What's in the Outaouais May 3-9
We’re focused on things to do this weekend, but also on helping out our neighbours. In these difficult times for so many people in the region, we wish everyone a little respite, lots of courage, and most of all, dry, sunny May weather!
ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
Pass the poutine
Yes, there’s some left! Poutine lovers are invited to the Ottawa PoutineFest at Ottawa City Hall, where more than 30 “poutiners” await you and your appetite!
Ottawa City Hall – 110 Laurier Ave. W., Ottawa
Free, but bring cash to buy poutine.
Wakefield Covered Bridge Run
Run for a good cause in Wakefield, and in a picturesque setting too. From the starting point at Ski Vorlage, head out along the NCC trails and over the Wakefield Covered Bridge. Your participation will help raise funds for several local charities, including the Sentiers Wakefield Trails. So lace up your running shoes and join the race!
Ski Vorlage – 65 Burnside Road, Wakefield
May 4 starting at 8:55 a.m.
$30 to $75 depending on the race
You can register on site at Ski Vorlage between 7 and 9:15 a.m. on race day. Cash and cheques only.
Keep active as a family
The whole gang is invited to run during BougeBouge Outaouais (“MoveMove Outaouais”), a popular family-friendly event. Kids and parents can sign up for the 1K, 2K, 5K, or (why not?) 10K. Who rules the road? You rule the road!
Asticou Centre – 241 De la Cité-des-Jeunes Blvd., Gatineau
May 5 starting at 7:30 a.m.
Online registration closed April 28, but late registrations will be accepted at the Plateau Provigo on Thursday, May 2 starting at 3:30 p.m. First come, first served.
The daily life of the coureurs des bois
They traveled the territory long before we did, traded with the First Peoples, and lived a rough-and-tumble life. Who were the coureurs des bois? Find out with Marcel Pronovost, a history and genealogy buff who will tell you all about, among other things, the daily life of these adventurers and the importance of the Ottawa River as a link to the Pays d’en Haut, west of Montreal.
City Hall council chamber – 188 Jeanne-d’Arc Street, Papineauville
May 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Lend a helping hand
As we’ve learned over the past few years, the people of the Outaouais are resilient and courageous in the face of natural disasters. Do you feel powerless as you watch the region’s rivers slowly rising? Change that helpless feeling into community action and assistance! Many municipalities are looking for volunteers to help with flood mitigation efforts. Don’t hesitate to contact the people in charge of your municipality to find out more about volunteer activities.
You can also join the Gatineau flood relief Facebook group (page mostly in French).