Shopping, good food, and skating

Imagine you're on the world's biggest skating rink with your loved one. Suddenly, you both stop under a lamp post and stick your tongues out to catch the snowflakes tumbling in the winter sky. Romantic isn't it? Now your day got off to a good start: you shopped a little (you are looking fine with your new clothes!), you had a great meal, and you even saw polar bears, dinosaurs and rocks that shine like your partner's eyes. Quite a memorable day, isn't it?
The great thing about the downtown areas in Gatineau and Ottawa is proximity, meaning you won't need your car much. You can easily walk from Ruisseau de la Brasserie Skating Rink to Bistro CoqLicorne (and discover good addresses on Eddy and Laval Streets) and you can even cross to Ottawa by foot, if you feel like it! There too, everything will be close and you'll be free to stroll around downtown, on foot or states!

1 day
to walk and skate

Points of interest

Ruisseau de la Brasserie Skating Rink
69, rue Montcalm
Gatineau (Québec)

This winter, rediscover ruisseau de la Brasserie…on skates! Located right in the heart of downtown Gatineau, the ruisseau de la Brasserie skating rink will open in January, weather permitting, with a variety of cultural and sports activities. To find out more about the skating rink and ice conditions, visit, keyword rink.

750 m
Bistro CoqLicorne
59, rue Laval
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 3H1

The simple but appealing menu features tapas, grilled dishes, sandwiches, soups and salads, all prepared with fresh quality products, often from the region. The bistro carries a selection of local microbrewery beers as well as wine and liquor.

180 m
Keep room for dessert; Moca Loca is just a few blocks away, on the corner of Laval and Victoria. It is located on the first floor of Les Suites Victoria, a nice little hotel that recently gave itself a complete makeover! Did you know that the building was once a general store?
4.5 km
If walking a little hour doesn't deter you, leave the car in Gatineau; the views from the Alexandra bridge by foot are absolutely stunning! Did you know that the Victoria building (housing the Museum) was used as a temporary Parliament when the actual one burnt down in 1916? Instead of taking the elevators, use the stairs in the Queens' Lantern, made of glass. The view is quite something.
Canadian Museum of Nature
240, rue McLeod
Ottawa (Ontario) K2P 2R1

Canada is all about nature. The beautiful vistas and wildlife you expect to see, you will see at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Just minutes from Parliament Hill, the Museum features world class galleries representing Canada’s diverse nature. See iconic mammals of Canada shown in their natural habitats, Canada’s original collection of dinosaur fossils, an enormous blue whale skeleton and much more. 3D movies, special exhibitions, guided tours are also available. Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014.

1 km
From here, you're within walking distance from the Rideau Canal, where you can rent skates if you need to. Don't worry, there are many rest areas along the Canal where you can enjoy a legendary Beavertail!
Rideau Canal Skateway

Ottawa (Ontario)

Come skate on the world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink, winding through the Nation’s Capital. The interactive map provides information on ice conditions, parking, Skateway entrances and heated change rooms. Snap your favourite #CanalMoment at the giant photo frame — or anywhere along the Skateway’s 7.8 kilometres. It’s all here. Just pick a date to skate in Canada’s Capital.