Fermont, Quebec, Canada: Fermont Wall - Human Habitat Wind Barrier

The people of Fermont work and play inside a giant hollow wall that shelters their homes from Arctic blasts.
Address:
Rue le Carrefour, Fermont, PQ, Canada
Directions:
From Montreal, get on I-40 east. In Quebec City, take QC-138 East all the way to Baie-Comeau and head north on QC-389. En route, don't miss Manic 2 (~km 22) and Manic 5 (~km 215), hydroelectric installations. Manic 5, a.k.a. as Daniel-Johnson dam is the biggest installation of its kind in the world. ~14 hours drive from Montreal. 565 kilometers from Baie Comeau, more than half of the drive is on gravel road. Also accessible by plane or train.
Hours:
Year round but road often closed during winter, bad road during spring thaw.
Admission:
Free.
RA Rates:
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The Wall.

Fermont Wall - Wind Barrier

"Le mur" ("The wall") is a unique architectural concept in North America. It is 1,3 km long, 50 meters high and it contains all the community services you can imagine: indoor pool, shopping center, town hall, skating rink, bowling alleys, gym, hotel, bars, police dept, primary and high schools, a fully equipped hospital, apartments you name it! The wall is located on the north side of the city to serve as a wind screen. It is shaped in a half moon pattern that surrounds the houses and other buildings that are "outside" of the wall.

Because of its wideness, the shape of the wall is better seen from top of Mt Daviault which is located on the south side of the town.

Fermont is also famous for its northern lights (aurora borealis) and its iron mine.

[Genevieve, 04/25/2008]

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