What's on in the Outaouais, March 8 - 14
Some are still on March break (Hello Ontario neighbors!), and there are plenty of activities for everyone! Museums, a visit in a cave and other winter fun on the menu!
Activities and Events!
Calling all inquisitive types, nature lovers, and outdoors enthusiasts: this event is for you! Guided by a nature interpreter, follow animal tracks in the snow and learn how the animals survive the cold. An invigorating two-hour snowshoe hike along the Gatineau Park trails. Snowshoes are provided!
Gatineau Park Visitors Centre – 33 Scott Road, Chelsea
Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 20 Saturday: 10:30 a.m. in French, 1:30 p.m. in English. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. in English, 1:30 p.m. in French
Space is limited; reservations are recommended.
Awesome March Break at the Museum
Several local museums offer special family programming during March Break in Ontario (March 11–15). At the Canadian War Museum, you can play strategy games (including giant chess), use Imagination Playground blocks (a far cry from dinky little wooden ones) to create engineering and architectural marvels, and take a family-friendly guided tour of the museum.
Canadian War Museum – 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa
Until March 17
Included with Museum admission
Tour tickets: $3 plus Museum admission.
Let’s hear it for life in the slow lane!
In a world where speed rules, take time to visit an exhibition that bucks the trend. Survival of the Slowest invites you to meet iguanas, bats, rattlesnakes, hedgehogs, and of course, Lilo the sloth! Being slow can be an advantage, as you will see.
Canadian Museum of Nature – 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa
Until April 28
$6 plus Museum admission. Free for Museum members and Tiny Tots (age 0–2).
Everyone, including Museum members and Tiny Tots, must get a ticket at the Museum to visit this special exhibition.
Relais plein air
We know the perfect après-ski spot: the Relais plein air. Did you know that it’s now open daily until mid-April? The new Café des Sentiers serves homemade soups and hearty snacks to satisfy outdoor appetites. Snowshoe rental and trail maps available.
Relais plein-air – 397 De la Cité-des-Jeunes Blvd., Gatineau
Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Underground or in the air
From an underground discovery tour to an airborne adventure, Arbraska Laflèche invites you to enjoy an active day outdoors. For example, the Snowman’s Adventure package includes a 145-metre (470-foot) zip line ride, a nature rally on snowshoes, and a visit to the largest cave in the Canadian Shield. Minimum age to participate in this package is 5 years. Reservations required.
Arbraska-Laflèche – 255 Route Principale, Val-des-Monts
Admission varies depending on activities chosen
You can spend the night in the Laflèche Cave among the little brown bats, ice stalagmites and stalactites! For groups of 8 or more.