How to enjoy THE perfect couple day in the Outaouais!

Published on March 5 2020 - Sponsored

Sometimes taking a break and hanging out with your loved one for a day is just what you need. Treat yourself to quality time in the Outaouais by combining all the elements of a successful couple’s day: an outdoor activity, a cultural visit, and a fine gourmet meal accompanied by a glass of wine. Go enjoy your day, you’ll thank us later!

📸 : National Capital Commission


An outdoor adventure!

To start the day off right, there’s nothing like outdoor exercise to burn off some energy and fill up on fresh air. Head to the Relais plein air in Gatineau Park for a little snowshoeing (or cross-country skiing if Mother Nature still allows). Spending a morning together in the heart of nature is the perfect way to disconnect! You don’t own snowshoes, skis or a fat bike, or you just want to travel light? No problem: the Relais plein air rents equipment at very reasonable rates!

Café des Sentiers
Café des Sentiers

When it’s time to rest and recharge, take a break at the Relais plein air’s Café des Sentiers. The menu features perfect lunch options, including hearty soups, gourmet sandwiches and delicious pastries for your sweet tooth. Plus, you can enjoy your lunch by the fireplace, and top it off with a nice latte!

National Gallery of Canada
National Gallery of Canada

Discovery time!

It’s time to move on to the cultural portion of this perfect couple’s day. Put on your street clothes and make your way to the National Gallery of Canada! Spend the afternoon exploring the special exhibitions and permanent collection, admiring works that tell rich stories, and strolling through the various galleries showcasing the building’s architecture. With more than 75,000 works on display, you’re in for a treat! Happy hour will come quickly, and that’s a good thing, because the National Gallery’s Tapas Bar 7 offers a fine wine list and a tapas menu inspired by the flavours of the world and the seasons. Take a little gourmet break in an extraordinary setting. Cheers!

Rustiek - Taverne Gastronomique
Rustiek - Taverne Gastronomique

A delicious conclusion!

Because a day as a sweetheart worthy of the name should always end with a good meal! The Rustiek gastropub offers a menu that, as the restaurant’s name implies, combines bistro-inspired classics with upscale gourmet touches. Attention to detail and a preference for products sourced from local farms are at the heart of the values upheld by the Rustiek team! The flavour combinations are creative, sometimes surprising, but always elegant and enjoyable. The wine and craft beer list is worth the trip, and the warm and intimate atmosphere also deserves a mention. Need I add that it’s the perfect place for dinner with your soulmate?


You need a whole weekend to relax with your significant other? Check out the idyllic winter experience offered by the Fairmont Le Château Montebello!

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