Enjoy a festive holiday break in the Outaouais!

Published on December 4 2020

This year’s holiday season may be different, but it will be as magical as ever! Here to inspire you are several safe activities, including a tour of a dazzling pathway of lights in Gatineau–Ottawa.

We encourage you to consult and follow your local COVID-19 safety regulations and check with attractions before visiting.

Santa Claus at Parc Omega

In December, Parc Omega welcomes Santa Claus! While respecting physical distancing measures, he will be at the park on Saturdays and Sundays to greet young visitors. You can also join the traditional elf hunt: follow the clues scattered throughout the park to try to catch them! 

Where

399 Route 323 North, Montebello

Good to know

Christmas activities take place in December.

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Christmas Lights Across Canada

For more than 35 years, visitors and residents of all ages have marvelled at the thousands of Christmas lights that brighten up Gatineau–Ottawa during the holiday season. This year will be no exception: a touch of magic will come to the capital. Follow the route along Confederation Boulevard and admire the illuminated sites: Parliament Hill, the national museums, the embassies and other landmarks, including the War Memorial, the Garden of the Provinces and Territories, and Confederation Park. And starting December 17, let yourself be dazzled by IllumiNATION! This virtual show takes you on a magical cross-Canada journey that will amaze young and old alike.

When

November 30 to January 7, every evening from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Good to know

An artistic light installation makes its appearance on Parliament Hill this year. Entre les rangs, a sensory stroll through an urban field, is a new addition to the pathway of lights!

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Chutes Coulonge Park

Every evening at dusk, the trees in Chutes Coulonge Park light up. In the heart of the Pontiac wilderness, stroll along a historic trail that offers a Christmas-themed sound and light experience. The whole family will enjoy warming up by the bonfire … and sipping the hot chocolate!

Where

100 Promenade du Parc-des-Chutes, Mansfield-et-Pontefract

When

December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27 from 5 to 10 p.m.

Cost

Adults $10, seniors $6, children age 6–17 $6. Free for children 5 and under.

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Family board games to discover at L’As des jeux

A board game under the tree? Children and teens will love it! L’As des jeux helps you choose THE game or games that will liven up your pajama days or your festive evenings. Choose among the latest games or pick a classic like Monopoly. Cooperative games are popular: consider Une patate à vélo (A Potato on a Bike, for ages 3 and up), Zombie Teens Evolution (ages 8 and up) or Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle (ages 10 and up). Can’t decide? Then consider the 2020 Mega Party Kit, a family-friendly assortment of fun games that can even be played on Zoom!

Good to know

Online boutique and local delivery within 24 hours!

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Wines from the Little Red Wagon Winery

Toast the holidays with P’tit blanc, P’tit rouge and P’tit rosé, three Pontiac wines! These original products from the Little Red Wagon Winery, made from locally grown northern grape varieties, will make your taste buds dance. They’re a real pleasure for the eyes as well: the labels are designed by the owner, Jennifer Dale. Ideal as a gift or to accompany those special holiday moments.

Where

165-C Du Calumet Road West, Clarendon

Good to know

You can make your selection online, then make an appointment to pick up your order.

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Skating through the forest at Lac des Loups

Take advantage of a sunny morning to visit the scenic skating rink at Lac des Loups. A three-kilometre natural ice trail through the forest awaits you, less than 45 minutes from Gatineau. You can lace up your skates in a heated chalet, and stop at the many rest areas along the trail to observe the birds and squirrels. An enchanting site to discover!

Where

9 Montée Beausoleil, Lac des Loups

When

Open daily from 9 a.m. to sunset. When the temperature is above 0° C, please check the home page for details, as the site may be closed.

Good to know

Free for children 5 and under. On-site activities: snowshoeing, walking and skating.

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Village Majopial

For a romantic getaway or a family vacation in an enchanting setting, consider Village Majopial! Just 90 minutes from downtown, this tourist village is located on the shores of majestic Thirty-One-Mile Lake in the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau. You can stay in a cottage, a luxurious room at the Minitik Inn, or a suite at the Regional Park’s Inn. In the heart of the village is the popular L’Huile d’Olive restaurant, where fine cuisine and friendly atmosphere come together.

Where

353 Montée du lac des 31 Milles, Bouchette

Good to know

Hiking and snowshoeing trails are accessible directly from Village Majopial.

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We’re curious: what traditional activities do you and your family like to do over the holidays? Now that we’ve got the activities all lined up, let’s move on to the menu! Discover holiday recipes shared by Outaouais chefs, and recreate these festive delights in your own kitchen!

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