What's in the Outaouais October 4-10
It’s time to dig out the heavy sweaters and get set for fall activities. There’s no shortage of things to do in every corner of the Outaouais! From a Bavarian-inspired seasonal celebration in the Pontiac to traditional music and crafts in the Collines-de-la-Gatineau, you’ll find lots to enjoy.
Events and activities
Oktoberfest in Ladysmith
Did you know that the Pontiac is home to one of the largest Oktoberfests in Quebec? Every year, some 5,000 people gather in Ladysmith (where several families of German origin have lived since 1868) to celebrate the town’s German heritage. There will be beer and Bavarian food, of course, a parade and competitions, plus live bands and traditional dancing. For a sneak peek, view a video profile (in French) of one of the members of the Maple Leaf-Almrausch Club Schuhplattler Bavarian dancers (try saying that three times fast!).
Thorne Community Recreation Association site, 777 Route 366, Ladysmith (Thorne)
Friday & Saturday $15 $, Sunday $10, full weekend pass $30. Children 12 and under admitted free.
It’s that time of year again! One of the region’s most popular seasonal attractions is Fall Rhapsody, mainly in Gatineau Park. It’s the easiest way to enjoy fall ever! To ensure that your bucolic experience is pleasant and relaxing, we strongly recommend taking the NCC’s free shuttle to access the busiest destinations in the park. For optimum timing, consult the Colour Meter on the official Fall Rhapsody page before you go!
The NCC’s free shuttle is offered October 5 to 27, on weekends and Thanksgiving Monday.
Rendez-vous touristique Petite-Nation
As everybody knows, the Petite-Nation has a wealth of tourist attractions. Come and meet local tourism industry representatives gathered under one roof to present their products and services. The trade fair includes several workshops, tastings, and surprises!
530 Charles-Auguste-Montreuil Street, Saint-André-Avellin
October 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A beautiful day in a beautiful spot. Come for a picnic near the Cross Loop covered bridge in the heart of Meech Creek Valley. There will be activities for the whole family, including a kite-flying demonstration and square dancing, basketry, herbalism and traditional weaving workshops. Food-wise, there will be a mechoui and a corn roast. Bring your camera: it’s the perfect setting for family photos!
Parking P15–P16 (Cross Loop Road), Chelsea
October 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
A shuttle service will be available between the parking lots and the activity site.
Brunch at the Relais Plein Air
The Relais Plein Air is ideally located to admire the fall colours. Did you know that this popular outdoor centre is beautiful inside and offers a range of activities? Enjoy a weekend brunch packed with autumn flavours at the Café des Sentiers. Afterwards, you can practise yoga with your children and/or try your hand at Kubb, an outdoor strategy game also known as Viking chess!
Relais Plein Air, 397 De la Cité-des-Jeunes Blvd., Gatineau
October 5. Brunch: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parent–child yoga: 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Kubb demonstration: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Looking for more ideas? Consult the event calendar on our Facebook page!