What's on in the Outaouais, october 5-11

Published on October 4 2018

Cover photo credits : National Capital Commission

Thanksgiving weekend in the Outaouais promises to be colourful! Whether you’re a fan of outdoor hiking, mountain running, cultural outings or agricultural discoveries, there are lots of reasons to get out there this week and enjoy the fall colours and the simple pleasures of the season.

Festivals and events !

Summit Challenge

Looking for a local, family-friendly sport event? The Summit Challenge (Défi du sommet) mountain trail race is ideal, with 1K, 2K, 5K and 10K courses open for registration. And the fun doesn’t stop there: the race is part of the Cascades Colourfest fall festival, with family activities, an Oktoberfest BBQ, music, children’s games, and sports equipment sales.

Where

Mont-Cascades – 448 Mont-des-Cascades Road, Cantley.

When

Cascades Colourfest: Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Summit Challenge: Saturday, October 6 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

Cost

Free for the entrance. Different prices for the race. Lift tickets $7 (free for children 5 and under).

Good to know

If you participate in the Cascades Colourfest or the Summit Challenge, you can get preferred rates on season passes, and register on the spot for various programs at the Mont Cascades Snow School (subject to availability).

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Mont Ste-Marie Festival of Colours

Just under an hour’s drive from downtown Gatineau, Mont Ste-Marie will be showing off its finest colours to entice you outdoors this weekend! Admire the fall colours from the trails, from the chairlifts, or from high in the air (helicopter tours available for $50). Children’s games, music and exhibitors’ booths await you.

Where

Mont Ste-Marie – 76 De la Montagne Road, Lac-Sainte-Marie.

When

Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost

Admission free. Lift tickets: Adult $16 | Child (age 7–17) $11 | Children 6 and under free.

Good to know

Free RV parking on site.

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Bal des citrouilles de Ripon

This weekend, get together with family and friends and enjoy a lively, colourful and original festival in the heart of Ripon: the Bal des citrouilles (Pumpkin Ball)! The festival takes place at two different sites, and the program includes a pumpkin decorating workshop for kids, inflatable games, pony rides, a mini-farm, musical performances, and lots more.

Where

2 sites: Ripon Community Centre – 31 Coursol Street, Ripon. | Place du Marché – 4 Du Marché Street, Ripon.

When

Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Bal des citrouilles opening show: Friday, October 5 at 6 p.m.

Cost

Free. Admission charge for some activities.

Good to know

To get from one festival site to the other, hop aboard the horse-drawn shuttle ($2 per person, free for children under 7).

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NCC Fall Rhapsody

Gatineau Park is in full autumn mode, and to go along with the spectacular colours, this week the National Capital Commission is offering two great activities. The Anishinabe Nibin (Algonquin Summer) event will immerse you in the lifestyle and culture of the Algonquin Nation, and at the Pontiac Country Fair you can meet local craftspeople and watch equestrian demonstrations in a truly enchanting setting.

Where

Anishinabe Nibin (Algonquin Summer): Gatineau Park Visitor Centre – 33 Scott Road, Chelsea. | Pontiac Country Fair: Luskville Falls, De l’Hôtel de Ville Road, Luskville.

When

Anishinabe Nibin (Algonquin Summer): Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Pontiac Country Fair: Saturday, October 6 to Monday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost

Free.

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Thanksgiving Weekend at the Farm

On this weekend celebrating abundance and harvest, take a few hours to introduce your toddlers to a host of topics at the Agriculture and Food Museum. From learning about a pumpkin’s life cycle to making an apple dessert and meeting a farrier, the various activities are sure to give your children some great project ideas!

Where

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum – 901 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa.

When

Saturday, October 6 to Monday, October 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost

Free with museum admission.

Good to know

There will be demonstrations with farm animals (cows and calves, rabbits and ducks) throughout the weekend. You’ll be given a handout at the entrance listing the demonstration times.

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La Grande Braderie 2018

The fashion event of the year arrives in Gatineau this weekend! The Grande Braderie (“big sidewalk sale”) is an opportunity to discover the rising stars of Quebec fashion, meet your favourite designers, and most of all, make some great finds. With discounts ranging from 50% to 80% on clothing by more than 50 Quebec designers and manufacturers, you’re sure to find unique and coveted items at bargain prices—and you’ll be buying local!

Where

Hilton Lac-Leamy – 3 Du Casino Blvd., Gatineau.

When

Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost

Free.

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