Our prime minister, the Honourable Justin Trudeau, and his family were recently spotted exiting the Lusk Cave in Gatineau Park. We’re very proud to know that he’s taking advantage of the recreational opportunities the Outaouais has to offer! Since he’ll be staying in the region for at least a few years, we thought it would be fun to suggest a few other activities he and his family might enjoy. Here’s our list. Feel free to try them out with your own family!

Without a T-shirt

We all know Mr. Trudeau is a family man. We also know he’s an active guy, and on really hot days or for water sports, shirtless can be the way to go.
Mont Cascades Water Park is a thrilling place to cool off on a scorching summer day! Located about 30 minutes from 24 Sussex (and from the grounds of Rideau Hall, where the Trudeau family is currently living), it’s guaranteed fun for the whole gang. Here’s one place you definitely don’t need a T-shirt.
About an hour from downtown, several rafting companies operate on the Ottawa River, including Horizon X and Rafting Momentum. On the Gatineau River, Bonnet Rouge Rafting provides a blast of excitement. Another great family activity where T-shirts are optional.
Gatineau has four municipal beaches, including the one at Des Cèdres Park in Aylmer. The kids will love playing in the water, on the sand, and on the park’s play structures, while Dad strolls bare-chested along the beach, hand in hand with Mom, admiring the most beautiful sunset in the region.
Speaking of water sports, several places offer boat rental so that you can explore the region’s many waterways. T-shirts, polos and tank tops are optional, as long as everyone is wearing a lifejacket.

With a T-shirt

It’s also possible for families to have fun in the Outaouais while fully dressed.
Among other places, I’m thinking of Dunn-D’s Mini-Golf in Chelsea, where parents and kids can bask in the heat as they play a round or two on the 18-hole course; and of Complexe Amigo in east-end Gatineau, with go-karts for all ages and an impressive range of other activities, including climbing, mini-putt, and giant trampolines.
Families also flock to the region’s many museums, with their interactive exhibitions and special activities just for kids. Mind you, with the air conditioning going full blast, it can be a tad chilly if you’re not wearing a top.
Once again the Outaouais confirms its status as THE ideal family destination! We hope the Trudeau family enjoy their stay with us. In closing, we’d like to remind our PM and all our readers to remember to slather on the sunscreen. There are enough seafood restaurants around—we don’t want to see lobsters out in public!
Have a great #outaouaisfun summer!

Cover photo: Jim Godby


Gatineau, Ottawa

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