Discover the Petite-Nation in winter mode
The Petite-Nation region in the eastern part of the Outaouais is a very appealing destination, with its rolling hills, winding rivers and sandy-bottomed lakes. Here are three suggestions for outdoor activities to enjoy in this beautiful area.
If you’re longing to get away from it all without giving up your creature comforts, Kenauk Nature is the place for you. Located just a few kilometres from Montebello, it’s the oldest private nature reserve in North America. Its hills and woods are rich with history; formerly a private club, it’s now open to people looking for an upscale wilderness experience. On-site activities include cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on pristine trails, ice fishing (with or without a guide) and skeet shooting! Among the 16 secluded woodland cabins is the historic Tricorne: built in the 1930s, it accommodates just two people, so it’s ideal for a romantic retreat. Before you settle into your cozy hideaway, explore the village of Montebello and visit its artisans, including a chocolate maker, brewers, and a cheesemaker, all of whom will be happy to help you stock up! And if cabin fever strikes, you can always make a reservation at Aux Chantignoles, the outstanding restaurant at the Fairmont Le Château Montebello.
I’ve promised myself that this is the year I finally make it to Duhamel to try out the municipality’s amazing snowshoe trails. They even have a dedicated snowshoe festival on February 24, the Festival Duhamel en raquette! For a family-friendly excursion, try the Route des Zingues. For the Julie Trail, start from the P1 parking area, and if the kids are up for a challenge, take the Des Pins Trail, which leads to a scenic lookout with a spectacular view of Lake Gagnon. Allow about two hours for the round trip. As dusk is falling in late afternoon, stop in at the local restaurant, Au Rendez-Vous du Chevreuil (“where the deer meet”). The name says it all: keep your eyes peeled for these charming woodland visitors!
À vous tous, je vous souhaite une Bonne et Heureuse 2018, remplie de bonheurs petits et grands, de joie et surtout de la santé. Puisse vos projets se réaliser et arriver à bon port comme vous le souhaitez ! 🌬❤️👨🎓👩🏽🎓👨🍳👩🏽🔬👫🏡🤰🏻👨👩👧👦💆♀️🎰✈️⛩🌉🚢☀️😄👍 —�— Happy New Year 2018! 👋😊🎉🥂🎊💃 —�— #cettesemainesurinstagram #instagramfr #ig_livorno #igersfrance #royalsnappingartists #bella_shots #igers #instagramers #nature_brilliance #igersgrenoble #ig_france #igersfrance #decouvrirensemble #livemontreal #kings_meteo #oh_canada #Canada_PhotoLovers #explore_canada #cheznousauquebec #quebecoriginal #municipalite_de_duhamel #duhamel_la_vraie_vie #OutaouaisFun #tourismeoutaouais
St-André-Avellin is well worth a visit. This little village has a charm all its own! it’s home to a dozen artists’ and artisans’ studios, enticing restaurants on a par with the finest the big city has to offer, and a unique and popular gathering spot, the Pub St-André. Within its (well-decorated) walls is a small stage that regularly presents performances by top local talent. Right next door is the Auberge Petite-Nation, and if you buy a ticket to a show in the pub, you can save 15% off your room rate at the Auberge! For a complete getaway that includes culture and nature, rent a pair of cross-country skis (available on site) and explore the Louis Joseph Papineau Trail, part of a 14-km network that starts right behind the Auberge.
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