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At Arbraska Laflèche, your can visit the largest cave in the Canadian Shield, discovered in 1865 by Joseph-Charles Dubois, a fur trader, while hunting for bears?
The Outaouais is full of hidden treasures, engaging activities and discoveries. The information below is sure to make our region the ideal destination for your next article!
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For its third edition, coming up May 24–26, the Gatineau Beerfest has built an event program around the theme of “Women and Beer.” Under the honorary chairwomanship of Caroline Leclerc, host of V Télé’s Ça va brasser, the popular festival brings together some thirty microbreweries, a dozen restaurants, and stalls featuring locally produced food specialties, wine and cider. There’s also a great lineup of live entertainment, activities, workshops and presentations.
Take just one hike along the Oiseau Rock Trail, in the Pontiac MRC, and you’ll want to return again and again. Outdoor types love this five-kilometre trail (10 km return) that combines nature and culture: admire spectacular views of the Ottawa River, and take time to read the interpretive panels at the top of Oiseau Rock, one of the most important rock art (pictograph) sites in North America.
No bike? No problem! Explore the region’s 180 km of urban bike paths on a free loaner bike from Maison du vélo in Jacques Cartier Park. Administered by the Grenier du petit sportif service agency, the Maison carries a full range of bikes for all ages and abilities. All you need is a piece of photo ID and you’re all set to pedal your way to the many tourist attractions of the National Capital Region.
From May 17 to 20, watch or join the Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau cycling event, with an exciting lineup of activities including the GP Cycliste Gatineau Hydro-Québec women’s race, the GP Cycliste Gatineau masculin men’s race, the Gran Fondo, the Medio Fondo, the Chrono Gatineau and the Coupe du Québec Cuisses Or de l’Outaouais. On Friday evening at 7 p.m., don’t miss La Grande Visite nocturne, a 20‑km bike ride for the whole family.
On Saturday, May 18, admission to Eco-Odyssée is free with a donation of one non-perishable food item per person. Hop aboard a pedal boat to explore a water maze winding through the La Pêche marshland, and use your smartphone to find clues along the way. Before you leave, stop by and say hi to the beaver family!
From May 25 to June 22, enjoy a suspenseful evening at the Théâtre de l’Île with the play La porteuse de pain. Falsely accused of murdering her employer and setting fire to the factory where she works, Jeanne Fortier is sentenced to life in prison. Twenty years later, she escapes and assumes a new identity, bound and determined to reunite with her two children—and track down the real killer.