History, great views and strawberry wine

Tuscany, Burgundy, Napa Valley, Petite-Nation... Yup! There's wine being made in the Outaouais! And good one, too! On your way to discvoer it, you'll find much more than vineyards. La Petite-Nation La Lièvre has a lot to offer: history, culture, and regional products, not to mention the hills and mountains scattered through rolling farmland and charming villages.

Start your day by learning more about local history at the Musée des pionniers and head to Domaine Mont-Vézeau, which is both a vineyard and a strawberry farm, to taste their great homemade products. Stop at Marché public de la Petite-Nation, the local market, and grab what you need for a picnic that you'll enjoy at the lookout at the Parc des Montagnes Noires, in Ripon. A day of discovery awaits!

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Points of interest

Musée des pionniers
20, rue Bourgeois
Saint-André-Avellin (Québec) J0V 1W0

Surrounded by maple trees giving shade to the statue of the guardian angel dominating the Petite-Nation, the Museum houses hundreds of artefacts that relate the traditions of 19th-century pioneers. Linking the wooded trail and the mill lookout, a superb footbridge crosses the river and leads to the historic Saint-André-Avellin route. Ingenious agricultural tools and equipment are displayed in a utility shed, while an old-fashioned gazebo welcomes speakers and choirs during holidays and other festivities.

14 km
Domaine Mont-Vézeau is located just beneath the mountian of the same name. You can visit the fields and taste their products, named after great winds. Zéphyr, their strawberry wine, will surely win you over!
Domaine Mont-Vézeau
365, route 321
Ripon (Québec) J0V 1V0

In the heart of La Petite-Nation La Lièvre, the vineyards and strawberry fields of Le Domaine Mont-Vézeau are an inviting site to discover, where simplicity complements the beauty of the landscape. The vineyard is composed of 9,000 vines, which will produce a varietal series of red and white wines. The 5 acres strawberry fields is characterised by 6 different varieties of strawberries. In addition to its traditional wines, the winery produces a strawberry wine, a raspberry fortified wine and two fortified white and red wines. In addition to the wine itself, you will find at the boutique a multiple wine-related items and accessories. Self-guided tours (including a hard copy guide) and wine tasting are available during store hours. Guided tours are also available upon reservation. Furthermore, the site offers, in season, freshly picked or pick your own strawberries. We invite you to give us a call before your visit in order to verify the site conditions and product availability.

8,2 km
Open on Fridays and Saturdays, Marché public de la Petite-Nation offers not only great local products but also a wide variety of workshops for you to take part in. Getting there, you will drive through the town of Ripon, where many artists and craftspeople reside.
Marché public de la Petite-Nation
1268, route 317
Ripon (Québec) J0V 1V0

More than fifteen producers are present. Depending on the season, you will find fruits and vegetables, plants, cheeses, breads, meats and sausages, wines and beers, pickles and jams, honey and maple syrup, hygiene products, etc.. Also on site: A small bistro, Desjardins ATMs, toilets. Farm Market open Friday 3pm to 7pm and saturday 10am to 3pm. Each Friday year round: music and animation from 5pm to 7pm.

6,2 km
Lunch in hand, head for the Montagnes Noires! You can reach the lookout by foot from the visitors' centre or you can drive up to there, if you prefer. On a nice day, you will have an incredible view of the surroundings and you'll even be able to see Mont-Tremblant in the distance!
Parc des Montagnes Noires de Ripon au coeur de la MRC Papineau
39, chemin Montagne-Noire
Ripon (Québec) J0V 1V0

The Parc des Montagnes Noires de Ripon has 7 trails for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and sliding. From the end of August to mid-September you will find blackberries in abundance yours for the picking. From it towering 426 meters of altitude, the lookout provides a spectacular view of the Petite-Nation River and Mont Tremblant. Admission is free and the site offers ample parking, welcome cottage Chalet Stephane Richer #44, outdoor toilet facilities, shelters and geological points of interest.