It’s vacation time!

For kids, vacation = lots of fun and activities; for parents, it can also mean significant expenses.

The Outaouais is THE family destination, and our Top 50 list proves it! Here are 50 things families of 2 adults and 2 kids can do for $50 or less. Click on the name of each attraction to find out more!

Have an #Outaouaisfun summer!

Musée nature

NATIONAL MUSEUMS

Canadian Museum of History (including the Canadian Children’s Museum and Ciné+)

Family pass $50 (up to 6 persons, maximum 2 adults)

Picnic area

National Gallery of Canada

Family pass $30 (up to 5 persons, maximum 2 adults)

Canadian War Museum

Family pass $43 (up to 5 persons, maximum 2 adults)

Canadian Museum of Nature

Tiny Tot (0–2): Free
Child (3–12): $10
Student (13+): $12
Adult: $14
Senior (65+): $12

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

Family pass $26 (up to 5 persons, maximum 2 adults)

Picnic area

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Family pass $30 (up to 5 persons, maximum 2 adults)

Parc-national-de-Plaisance-(3)

SITES OPERATED BY SÉPAQ

Plaisance National Park

Day pass: Adults $8.50, children 17 and under free

Camping: $24–$38.75 per night (except ready-to-camp units)

Bike rental: Adults $14 per hour, children 17 and under free (4‑hour and full-day rental also available)

Boat rental: $15–$23 per hour (4‑hour and full-day rental also available)

Picnic area

Centre touristique du Lac-Simon

Day pass: Adult $9.13, child $4.57

Camping: $33.75–$52.75 per night (except ready-to-camp units and cottages)

Boat rental: $15.25–$18.50 per hour (4‑hour and full-day rental also available)

Picnic area

Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve

Camping: $22.50–$33.75 per night (except ready-to-camp units and cottages)

Boat rental: $15–$45 per hour (4‑hour and full-day rental also available)

parc-cedres

PARKS OPERATED BY THE CITY OF GATINEAU

Lac-Beauchamp Outdoor Centre

Free public beach access

Boat rental: $8 per 30 minute period (maximum of 3 periods)

Cycling and hiking trails

Children’s play structures

Picnic area

La Lièvre Nautical Centre

Free public access

Boat rental from $10 to $15 depending on the type of craft and rental period (cash only)

Picnic area

Lac-Leamy Outdoor Centre

Free public beach access

Boat rental: $16 per hour

Picnic area

Moussette Park Beach

Free public access

Children’s play structure

Des Cèdres Park Beach

Free public access

Children’s play structure

Centennial-flame-and-Centre-Block.-Photo-Credit-Jonathon-Harrington,-2013

VISITS TO OFFICIAL INSTITUTIONS

Picnic area available at each location.

Free public access.

For visiting hours, please consult the individual websites.

Rideau Hall

Parliament of Canada

Supreme Court of Canada

vedette-equitation-ferme-cabriole-01

FARM VISITS

Picnic area available at each location.

Ferme Cabriole

$5 per person for a guided tour and visit with all the animals

Outaouais Gourmet Way

Free admission to most stops on the route

Ferme Les Trois Coteaux

Ages 0–14: $5

Ages 15+: $10

Pheasantry of the Hills

Ages 2 and under: Free

Ages 3–12: $9

Ages 13+: $12

vedette-potager-eardley-24

PICK-YOUR-OWN

Priced by weight or by volume depending on location.

Ferme au soleil levant

Raspberries, blueberries, haskap (honeyberries), cherries

Fraisière et plus Daniel Bélair et fils

Strawberries, autumn stawberries, vegetables

Les Fruits du Sommet

10 varieties of raspberries, 7 varieties of blueberries

Potager Eardley

Strawberries (11 varieties), raspberries, blueberries (6 varieties), squash, pumpkins, sweet corn

Children’s play structures

Domaine Mont Vézeau Vineyard and Strawberry Farm

Strawberries

Ferme Les Trois Coteaux

Blueberries

Guided farm tours, visits with the animals

vedette-parcs-d-amusement-et-mini-golf-01

OTHER ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Gatineau Park

Individual campsites (tent or recreational vehicle): $33.90 per night, including beach access

Cycling, hiking, visits to various points of interest, free public beach access. Dogs allowed in most areas.

Boat rental (Meech, Philippe and La Pêche lakes): $20–$50 depending on rental period. $11 for parking at the beaches.

Several picnic areas

Au feel de l’eau Aqua-Taxi

Water shuttle between the Canadian Museum of History and the Ottawa Locks

Child: One way $5, round trip $8

Adult: One way $6, round trip $10

Dogs welcome

Éco-Odyssée

Family water maze adventure: $49.50/paddle boat (2 adults, 2 children)

Walking adventure: $15 per family

Canoe rental: $30 (max 2 adults)

Dunn-D's Mini-Golf

Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children): $29.99

Children age 3 and under: Free

Clip ‘N Climb at Altitude Gym

$14.95 per person

Rapides-Farmer Generating Station

Free

L'As des jeux

Board game rental $1.99–$9.99 depending on the retail value of the game

You can play at the store or rent a game to take back to your house or hotel for a 3 day period.

Manoir Papineau National Historic Site

Free in 2017!

Plaisance Falls

Family pass $13

Picnic area

Dogs welcome

Bike rental at the Maison du vélo

$5–$10 depending on the type of bike

Complexe Amigo

Wacky Putt: Children $6, adults $8

mosaicanadaThumbnail

SPECIAL EVENTS

MosaïCanada 150

Free

Un été chaud à Gatineau summer activity program

Free

Rouge FM Outdoor Movie Nights (July 21 and 28)

Free

Northern Lights sound & light show on Parliament Hill (July 9–September 10)

Free

Lac-Simon Fireworks (July 29)

Free

Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light (August 5–19)

Ages 11 and under: Free

Ages 12+: $8

Prices given are as listed on the venue and event websites, and do not include taxes. Please allow for parking fees for some activities.

 

Themes

Summer activities

Don’t run out of ideas…

Subscribe to our newsletter!

You can cancel your subscription at any time.

About the blog

Privacy policy