Now that the kids are back in school, families around the region are getting back into their regular routines. But that’s no reason to stay cooped up indoors over the weekend!

Mom and dad, get the bikes out, pack a lunch and hop in the car! This week, we’re sending you to three great picnic spots that will keep your summer going a little longer.

Family Event at the Mackenzie King Estate

Over the Labour Day weekend (September 3–5), there’s fun for everyone at the Mackenzie King Estate Family Event. In the heart of Gatineau Park, celebrate the end of summer with a ton of free activities: blacksmithing demonstrations, face painting for children, badminton and croquet on the lawn, arts and crafts, an interactive colouring wall, a 1938 Ford Club Cabriolet exhibit, and more. Bring a picnic, tour the magnificent gardens, and be sure to take a stroll along the Waterfall Trail.

Destination Des Cèdres Park

Des Cèdres Park in Gatineau (Aylmer sector) is a popular spot for families. Besides being an oasis of natural beauty, the park is multipurpose: it has play structures for children, a beach, a marina, and large playing fields for sports and games. It’s dog-friendly and close to the recreational bike path (safe for younger riders). Last but not least, from here you can view the most beautiful sunsets in the region! So pack your picnic, hop on your bikes and head for Des Cèdres Park. On your way, visit the Marché du Vieux-Aylmer farmers’ market (open Sundays) to pick up a few last-minute lunch items. It’s a sure-fire recipe for a wonderful family outing!

(P.S. Stay tuned to Outaouais Tourism’s blog: on September 15, Bianca will post her top 7 spots in Old Aylmer, with photos by Sébastien Lavallée.)

Road trip to the Petite-Nation

You don’t have to go far to call it a road trip: a drive to Plaisance definitely qualifies! Visit Plaisance National Park, with a host of family activities, and Plaisance Falls, one of the region’s most spectacular picnic sites. With their 63-metre (200-foot) vertical drop, the thundering falls are truly impressive. You (and your dog) can hike along the 1‑km trail beside the falls. And because ice cream doesn’t travel too well in a picnic basket, on your way home, stop in at Patalou, where no fewer than 60 flavours of soft ice cream await you.

For more #Outaouaisfun ways to keep summer going, visit www.outaouaistourism.com.

Cover picture: Pierre Leclerc

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