The Pontiac on a motorcycle

Visiting the Pontiac is like visiting a far-away land without having to go very far. Breathtaking landscapes are the undisputed rulers of this immense territory punctuated by small towns where architecture and culture bear witness to the local population's diverse origins. Crossing rolling farmland and forests, the roads here are perfect for a motorcycle trip that is guaranteed to amaze you every time.

The many towns of the Pontiac overflow with natural and cultural attractions that will make your ride most enjoyable. You will cross the PPJ Cyclopark, a former railroad that was converted into a 92 km bike trail with incredible views on the Ottawa River and many artists' workshops at the four corners of the sector.

1 day
​of total freedom

Points of interest

Casino du Lac-Leamy
1, boul. du Casino
Gatineau (Québec) J8Y 6W3

An oasis of entertainment just five minutes from Parliament Hill, the Casino du Lac-Leamy features a wide selection of slot machines and gaming tables, including Texas Hold’em poker, as well as a multigame space with live hosts. Enjoy the exciting atmosphere of the Casino, and unwind at the five-star Hilton Lac-Leamy hotel. Discover a variety of bars and restaurants, a nightclub, and spend an entertaining evening at the Théâtre du Casino. The Casino is your destination for an unforgettable getaway! 18+

17 km
From St-Raymond Blvd, take a right on Pink Road and right again on Chemin de la Montagne.To your right on is the Eardley Escarpment, natural boundary between the Canadian Shield and the St.Lawrence Lowlands that stretch to the Ottawa Valley. It is part of Gatineau Park and if you turn right on Hôtel-de-ville Road, you can reach the Luskville Falls Trail.
Potager Eardley
398, chemin Eardley
Gatineau (Québec) J9J 2Y9

This agritourism farm grows fruits and vegetables, including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, sweet corn, pumpkins, and squash. Experience the pleasures of picking your own fruit. Potager Eardley also produces artisanal ice cream, gelato, sorbet, and frozen yogurt.

98 km
​​Passing through Portage-du-fort, reach Campbell's Bay and be sure to stop at Litchfield Municipality's rest area that will be on your left just after the village. You won't get a view of the Ottawa Valley like this one anywhere else.
Félix-Gabriel-Marchand Bridge
300, rue Principale
Mansfield-et-Pontefract (Québec) J0X 1R0

The Marchand Covered Bridge was built in 1898 by Augustus Brown of Beachburg. It replaces two older bridges that were in the same place on the Coulonge River. The two bridges were the link between the lumberjack's camp and the village of Fort Coulonge. Held up by six wooden pillars, it measures about 153 meters. Its the longest covered bridge in Quebec. Built entirely out of pine, this "one way" bridge was covered so that it wouldn't rot. Presently undergoing renovations, this bridge adds charm to the picturesque Coulonge River.

23 km
​Félix-Gabriel-Marchand Bridge is the longest driveable covered bridge in Québec. Right across the 148 is George Bryson Cultural House, a historical monument bearing witness to the Pontiac's rich history. Once you reach Waltham, take a left to head to Isle-aux-Allumettes.
Isle-aux-Allumettes Tourist Information Relay
6895, route 148
L'Isle-aux-Allumettes (Québec) J0X 1M0

The tourist information station in the municipality of L'Isle-aux-Allumettes welcomes visitors to the RCM of Pontiac, in Outaouais. On site you'll find maps of Québec, the Outaouais region, the RCM of Pontiac and the municipality (including information on where to find local services, businesses, accommodations, restaurants and main attractions), as well as a display containing a variety of tourist pamphlets (regional, local, cultural, etc.). Emergency numbers are also posted at the station. Access to a payphone and a power source. Accessible to the mobility impaired.

127 km
​On Isle-aux-Allumettes, follow the indications for Chapeau and cross the bridge. ​​Take a right on Chapeau-Waltham Road to get back on the 148. As you head back towards Gatineau, take the time to stop in Shawville, grab lunch at Café 349, and admire the architecture. Road 148 will take you in the sector of Aylmer and once there, follow Eardley Road instead of turning on des Allumettières Blvd. You will end up in picturesque Vieux-Aylmer.
Destination rue Principale du Vieux-Aylmer
115, rue Principale
Gatineau (Québec) J9H 3M2

Destination rue Principale du Vieux-Aylmer will make you discover a lively street with specialized boutiques in this historic area. Come admire its ancestral homes and discover its treasures: a fine chocolatier, gourmet restaurants, fine grocers and sausage makers. Also features artisan specialists, art galleries, the widest variety of beer in Quebec, magnificent terraces and cafés, a tea house and a breath-taking sunset over the Ottawa River.