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.

What’s on this week:

Gatineau Crazy Races

On June 28, come and cheer on the competitors in the 11th annual soap box derby at the Gatineau Crazy Races festival. Throughout the day, more than 50 racers will speed down the Main Street hill at the wheel of their eco-friendly vehicles. The festival opens on Friday, June 27 with a live-comedy show featuring Sébastien Ouellet and hosted by Étienne Dano. July 5 is dedicated to water races, including the Water Boneshaker and Concrete Canoe races.

Whitewater rafting under a July full moon

Did you know that Horizon X kayak and rafting is the only company in Canada that offers full moon rafting trips—and has done for the last 10 years? Trips run up to 5 days before or after a full moon. July dates are July 10–15. Sign up now for this one-of-a-kind nocturnal adventure on the Ottawa River!

Fun-filled long weekends

Between the Fête nationale du Québec (Quebec national holiday) on June 24 and Canada Day on July 1, there’s n<o shortage of entertainment in Gatineau and Ottawa! Fête nationale festivities kick off on June 23 with a free concert by Michel Pagliaro and Offenbach, on the grounds of Le Carrefour secondary school. Also on June 23, at the Outaouais en fête festival in Des Cèdres Park, in the Aylmer sector, catch Les Vikings with Michel Faubert, Richard Petit, Jason Guérrette, Marie Pier Gamache, André‑Anne Leclerc, Martin Giroux, Carolanne d’Astous‑Paquet, Jason Roy‑Leveillée and Wilfred Lebouthiller. On June 24, sing along with Compagnie Créole. On July 1, Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill include performances by Véronic DiCaire, Serena Ryder and Nadja, and there’s family fun galore at Jacques Cartier Park, with inflatable games, face painting, colouring, sand sculptures, a birds of prey show, a children’s stage, a village of days gone by, and more.

For more ideas and suggestions for things to do in the Outaouais region, visit www.outaouaistourism.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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