What’s on in the Outaouais, February 28–March 5
Want to spend some time with your family and you’re looking for fun activities? Here are a few suggestions!
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
SALON DU LIVRE DE L’OUTAOUAIS
The Salon du livre continues until March 1, and you’re invited to venture outside the Palais des congrès to enjoy various literary offerings. On February 28, participate in a writing workshop at the iconic Montcalm Tavern and compose a few verses of your own. On February 29 at the Canadian Museum of History, join authors Louis-Karl Picard-Sioui and Mishka Lavigne on a special voyage to the world of Indigenous literature, complemented by a short guided tour of the Canadian History Room led by curator James Trépanier. At Fairview House, watch performances by a dozen authors (including Zachary Richard) at a literary mashup in the middle of the night!
February 27 to March 1
FLIP GAMES EVENT
Have you ever secretly wanted to join the kids playing in inflatable structures? Here’s your chance. The Flip Games event is an activity day where you can try out various inflatables. Five different play stations, reserved for older children (age 18 and up)!
250 Gamelin Street, Gatineau
Saturday, February 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
$25 per person
Gym clothes are highly recommended, and please leave jewellery at home.
*MARCH BREAK IDEAS*
A VISIT TO THE MONTAGNES NOIRES
Here’s a corner of the region that’s well worth the trip. At Montagnes Noires Park, you can slide down three long, beautiful tube slides, explore the forest trails on cross-country skis, a fat bike or snowshoes, try luge (one of the few places in the region you can do that), and contemplate the majestic view from the hilltop lookout. In the park’s chalet and shelters, enjoy your lunch and warm up by the fireplace!
Montagnes Noires Park, 39 De la Montagne-Noire Road, Ripon
This March break, try something new at Arbraska Laflèche! Discover the zip lines and the aerial park, and admire the ice stalagmites in the underground cave. Bring your snowshoes—the trails are in great shape!
255 Route Principale, Val-des-Monts
If you’ve got a bunch of spirited teenagers looking for the ultimate outdoor experience, the Outaouais has you covered! Aventure Hélianthe offers multi-day expeditions in the forest. Accompanied by a guide, discover the beauty of the Pontiac. Food and lodging in Cree camps are included.
314 QC-148, Mansfield-et-Pontefract
Aventure Hélianthe offers several activities for elementary and high school groups.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA
Several local museums organize special March break activities, and the National Gallery is one of them. Attend an Artissimo workshop and create your own work of art: a family crest, a pastel sketch or grattage—there are different activities every day!
National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa
Weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Offered daily during March break in Quebec (March 2–6) and Ontario (March 16–20).
Artissimo activities are for children age 3 and older accompanied by an adult, and are included with regular Gallery admission (free for children 11 and under).
Spring break at Parc Oméga is synonymous with a lot of fun! Every day, a series of activities are offered: horse-drawn carriage rides, snowshoe rally, wolf and arctic fox presentation, giant slide, face painting, visit of the trading post and taffy on the snow! Come and meet Baribal, the Park’s mascot.tir
Parc Omega, 399 QC-323, Montebello