The Outaouais region is a gigantic playground, and new activities are added every day. From the downtown core to the heart of nature, indoors and out, you’ll find plenty of things to do as a family, as a couple or with friends. It’s no exaggeration: in the Outaouais region, what we really need is a 10‑day week!

Discover a treasure in the heart of Gatineau Park

Take a trip back in time with a visit to the Mackenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park. For nearly 50 years this beautiful property was the summer residence of William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada’s tenth prime minister. Explore the walking trails, tour the restored cottages, stroll through the heritage gardens, admire the architectural ruins, and stop for lunch or tea at the Moorside Tea Room. Interpretation guides, audiovisual presentations and interpretation panels paint a picture of Canada in days gone by.

A dazzling display of daylilies in Ripon

On Sunday, July 27, discover an explosion of colour at the 6th annual Daylily Day at the Jardins d’Emmarocalles gardens and nursery in Ripon. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., stroll through the gardens and admire more than 1,500 cultivars of daylilies, enjoy live music, meet local food producers and artisans, and visit the new interpretation centre, where you can learn all about daylilies—including what they taste like!

Tour the city aboard an amphibian vehicle

For a unique perspective on the Outaouais region, take a guided tour aboard the Lady Dive Tours Amphibus. By land and water, discover more than 75 attractions in the National Capital Region, including museums, parks, embassies, Parliament Hill, the Prime Minister’s residence, Rideau Hall, the ByWard Market, and lots more.

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