Summer vacation is over, the kids are back in school, and your bank account is just about empty—right? But that’s no reason to stay hunkered down at home with the kids. After spending a whole week stuck in a classroom, they’ll welcome an active weekend!

This week, we’re suggesting three extremely affordable things to do in the Outaouais:

Pick your own apples

September is apple-picking time! In the Outaouais, the Verger Croque-Pomme orchard is a family favourite. Currently, you can pick 4 varieties of apples, as well as pumpkins and squash. There are play structures for the kids, and picnic tables where you and your family can have lunch.

Free day at Plaisance National Park

Saturday, September 10 is Quebec National Parks Day, which means admission to all SEPAQ parks is free. In the Outaouais, Plaisance National Park opens its gates free of charge and invites you to enjoy three activities, two of which are free for everyone. Starting at 10 a.m., you can participate in a free 1.5K, 5K or 10K run on the park’s trails (registration required for the 10K run). From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., meet a park warden and naturalist and learn about the park’s flora and fauna. Finally, at 1:30 p.m. you can take part in a rabaska canoe excursion on the Ottawa River (free for ages 17 and under, $9.75 for adults).

Official reopening of Jacques-Cartier Street

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., join the party at the official reopening of Jacques-Cartier Street in Gatineau after a months-long makeover. The day’s program includes a historical rally, an Instagram rally, guided heritage walking tours, kids’ shows, live music, strolling entertainers, face painting for kids, drawing and chalk workshops, inflatable structures, reading activities, pedal go-karting, and more. You’ll find the full schedule here (in French only).

For more things to do in the Outaouais, visit www.outaouaistourism.com.

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