Here are four great reasons to include the Outaouais region on your tour itinerary.
1. Proximity to Canada’s national capital
Discover two Canadian provinces (Quebec and Ontario), two official languages, and two distinct cultures in one convenient destination! Immerse yourself in our country’s history at one of our eight national museums, including the Canadian Museum of History, Canada’s most visited museum and tour the historic Parliament Buildings.
Let’s practise your spins on Canada’s largest outdoor skating rink or explore the area on two wheels along our 600km system of bike paths. Stock up on fresh local products at one of Canada’s largest and oldest outdoor markets and finally top off your evening with a visit to the Casino du Lac-Leamy!
2. Gatineau Park and surrounding area
Experience Quebec’s natural beauty at its finest! On the doorstep of downtown Gatineau–Ottawa, discover Gatineau Park with its multitude of outdoor activities. Go hiking, biking, canoeing, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing; explore mythical, natural and historic sites; spend a night in a yurt—the list is endless!
Nearby attractions include the largest visited underground cave in the Canadian Shield, a vast water labyrinth to explore by pedal boat, and Nordik Spa-Nature, North America’s largest spa.
3. The picturesque village of Montebello
Located halfway between Gatineau and Montreal, Montebello is a popular tourist destination. Local highlights include the delectable specialty food shops along the main street; Parc Oméga wildlife park, a Canadian safari; Camp Explora, where you can go on a scavenger hunt aboard an electric ATV; and the Manoir Papineau National Historic Site. Last but not least, discover your deluxe “Canadian cottage”: the Fairmont Le Château Montebello hotel and resort, the world’s largest log structure.
4. The Ottawa River
No mere trickle, this beautiful waterway is the main tributary of the mighty Saint Lawrence River and forms the natural boundary between Quebec and Ontario.
For an up-close river experience, book a cruise on a tour boat, hop aboard the Aqua-Taxi that links Gatineau and Ottawa, or go rafting for a day—or even a night, under the full moon!