A getaway for the whole family!
Family is the most important thing. Here in the Outaouais, we even have a museum just for kids! Follow your tour guide on an adventure the whole family will enjoy. At least, mine does!
WINTERLUDE: February 2–19
My kids are always thrilled when I tell them we’re going to Winterlude. For one thing, they get to see their parents playing in the snow, a rare event that makes a big impression on their young minds! Winterlude turns 40 this year, and the Snowflake Kingdom is moving to the north end of Jacques Cartier Park for three weekends of free family activities in this gigantic snow playground.
Are tummies starting to rumble? A few minutes’ walk will take you to downtown Gatineau with its many charming restaurants, including Le Troquet, a casual bistro perfect for a family meal.
As the evening shadows lengthen, check into a comfortable room at the Ramada Plaza Manoir du Casino. With a fireplace in every room, it’s ideal for cocooning after an active day. Several packages include breakfast, among them (what a coincidence) the Family Getaway package. Perfect!
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: Open all year
The next day, explore another top local attraction, indoors this time. Whenever I take my kids there, I always think we’ll only stay an hour or so. And I’m always wrong: no one ever wants to leave! Always beautiful, always fascinating, the Canadian Children’s Museum is an absolute must for families. Take a trip around the world, touch things to your heart’s content, dress up, or imagine you’re a shopkeeper at the local market, an explorer discovering a secret passage, or the captain of a cargo ship. At this museum, you’re the star! And if your kids are old enough to appreciate art, be sure to visit the Dreamworks exhibition, on until April 8 at the Canadian Museum of History, in the same building.
Photo credit: Kate Whitley / Dreamworks Te Papa 2016