Preservation of the Abitibi water resources
Shining the light on water, a natural heritage
Pavillon d’interprétation des eskers
ESKA Natural Spring Water is the only water sold in North America that is harvested from an esker. But do you know what an esker is? To learn more about the origins of ESKA Natural Spring Water and its source in Saint-Mathieu-d’Harricana, consider an excursion to the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region and a stop at the Pavillon d’interprétation de l’esker.
In an effort to enhance the unique natural heritage in St-Mathieu-d’Harricana, ESKA partnered with CLD Abitibi (Pacte rural) and the Abitibi RCM to build the Pavillon d’interprétation des eskers (esker interpretation centre). Inaugurated in May 2014, the centre invites families and friends into the heart of the local forest to celebrate the region’s exceptional water resources.
A visit to the Pavillon takes you on an educational circuit that explains how eskers are formed and the distinctive characteristics of the Saint-Mathieu-Lac-Berry esker. Descriptive panels illustrate what makes this esker unique in Canada, from its vital role as a natural filter of ESKA water to the company’s bottling process. In addition, the centre’s grounds have been designed for picnics, and there is even an area for visitors to collect and enjoy their own sample of one of the purest waters on the planet from the region’s public spring.
Come visit the Pavillon free of charge. It is open from May 15 to October 15 every year!
To learn more about the Pavillon, please visit Pavillon des eskers
The art fountain circuit of Amos-Harricana
The Abitibi RCM and Amos region in northern Quebec are widely recognized as a water wonderland. ESKA was actively involved in the creation of the Amos-Harricana art fountain circuit, which showcases the region’s water resources.
Artists and artisans from Abitibi-Témiscamingue have created one-of-a-kind fountains to represent life in the area’s towns and the region’s abundant water resources. In all, 10 fountains have been created and are today displayed in the towns of Amos (Refuge), Barraute, La Corne, La Morandière, Landrienne, Launay, Preissac, Sainte-Gertrude-de-Manneville, Saint-Mathieu-d’Harricana and Trécesson.
Since June 2016, tourists and townspeople alike have enjoyed travelling the Amos-Harricana art fountain circuit, which proudly presents the culture and art of the region. The fountains illustrate important aspects of regional development for ESKA. The project also includes Culturat, a broad mobilization approach that has made identity, arts and culture major development poles in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region. Culturat is also part of the Abitibi RCM tourism development plan.
Working in collaboration with Tourisme Québec, the Fonds touristique, Fonds culturel de la MRC d’Abitibi, and the Pacte rural, ESKA is proud of its contribution to this first art fountain circuit in Quebec. It is a project that unites the community and has a direct impact on tourism and the quality of life of citizens in the region.
For further information, please visit: The art fountain circuit of Amos-Harricana
In addition to our commitment to the Abitibi-Témiscamingue community, we have made key decisions with regards to water treatment in keeping with our sustainable development principles.