The Outaouais on horseback
Riding proudly through the valleys of the Outaouais on the back of a large white horse, with the wind in your hair and a smile on your face, gives you an indescribable sense of freedom. And you can find it at the many equestrian centres in the region. What’s more, you don’t have to be an experienced rider: several stables offer an introduction to horseback riding before you go galloping away! Here are four places where you can hop into the saddle with confidence.
Captiva Farms: The largest horseback riding farm in Eastern Canada
Captiva Farms is located near Wakefield in the Collines-de-l’Outaouais. The largest equestrian centre in Eastern Canada, it’s home to over 60 horses, which can stretch their legs on 450 acres of land. Young and old alike will enjoy all the activities offered, including pony rides (for ages 3+), farm visits, private parties, riding lessons, and rides for all levels. Enjoy a safe and fun outing for the whole family.
189 De la Montagne Rd., Wakefield (Quebec)
Don’t forget to call at least 24 hours ahead to reserve your activity.
Equita Ranch: Scenic rides
At Equita Ranch, you’ll be immersed in a world dedicated 100% to horses. In the heart of the Collines-de-l’Outaouais, spend the day (or even the night!) on an enchanting site and discover buildings dating back to the early 20th century. Saddle up and head out into the countryside, ride around a sandy lake and soak up the panoramic scenery. Equita Ranch offers accredited riding lessons, pony rides, a farm tour and children’s parties. Great adventures await you!
838 De la Source SR, Cantley (Quebec)
U-Nick Stable: Canadian horse breeder
Located on Pink Road in Gatineau, U-Nick Stable is both an equestrian centre and a Canadian horse breeder. Canadian horses are known for their strength, sensitivity and intelligence, as well as their physical abilities. Offering lessons, excursions, sleigh rides and a boutique, it’s the perfect place to learn to ride or to perfect your equestrian skills.
636 Pink Rd., Gatineau (Quebec)
Ranch El Pequeno: Equestrian paradise in Petite Nation
Established in Petite Nation 35 years ago, Ranch El Pequeno will delight children and parents alike. With its indoor arena and specialized lessons, it’s the perfect place to create lasting memories with horses.
850 Rt. 321, Papineauville (Quebec)
Whether it’s an hour-long adventure or a lifelong love affair, horseback riding in the Outaouais is an unforgettable experience. Besides spending time with adorable horses, you get to enjoy our beautiful scenery.
And if by chance you’re more of a dog lover, here are some activities to do with your four-legged friend in the Outaouais.