplace of Mining” in Canada

The tour will visit the historic mining sites of the Cobalt area of ​​Ontario. The Cobalt Mining District in Ontario was indeed the scene of incredible history of operating natural resources, which took place between 1903 and the late 1920s, when the city acquired worldwide fame. We discovered on barely thirteen square kilometers, the richest of native silver deposits in the world, which resulted in a prodigious wave of foreign investment in the Canadian mining industry during the first twenty years of the twentieth century. During this period, there have been more than 100 mines and almost 30 ore processing plants. It contains a unique combination of mines and remnants of the ore concentration plants in an urban landscape, which gives a good overview of the mining methods used at the time. The Cobalt area has been the subject of a second cycle of mining activities from 1950 to the late 1980s, first for the Cobalt metal used in aerospace and medical care after the Second World War and then again for silver. This tour will offer the opportunity to learn more about the environmental legacy of mining in this region and the challenges of restoration planning.

Bus transportation and lunch provided. Participants will have to go out between the various sites of interest.

Participants must bring the following items :

  • Protective steel-toed boots
  • Long pants (shorts are not permitted)

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Location: Participants to meet at the Convention Center
Check out: 7:30p.m.
Return: 6:00p.m.
Cost: $100
Spots available: 50 - "first come - first served" on confirmation of payment