What's on the Outaouais June 14-20

Published on June 11 2019

There’s a hint of summer in the air. It’s about time! Check out our suggested activities to make the most of it: belt out a few country tunes, go hiking in the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, or relax on the warm sand at Lac Simon.

ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

Val-des-Monts Country Festival

Looking for a great party? Head for Val-des-Monts! The 9th annual Val-des-Monts Country Festival will feature nearly two dozen live country music shows by such talents as Carole Ann King, Julie Daraiche, Stéphanie St-Jean and Lendemains de veille. Don’t miss the ’80s costume contest on Thursday night—there’s a prize for the best outfit!

Where

42 Déziel Road, Val-des-Monts

When

June 12-16

Cost

Wristband for Thursday, Friday or Saturday: $25. For Sunday: $15. For all 4 days: $65.

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Insect Festival

Come celebrate world biodiversity and ecology in Gatineau. The Insect Festival is an opportunity to handle cute little critters that are rarely seen (like praying mantises and bearded dragons!), marvel at the butterfly aviary, attend workshops and go on treasure hunts. While you’re there, you can visit two festivals in one trip: the Ecosphere, Quebec’s largest free ecological festival, is happening on the same site.

Where

Leamy Lake parking lot (behind the Réno-Dépot)

When

June 15 & 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost

Regular: $10. Ages 4 to 17: $5

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Clan warfare!

The Canadian War Museum’s latest special exhibition opened on June 7! Highland Warriors traces the origins and culture of the Highland soldier, dating back to the Middle Ages. It features more than 200 artifacts, from broadswords to tartans and bagpipes. A fine excuse to wear your kilt!

Where

Canadian War Museum – 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa

When

Until January 12, 2020

Cost

Adults: $17, ages 3 to 12: $11

Good to know

Admission fees to the Canadian War Museum include access to special exhibitions and all the Museum’s galleries.

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Hiking in the Vallée

The Vallée-de-la-Gatineau wants to become the region’s top spot for hiking. So far, nine trails have been refurbished and are ready to welcome tourists eager for wide open spaces. From Blue Sea to Grand-Remous by way of Ste-Thérèse-de-la-Gatineau, you’re invited to explore the area’s “Off the Beaten Path” hiking trails. North of Wakefield, you’ll discover a remarkable diversity of flora and fauna!

Where

Vallée-de-la-Gatineau

Cost

Free!

Good to know

The website features downloadable trail maps.

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A day trip to Lac Simon

When you think of the Lac Simon Tourist Resort, you probably think of family camping. But did you know that you can spend the day there and enjoy the facilities? Picture it: two kilometres of sun-warmed sand to bask on, the crystal-clear water of the lake for swimming or sailing. You can rent a kayaks or paddle board on the spot; you can also rent bicycles (free for children) or go for a hike. A stress-free vacation day—sounds like a fine plan!

Where

Lac Simon Tourist Resort

Cost

Day pass: Adult – $10.44, ages 6–17 – $5.22

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Looking for more ideas for summer fun? Consult the event calendar on our Facebook page or read our blog post about new summer activities in the Outaouais!

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