What to do in the Outaouais, May 11–17

Published on May 10 2018

There’s no shortage of things to do in the Outaouais region! Once again this week, we have suggestions for activities for every taste and budget, from tulips to podcasts, discoveries to a spa.

Upcoming events

Canadian Tulip Festival

From May 11–21, more than a million colourful tulips will brighten up Gatineau and Ottawa! Grab your camera and immerse yourself in the springtime beauty of Canada’s Capital Region.

Established 66 years ago, this world-renowned festival is a celebration of tulip art, culture, heritage, friendship and gardens.

Where

Lansdowne Park | Commissioners Park (Dow’s Lake) | Garden Promenade | ByWard Market

When

May 11–21

Cost

Free, but some activities require a ticket.

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Transistor – digital radio festival

The Transistor digital radio festival is in town this weekend! Podcast fans gather in downtown Gatineau to attend live recordings of their favourite podcasts.

Pssst: Don’t miss the return of the wrestling match in Old Hull, where 20 participants will compete!

Where

La Filature, 80 Hanson Street

When

May 10–13

Cost

Donations always appreciated

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Pedestrian Rally in Old Aylmer

With its diverse shops, terraces, art galleries and heritage buildings, Old Aylmer is worth (re)exploring! On Saturday, join the Pedestrian Rally in Old Aylmer and have fun (re)discovering its history!

Where

Symmes Inn Museum, at the Aylmer Marina

When

Saturday, May 12 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Cost

$15 per person | Free for children under 15 and the 6th person in a group

Good to know

Every participant will receive a souvenir gift.

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Fair Trade Fair Foire Équitable

This is an ideal activity for teaching your kids about ethical and sustainable consumption.

The theme of this year’s Fair Trade Fair in Wakefield and La Pêche is … bananas! Enjoy fair trade banana splits, sherbet and ice cream, lunch vendors, local producers, kids’ activities, and gifts for Mom (HER day is the next day!).

Where

Fairbairn House – 45 Wakefield Heights Road

When

Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Brunch and relaxation at Nordik Spa-Nature

On Mother’s Day, pamper your mother (or the mother of your kids) with the gift of relaxation at Nordik Spa-Nature. Plan a mother-and-daughter day, or give her some peaceful “me time” with the Mother’s Day package, which includes the thermal experience, free robe rental, brunch at the Restö, and gratuities.

Where

16 Nordik Road, Chelsea

When

Sunday, May 13

Cost

$98 per person (plus tax)

Good to know

Brunch is available from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and includes a choice of three menu items.

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Now playing!

11
May

Theatre

Sylvia

Salle Odyssée (Maison de la culture)

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11
May

Theatre

Le calendrier de ces dames

Théâtre de l’Île

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11
May

Music

Thomas Hellman | Rêves américains, de la ruée vers l’or à la grande crise, tome 2

Cabaret La Basoche

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11
May

Theatre

Fendre les lacs

National Arts Centre French Theatre

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11
May

Music

Chris Brown & Kate Fenner

Black Sheep Inn

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11
May

Music

Elage Mbaye

La Grande de la Gatineau

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12
May

Theatre

Sylvia

Salle Odyssée (Maison de la culture)

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12
May

Theatre

Le calendrier de ces dames

Théâtre de l’Île

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12
May

Music

Honeymoon Suite

Théâtre du Casino

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12
May

Theatre

Fendre les lacs

National Arts Centre French Theatre

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12
May

Music

Tonitruance, Yew (BEL) and Floes

Minotaure

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13
May

Theatre

Le calendrier de ces dames

Théâtre de l’Île

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13
May

Other

26 lettres à danser

Salle Jean-Despréz

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13
May

Music

Isabelle Boulay | En vérité

Salle Odyssée (Maison de la culture)

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13
May

Music

Shawn Tavenier & Silver Creek

Black Sheep Inn

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14
May

Other

Éric Antoine | “ZE” Best Of

Salle Odyssée (Maison de la culture)

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16
May

Theatre

Le calendrier de ces dames

Théâtre de l’Île

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16
May

Music

Make-Over, Lysistrata & It It Anita

Minotaure

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17
May

Theatre

Le calendrier de ces dames

Théâtre de l’Île

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17
May

Comedy

Yves P. Pelletier | Moi?

Maison de la culture de la Vallée-de-la-Gatineau

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17
May

Music

Matthew Barber in Concert with special guest Joshua Hyslop

Black Sheep Inn

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