"Gagnon a town that no longer exists" Gagnon by Simonneeddy

Gagnon Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 55 photos

FERMONT THE REPLACEMENT TOWN

DON'T MISS THE TRAVELOGUES BELOW.

GAGNON was built to house the Cartier Mine workers in 1960 and closed in 1985. Some families were transferred to the new mine at MOUNT WRIGHT near the Labrador border and the town of FERMONT was built to house them.A huge building in the form of a shallow U ONE KM. long wall was built to protect the town from the severe cold winds and storms. It is on LAKE DAVIAULT and a 17 miles from Wabush and Labrador City.
THE PICTURE WAS TAKEN FROM THE TOP OF MOUNT DAVIAULT

GAGNON A Stop on our BUS TOUR

A GHOST TOWN

We stopped on our way from Fermont to Baie Comeau to view what was left of a thriving town which when Cartier Mining closed the mine was bulldozed into the big open pit mine. A few housing bunk houses were moved to Fermont but that cost more than building new ones so the bulldozer was used. A lot of the workers were transferred to Fermont also. Cartier Quebec's agreement with the Quebec Government when they opened the mine was to leave the site as they found it. That is why everything was bulldozed (even old machinery, the church, houses, furniture etc.) and buried in the mine pit and covered with earth
The pictures show what is left. A boulevard and a side walk which once was the main street.

WHERE IS THE TOWN??

This was a rest stop for 50 seniors on a bus tour to Labrador on our way to manic 5 and Baie Comeau on highway 389. There were no rest rooms so we went in the bushes with the bugs a plenty.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:FERMONT REPLACED IT. . One feels very sad to see that the town is gone
  • Cons:A GHOST TOWN and one can feel that there are spirits here.
  • In a nutshell:I feel so sorry for all those who suffered the loss of jobs and home.
  • Last visit to Gagnon: Jul 2003
  • Intro Updated Dec 13, 2003
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  • Aug 20, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    I was looking at my photos of Gagnon and the road up from Sept in 1960 and wondered what was on the web. I was surprised to read Gagnon has been dismantled. The photos you display have a date of 2003. Please explain what looks like a conflict. Steve,Texas

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    May 10, 2004 at 3:20 PM

    A truly amazing Page! I never realized the extent to which they went to carry out mining in the north! The WALL and those mining machines are something else!!

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    Aug 11, 2003 at 12:40 PM

    I cannot believe you went to Gagnon ! Est-ce que c'est deprimant ?

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