Each season, several new attractions pop up in our region. Here are a few exciting recent additions that are well worth a visit:

1 – Bayou Outaouais
The Everglades on your doorstep!
Explore Gatineau’s marshlands aboard an airboat at Bayou Outaouais! Unique in Canada, this one-hour excursion will introduce you to the flora and fauna of McLaurin Bay Park, a vast wildlife reserve currently being developed just 15 minutes from downtown. Observe great blue herons, bald eagles and ospreys, and aquatic mammals such as beaver, American mink and muskrat. Keep your eyes peeled for snakes and turtles, including snapping turtles, which can live 80 years!

2 –British Hotel
The British Hotel has reopened after several years of renovations! Built in 1834, “the British” witnessed the birth of our nation. It has been an inn for visitors travelling up the Ottawa River by steamboat, a world-class performance venue, and a gathering place for Canada’s post-Confederation elite. Made of stone and wood, with metre-thick walls designed to ward off winter’s chill, the building has been painstakingly restored to its former glory and updated with all modern conveniences. Seven deluxe, open-concept rooms with views of the Ottawa River and three junior suites are now available, and two spacious attic-level executive suites (425 and 550 m2) will open in the fall.

3 – Bistro Oulala
When you visit the Arbraska Laflèche outdoor centre this summer, you can relax on their new patio!
After touring the largest visited underground cavern in the legendary Canadian Shield or exploring the treetops in the aerial park, recharge your batteries with a tasty meal prepared by the Grateful Griller’s chef Michael Shannon, whose delicious charcoal-grilled specialties are created with fresh, organic local ingredients.


The charming village of Montebello (population 950), a popular tourist destination located an hour west of Montreal, boasts a surprising number and variety of local attractions. They include a heritage manor, an outfitter (Kenauk Nature), a log castle, a craft brewery, a cheese factory, an artisanal chocolate shop, and Canada’s largest wildlife park (Parc Oméga). Among these extraordinary attractions, here are a few of our favourites this summer:


Fairmont Le Château Montebello

  Parc Oméga
  Manoir Papineau National Historic Site 

Explora Geo-Rallye invites you to experience a unique off-road adventure. Aboard a fully electric all-terrain GeoBike, race to find a number of checkpoints in the woods on Mount Westcott. Your mission: Solve the riddles hidden at each checkpoint, and you could win a prize! Drivers must be at least 14 years old; children under 14 can also participate as co-pilots on two-seat GeoBikes. It’s a fun and eco-friendly way to discover the natural beauty and fascinating history of this part of the country.

The Manoir Papineau National Historic Site is exceptionally beautiful. On the shore of the Ottawa River, just around the corner from the Fairmont Le Château Montebello, this seigneurial manor was built in 1850 by Louis-Joseph Papineau, an eminent politician and man of culture. You’ll be charmed by the romantic garden, the authentic period furnishings, and the manor’s elegant rooms. Beginning in September, you’re invited to travel back in time for an old-fashioned dining experience. Enjoy a hearty and delectable meal inspired by traditional recipes and served by guides in period costume!

Located in the former Montebello train station, ChocoMotive is a truly extraordinary chocolate shop. It’s the first ÉCONOMUSÉE® (economuseum) in the Outaouais region, and all of its products are made from organic, fair trade chocolate, sugar and cocoa.

An ÉCONOMUSÉE® is an enterprise that operates in the field of fine crafts or the agri-food sector and uses authentic know-how in the production of commodities. It allows artisans to open their workshops to the general public so they can share their knowledge and passion and sell products made on the premises.

The Outaouais is proud to host this year’s edition of Bienvenue Québec, October 24–26, 2016, at the Hilton Lac‑Leamy in Gatineau.

Bienvenue Québec, Quebec’s largest travel industry trade show, offers a “speed dating” formula consisting of eight‑minute predetermined and computerized interviews, as well as various networking and training activities.

It allows more than 110 travel agencies, destination management companies and tour operators—representing some 250 suppliers from Quebec and eastern Canada—to familiarize themselves with the province’s tourism offer.

Outaouais Tourism invites buyers attending this year’s show to discover our region by registering for one of our pre-show activities.

Bienvenue Québec general website: www.federationautobus.com/en/bienvenue-quebec