100 activities to put on your bucket list for an amazing winter! 

Published on December 21 2023

This winter, theres going to be some action! Here are 100 activities to put on your bucket list for an unforgettable winter. On your own, with family and friends or as a couple, theres something for everyone! Will you make it through the list before spring arrives?

Your winter bucket list

100 activities to enjoy in the Outaouais

1. Experience the Aufguss ritual at Nordik Spa-Nature.
2. Visit the wolf observation area at Parc Omega.
3. Try clay pigeon shooting at Kenauk Nature.
4. Rent winter sports equipment at Sport Échange Outaouais.
5. Eat fudge at the Wakefield Confectionery.
6. Browse the region’s Christmas markets.
7. Go dashing through the snow on a dogsled.
8. Walk the illuminated trail at Chutes Coulonge Adventure Park.
9. Enjoy an evening of board games with friends at Pärlé – Bistro ludique.
10. Take downhill ski or snowboard lessons at the Camp Fortune Snow School. 

11. Eat a BeaverTail pastry as you stroll through the ByWard Market.
12. Book a wine tasting with sommelière Véronique Rivest at Soif Bar à vin.
13. Tour local microbreweries with Aventure Outaouais.
14. Venture deep underground in the Laflèche Cave, the largest visited cave in the Canadian Shield, to admire the ice stalactites and stalagmites.
15. Stroll along Confederation Boulevard to admire the hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights during the Winter Lights Across Canada event.
16. Try bouldering at Klimat.
17. Try ice fishing at Kenauk Nature outfitters.
18. Challenge your family to a toboggan race in the sliding corridors at the Snowflake Kingdom.
19. Taste the wine at Little Red Wagon Winery.
20. Have Sunday brunch at Bistro Coqlicorne.

21. Dance the night away at Club Aléa.
22. Go cross-country skiing in Gatineau Park, which boasts one of the most extensive trail networks in North America.
23. Plan a day of family downhill skiing at Centre Vorlage.
24. Take a guided tour of the Royal Canadian Mint and learn how currency is made.
25. Discover fatbiking at Le Harfang Fatbike & Snowshoes.
26. Book a session in the pressotherapy lounge at Huma Spa – Rooftop Spa.
27. Go snow tubing at Domaine de l’Ange-Gardien.
28. Plan a mixology party with friends with products from Artist in Residence distillery.
29. Invite friends over for dinner cooked by a chef from Sushi à la maison.
30. Cross from Arnprior, Ontario to Bristol, Quebec on the interprovincial snowmobile bridge, the world’s longest snowmobile bridge. 

31. Try your luck at the slot machines at the Casino du Lac-Leamy.
32. Discover the unique collection of Canadian dinosaur fossils at the Canadian Museum of Nature.
33. Ski or snowboard the highest vertical in the Outaouais at Mont Ste-Marie.
34. Create your own cheese and charcuterie platter with products from the Fromagerie Montebello.
35. Go snowshoeing in Mont Morissette Regional Park and climb the observation tower to admire the panoramic view of Blue Sea Lake and the surrounding area.
36. Learn all about the Cold War at the Canadian War Museum.
37. Rent a cottage with friends at Camps touristiques la Pointe à David outfitter.
38. Treat yourself to a chocolate fondue at Chocolats Favoris.
39. Discover one of the world’s largest collections of Indigenous and Canadian art at the National Gallery of Canada.
40. Spend the night in a yurt at Borefüge and observe the stars.

41. Visit Le Brasse-Camarade specialty corner store and organize a craft beer tasting with friends.
42. Drink hot chocolate at Biscotti & cie.
43. Try out some freestyle moves in the Sommet Edelweiss Snoprk, one of the best module parks in the Outaouais.
44. Visit the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the world’s only working farm in the heart of a capital city.
45. Watch an IMAX movie in the CINÉ+ theatre at the Canadian Museum of History.
46. Explore the trails at the Centre de plein-air du Lac-Leamy on foot, on cross-country skis or on snowshoes.
47. Design your own banknote at the Bank of Canada Museum.
48. Go axe-throwing at the VR82 Virtual Reality Arcade.
49. Take the family on a simulated plane ride at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.
50. Enjoy a live show at Café Downtown. 

51. Visit the region’s art galleries.
52. Skate through the forest along an ice trail at Lac-des-Loups or at the Little Penguin Trail.
53. Try to keep your balance in the Crazy Kitchen at the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
54. Go shopping at Khewa and discover works by Indigenous artists.
55. Slide downhill on a rodel (Austrian sled) at the Parc des Montagnes Noires de Ripon.
56. Sleep in one of the region’s unusual accommodations.
57. Enter a cross-country ski race at the Gatineau Loppet.
58. Go for a skate on the Rideau Canal Skateway, the world’s longest skating rink.
59. Scale one of the climbing walls in the Clip ‘N Climb amusement centre at Altitude Gym.
60. Observe the white-tailed deer at the Centre touristique du Lac-Simon. 

Mathieu Dupuis
Mathieu Dupuis

61. Purchase a three- or six-month pass to the Amerispa Spa Nordique Cantley that gives you access to the baths at any time.
62. Enjoy a cocktail at the Distillerie du Square.
63. Go night skiing on one of the 15 lighted trails at Station Mont-Cascades.
64. Go to a show in the Salle Odyssée at the Maison de la culture de Gatineau.
65. Root for the Gatineau Olympiques at a hockey game at the Slush Puppie Centre.
66. Create your own painting at an ArtsyPaintNight at ARTSYKEARNS art studio.
67. Participate in the L’Outaouais brassicole initiative and visit seven local microbreweries.
68. Book a stay at Terre & Neige and relax in an outdoor wood-fired hot tub.
69. Go for a horseback ride at Captiva Farms.
70. Explore the snowshoe trails managed by the PERO – Pôle d’excellence en récréotourisme en Outaouais. 

71. Participate in the Canadian Ski Marathon.
72. Treat yourself to a gourmet meal at Les Fougères Restaurant or L’Orée du Bois.
73. Book a halotherapy (Himalayan salt) session at Kōena Spa.
74. Enjoy a drink at the outdoor bar at Nomades du Parc.
75. Sip a cocktail at Bistro la Gargouille.
76. Spend the night in a converted flour mill at the Wakefield Mill Hotel & Spa.
77. Build a snowman at the Centre de plein air du Lac-Beauchamp.
78. Enjoy plant-based food at Astoria bistro botanique.
79. Go curling at Fairmont Le Château Montebello.
80. Try winter camping with Aventure Hélianthe. 

81. Meet your favourite authors at the Salon du livre de l’Outaouais.
82. Race your friends at Top Karting.
83. Stay in a micro-chalet with a breathtaking view at Camping CarpeDiem.
84. Try Hok skiing at the Base de plein air Air-Eau-Bois outdoor centre.
85. Enjoy a meal at L’Huile d’Olive restaurant, where you can choose your bottle of wine directly from the cellar.
86. Follow animal tracks in the snow with a trapper guide at Auberge Couleurs de France.
87. Go cross-country skiing on private trails during your stay at Dômes Outaouais.
88. Tour the chocolate economuseum at ChocoMotive and stock up on sweet treats.
89. Visit Willow Lane Alpacas and fall in love with these furry creatures.
90. Bundle up and share a raclette with friends on the patio at the Chelsea Pub. 

91. Buy local products at Habitude Design and La Petite Grocerie.
92. Stock up on medicinal plants and herbal products at Apothecary – La fée des bois.
93. Eat taffy on snow at a sugar shack.
94. Go cross-country skiing at Nakkertok Nordique, the largest cross-country ski centre in Eastern Canada.
95. Take your kids on a trip around the world at the Canadian Children’s Museum.
96. Take a winter hike with your dog at Mont Morissette.
97. Plan a customized getaway in the region with Experience Outaouais.
98. Go hunting for the best pizza in the Outaouais.
99. Enjoy a multimedia show with Parliament: The immersive experience.
100. Walk or drive across the Félix Gabriel Marchand Bridge, the longest covered bridge in Quebec. 

We challenge you to complete as many activities as possible this winter! Don’t forget to share your experiences with us on social media with the hashtag #OutaouaisFun. 


For more suggestions of things to do and places to stay in the Outaouais, consult our tour routes. 

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