Excess and exercise

In Québec, sugar shacks are a must in the spring. The Outaouais is no exception. Pancakes, baked beans, potatoes, eggs, sausages... All that drenched in maple syrup before going outside to enjoy taffy poured on snow and rolled on a stick, while telling yourself you probably ate too much. Everybody loves it! How about taking the family to a nice snowshoe run to burn the extra calories, afterwards? The Outaouais has beautiful trails and the two activities will go together like pancakes and maple syrup!

Head to Domaine de l'Ange-Gardien for this annual maple products celebration that is an outing at the sugar shack. Apart from the traditional meal, you can enjoy a sleigh ride, tubing and many more familiy activities. After that, Domaine des 3 Roses promises a beautiful trek in nature that will reconcile you with your stomach. After your trek, head to Centre sportif de Gatineau for a refreshing swim that is sure to put you back on track!

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eating and sweating

Points of interest

Domaine de l'Ange-Gardien
1031, chemin Pierre-Laporte
L'Ange-Gardien (Québec) J8L 0E9

You’ve discovered the best-kept secret in the Outaouais: the tubing hill at Domaine de l'Ange-Gardien, only 15 minutes from Gatineau! Our family hill is lighted and boasts a chair lift and eight different runs. Hours of fun await you at very reasonable prices. We also offer horse-drawn sleigh rides, walking trails and cafeteria and bar service. Groups are welcome!

14 km
Belly's full? Head to Domaine des 3 Roses by the small roads north of Gatineau. The scenery is breathtaking. You can rent snowshoes when you get there and they even have a heated refuge on the trails.
Domaine des 3 Roses
867, chemin du 6e rang
Val-des-Monts (Québec) J8N 7V3

With family, friends or alone, put on your snowshoes and come enjoy the fresh air and see beautiful winter scenery. The Domaine des 3 Roses offers you groomed trails to enjoy the peacefulness of nature near Gatineau city. During your hike, a shelter is available. Bring your lunch.

16,7 km
You've waited at least an hour since eating so you're good for a swim. The pools at the Centre sportif de Gatineau will refresh you after a very full day (and stomach!).
Gatineau sports centre
850, boul. La Gappe
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 3Y9

The Gatineau sports centre stands out by welcoming number of competitions from regional to international caliber including volleyball, gymnastics, water polo, synchronized swimming, swimming, diving and underwater hockey. Its advanced sports and recreational equipment are available to the general public and to Gatineau athletes training for excellence.