WHAT’S ON IN THE OUTAOUAIS, APRIL 5–11

Published on April 2 2019

It’s official: the snow is melting, spring is in the air, and we all have a touch of spring fever! Now is the time to admire nature waking up, sample some rosé, and start getting ready for Easter.

ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

A walk in the woods

Going for a walk is always a great idea, but especially in springtime. At Plaisance Falls, enjoy a 100% natural show at the site’s official opening for the season. This is your chance to see the falls in all their majestic splendour. Bring your snowshoes—you never know, a few late snowbanks might still be lingering in the shade.

Where

100 Malo Street, Plaisance

When

April 6 at 10 a.m.

Cost

Adult: $6. Free for children under 12

Good to know

In April, the site is open on Saturdays and Sundays. From May to the summer high season, it’s open Friday through Sunday, and over the summer holidays it’s open daily.

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Who? Who sees an owl? Who?

Accompanied by an experienced birdwatcher, go in search of the night birds that live in Gatineau Park. In the Dusk Series, learn to imitate the hoots and calls of the owls you meet along the way. This Friends of Gatineau Park activity is suitable for people age 10 and older.

Where

Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, 33 Scott Road, Chelsea

When

April 6 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Cost

Adult: $20, Family: $42

Good to know

Please wear weather-appropriate clothing for the 90-minute outdoors component of the activity.

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Sample local wines

For a sneak preview of summer, head west—more specifically, to Shawville and the Little Red Wagon Winery, where you can enjoy tastings of Lil’ Red, Lil’ White and Lil’ Rosé and raise a glass to the arrival of spring!

Where

165-C Du Calumet Road West, Shawville

When

Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m.; Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Closed Monday.

Good to know

It’s recommended that you call ahead before visiting the winery.

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An egg hunt at the Museum

Are you ready for Easter? Invite your children to an exciting treasure hunt. Before you start searching for the eggs hidden throughout the Canadian Museum of History, pick up your official Sparkling Egg Hunt ballot at the Travel Bureau in the Children’s Museum. If you find all 10 eggs, you’ll get a reward! So get cracking!

Where

Canadian Museum of History – 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau

When

April 8 to 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (8 p.m. on Thursdays)

Cost

Free with Museum admission

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Stroll and shop

Freshen up your spring wardrobe, find a little something for your beloved, or simply bring back a souvenir of the Collines-de-l’Outaouais! Discover unique and the original finds in Chelsea and Wakefield. Anne-Marie recently explored the shops of these charming villages. Call it pre-window shopping. No charge.

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