What's on the Outaouais August 2-8
Once again this week, we’re getting together to party. For a bunch of reasons: flowers, BBQ season, fabulous brunches, country music, and of course, summertime!
ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
In praise of spare ribs
There will be lots of sticky fingers at Ottawa’s Capital Ribfest. Sample the mouth-watering ribs and try the pulled pork, chicken, and other BBQ delights. Don’t forget to bring some wet wipes!
Festival Plaza, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Street
Free site access, various prices for food.
Cash only. Debit and credit cards not accepted.
The Estate in Bloom
It’s gorgeous all year round, but right now it’s particularly stunning. Visit the Mackenzie King Estate and admire the ornamental gardens at the annual “The Estate in Bloom” event. The string concert, yoga and storytelling for the family, and, of course, tours of the site are all free. Bring a picnic!
Mackenzie King Estate, Chelsea
Activities are free, but regular vehicle access fees apply.
A gourmet brunch outdoors
Aubry Lane is the ideal spot for memorable events. Brunch en parfait accord (“brunch in perfect harmony”) is one of them. Every Sunday in August, top local chefs will collaborate to create a three-course menu inspired by musical offerings from Simon Berniquez and his musicians. Brunch patrons will be seated in long table format. Reserve now for the second edition of this unique and harmonious brunch experience!
Aubry Lane, Gatineau
Every Sunday in August
$55 for the three-course brunch.
Seating is limited!
Festival country du grand Gatineau
Some big names in country music are coming to Gatineau this year. Under the big top, come and hear (among others!) Patrick Norman, Julie Daraîche, Stéphanie St‑Jean and Cayouche! Celebrate Paul Daraîche’s 50-year career during a unique tribute evening. In all, some 50 artists will be on hand to delight country music fans!
Robert Guertin Arena parking lot – 125 Carillon Street, Gatineau
From $20 to $30 depending on the day.
Bring a low lawn chair so you don’t block the view of the people behind you!
Festival de la patate de Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix
The humble potato deserves to be celebrated. Join the crowd in Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix for a festival dedicated to all things potato! Pick them, sample them, chat with local potato producers, and most important, have a good time! Country music, entertainment and activities for all ages.
267 Notre Dame Street, Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix
Festival wristband: Advance (until Aug. 1) $55, regular $65.
The festival wristband gives you access to the live shows under the big top, Thursday through Sunday; an RV site; and access to the corn boil and music jam on Wednesday.
Go play outside
Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and get back to nature at the Air Eau Bois outdoor centre. With a guide or on your own, launch a canoe or sea kayak and go for a paddle on the crystal-clear waters of Poisson Blanc Lake. Other activities offered on site include swimming, hiking and archery. If you want to extend your stay, several accommodation packages are available (meals included!).
Air Eau Bois outdoor centre – 32 De la Base de Plein Air Road, Denholm