Chibougamau will be your first stop. Let's start out by dispelling a myth that has persisted for far too long in our collective imagination. Quebecers often use the expression “heading to Chibougamau” to mean going to a far-off, remote place in the middle of nowhere. That's misleading. First of all, Chibougamau isn't that far away. In any case, it isn't any further than anyplace else.
From Montréal, it will take you a little over eight hours to get there along stunning Route 155, which hugs Rivière Saint-Maurice until you reach Lac Saint-Jean. There, you'll take a short break before tackling the 230 km between Saint-Félicien and downtown Chibougamau.
From Québec City, it will take you about six hours to get there, passing through the Réserve faunique des Laurentides on the way. So you can no longer use the excuse that it's on the other side of the world. In fact, it's quite the opposite... If you look at the whole of Québec, driving toward Chibougamau is more like heading right into the centre of it all!