Outaouais’s 10 activities to try this summer!
If you are like me and you do the exact same thing each summer (mostly tan et go for a swim), you will need this list! Here are 10 new activities that I can not wait to try this summer in the Outaouais region. Will you join me?
For outdoor sports lovers!
If you love great landscapes like me, you will love Kenauk Nature! This summer, you and 3 of your friends can stay in a yurt on the edge of a stream. If you are looking for a romantic getaway weekend, I suggest the new Les Rapides chalet. The place is cozy and has heated floors (a personal favorite)!
Kenauk Nature is reopening its fish hatchery which produces approximately 25 tons of rainbow, speckled and brown trout annually to stock the lakes. Also choose your hike amongst 50 km (soon to be 100km trail) in North America’s oldest nature reserve, try clay pigeon shooting, axe throwing, and in the evening, relax in a floating sauna. There is nothing more to say, you should absolutely visit this charming place this summer!
Starting mid-June, Auberge Majopial is opening a new cottage with six luxurious bedrooms. Each room has a balcony with a view on the lake. You will love this oasis of calm and serenity. Located on the shores of Thirty-One-Mile Lake, Village Majopial also offers paddleboard, yoga classes, hiking and much more!
Don’t forget to stop and enjoy a good meal at the restaurant L’Huile d’Olive, a must for its good food and wine! Did you know? L’Huile d’Olive is one of the 10 favorite restaurants of Outaouais residents!
Capital Cable Park
We are now going to the Pontiac region to meet Capital Cable Park: the first cable wakeboarding park in Canada’s Capital Region.
Marvel fans can live their Iron Man fantasy and be propelled by water jets under their feet! The company also offers jetsurfing, a motorized surfboard that could go up to 60 km/h! If you prefer to try something more relaxing, don’t worry, Capital Cable Park also has something for you too: a floating tiki bar.
Entreprises Carpe Diem
There is a new business that will open its doors in Gracefield this summer: Carpe Diem. They offer outdoor packages if you want to go biking, boating or canoeing. You can rent all the equipment, accommodation, and take advantage of meal services and luggage transport! The only thing missing is your family and your smile!
Will you be their first client?
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For food and cocktails lovers!
Artists in Residence
Fan of distilled beverages? You will want to taste and discover fine spirits produced by the first craft micro distillery in the Outaouais, Artists in Residence! Their gin will be sold at SAQ in June, and their Vodkalight, a calorie-reduced vodka made with local ingredients, will be launched in September.
If you are impatient to try it, Artist in Residence team offers guided tours and tastings by appointment in their ultramodern facilities located in Gatineau.
You probably already know the Chelsea Pub, which is super popular in our region. This is why the pub is being renovated to add 100 more seats upstairs! This new space is perfect for a reception, anniversary, conference or anything else you want. If you haven’t visited the Chelsea Pub yet, I am telling you: get in your car RIGHT NOW and go. I promise you won’t regret it!
For a trip with your family!
Au feel de l’eau electric Aqua-Taxi
I LOVE boating in the summer! Temperature is always perfect, and there are no flies while the boat is on the move. If you are anything like me, you should take a ride on the Au feel de l’eau electric Aqua-Taxi. This year, they added a new stop on Richmond Landing to service visitors going to the Canadian War Museum, and to stop for a drink at the Mill Street Brew Pub.
In the evening, the Au feel de l’eau rides up to the Casino du Lac-Leamy. Have you ever watched the Casino in the evening? Believe me, the view from the boat it’s awesome!
Finally, the company offers a Aqua-Taxi and Mosaiculture Gatineau 2018 package with a 10$ discount.
Mosaïculture Gatineau 2018
Mosaïculture Gatineau is returning to Jacques-Cartier Park in the summer of 2018. The exhibition organized by Mosaïcultures internationales de Montréal is the largest horticultural event in Canada. You will recognize spectacular sculptures that bring together many forms of art: sculpture, painting and horticulture, and discover new ones, more impressive than ever.
Last year, Mosaïcultures Gatineau welcomed 1.3 million visitors. Will you be part of them this year? Grand opening on June 22nd.
Wonders of Sand
Kids and adults will adore our next activity! In 2018, Wonders of Sand is moving from Lac Beauchamp to the streets of Old Gatineau! Between July 6 and July 8, the festival will be held in the schoolyard of École de l’Odyssée on Magnus Street, and on a section of Main Street. On this year’s menu: a 600-foot water slide, soapbox races, exhibitions and the annual sand carving competition.
Canada’s Parliament guided tours
I am always looking forward to a visit to the Parliament of Canada’s Center Block. Plus, this year is your last chance to visit the Centre Block as it will close to the public as the building will undergo a ten years rehabilitation. Ten years!
But don’t worry, even if the Center Block is closed, you can still get guided tours in two new sites: West Block, the interim home of the House of Commons, and the Government Conference Centre, the temporary home of the Senate.
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