What to do in May in the Outaouais region
May is here and we’re ready with suggestions of events and activities to enjoy with family and friends!
Festival and events
No doubt about it, podcasting is becoming more and more popular and diverse. That’s why the Transistor team is inviting you to come hang out with them at the second edition of their digital radio festival!
Rich programming, a wide range of guests, interesting discoveries, and the return of the wrestling gala in Old Hull—don’t miss this podcasting extravaganza!
La Filature – 80 Hanson Street, Gatineau
Thursday, May 10 to Sunday, May 13
Donations always appreciated. | Tickets required for the wrestling gala.
Canadian Tulip Festival
Once again this year, colourful tulips will brighten the month of May in Canada’s Capital Region! From May 11–21, grab your camera and go for a stroll through one of the Canadian Tulip Festival’s four official sites.
Under the theme “A World of Tulips,” this year’s event features 1,000 artists and more than 100 family activities.
Pssst: It’s the ideal opportunity to take fantastic photos and bump up your Instagram feed. 😉
Where: Lansdowne Park | Commissioners Park (Dow’s Lake) | Garden Promenade | ByWard Market
Friday, May 11 to Monday, May 21
Free, but some activities require a ticket.
Do you like discovering Quebec products and crafts? If so, the Etsy Outaouais Spring Market is for you! On May 25 and 26, visit The British Hotel and meet Quebec artisans. You’ll surely fall in love with one (or more!) of the products on display!
The British Hotel – 71 Principale Street, Aylmer
Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26
Rendez-vous des saveurs
For the foodies of this world, this event is the stuff of dreams! From May 18 to 20, come discover and sample products and dishes developed by the greatest culinary artisans in the Outaouais.
Chefs, bakers, pastry chefs, master brewers, sommeliers and farmers will gather on the Zibi site to create a real gourmet feast!
Zibi (corner of Alexandre-Tâché Blvd. and Montcalm Street, Gatineau)
Friday, May 18 to Sunday, May 20
Three-day pass: $15 | Day pass: $10 | Group of 10 or more: $8 each | Children 11 and under: Free
Free admission on Friday, May 18 from noon to 4 p.m.
Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend
On May 26 and 27, Canada’s biggest marathon weekend celebrates its 43rd birthday. Whether you’re a spectator, professional or amateur runner, or young family looking for a challenge, this event is for you!
Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27
Varies depending on the route chosen
The event includes a half-marathon, 10K and 5K races, a 2K family race, and a 1.2K Kids Marathon.
Outdoor activities with family and friends
Le Sorcier Golf Club
Golfers have been eagerly awaiting this moment for months! Time to dust off those woods and irons and head for the fairway of your favourite golf course.
Here are a few courses opening in May:
- Fairmont Le Château Montebello Golf Club
- Thurso Golf Club
- Dunn-D’s Mini Golf (ideal for introducing kids to golf)
- Le Sorcier Golf Club
- Gatineau Golf and Country Club (opening May 19)
May is bicycle month in Quebec, and the Outaouais is one of the best regions to go biking! With 800 km of level or winding trails, the Outaouais is a real paradise for professional, amateur and adventurous cyclists.
Here are some bike trails opening in May:
- NOKIA Sunday Bikedays, perfect for young families.
- Cycling trail from Plaisance to Thurso, perfect for a leisurely ride.
- Mountain biking at Mont-Sainte-Marie, perfect for thrillseekers.
Zip line at Arbraska Laflèche
From tree to tree
Whether or not you’re adventurous by nature, and no matter whom you go with, you’ll have a ball in the Outaouais’ three aerial parks!
- Coulonge Falls Adventure Park offers activities for all skill levels, from beginner to expert, including two new aerial adult obstacle courses, eight zip lines above the canyon, and a 500-metre climbing experience.
- At Camp Fortune, enjoy the thrill of an aerial course of suspended walkways, rope bridges and net gangways, with a grand finale zip line!
- At Arbraska Laflèche, try out the zip lines, suspended walkways, swings, net gangways, and lots more adventures, including a GPS rally and cave exploration. You can even soar high above a lake at 45 kph on a giant zip line!
Ouisurf retreat at Parc régional du Poisson Blanc
May is the month to load up the car, ditch the cellphone, and head out for adventure in one of the Outaouais’ many campgrounds. Our region is a gigantic playground with thousands of lakes and rivers, dense forests and vast open spaces—just for you!
Whatever your style, from family trailer camping to a rustic tent setup to glamping, you’re sure to find your little piece of heaven in the Outaouais.
Don’t forget the marshmallows!