What's on in the Outaouais January 24-30

Published on January 21 2020

The cold is no excuse to stay indoors! Here are some fun outdoor activities to try this week in the Outaouais.

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

IN DUHAMEL

There’s a lot going on in the Petite Nation this weekend, especially around Duhamel. The annual Féeries du chevreuil winter festival offers a ton of activities, including ice fishing, sleigh rides, snowshoeing and karaoke. On Saturday, as part of the 4th annual Sépaq Winter Day, the Centre touristique du Lac-Simon will open its doors to the public free of charge, and visitors will receive a day pass for a subsequent visit. (Quantities are limited.)

Where

January 24–26

Good to know

Bring your fishing permit for the ice fishing activity.

CLASSIQUE KENAUK NATURE

The Outaouais is home to one of North America’s largest private nature reserves, and you’re invited to discover it on cross-country skis! The Classique Kenauk Nature is a non-timed ski race over three distances: 20, 40 or 65 km. Follow in the tracks of Jackrabbit Johanssen!

Where

70 Route 323, Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix

When

January 24 & 25

Cost

Registration starts at $45. Fee includes a T-shirt, refreshments, a post-race meal, and supervision and safety on the course.

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PAKWAUN

The town of Maniwaki hosts the 48th edition of its popular Pakwaun winter festival, a lively community celebration where all are welcome! The official opening is on Friday. Come enjoy a glass of caribou, warm up by the bonfire, and dance at the Bal du Siffleux (Groundhog Ball)! Things start up again again at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and there’s fun for the whole family, with sliding, a costume contest, introduction to curling, an Indigenous village, craft sales, a kitchen party and more.

Where

Various locations in Maniwaki

When

January 24–26

Cost

Free

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HAPPY HOUR AT THE RELAIS PLEIN AIR

Are you an outdoor enthusiast looking for kindred spirits? You’re invited to happy hour at the Relais plein air, where you’re likely to find some! Come celebrate the results of the January 25 snow bike races, and toast the upcoming official weekend of the 2020 Gatineau Loppet!

Where

Relais plein air, 397 De la Cité-des-Jeunes Blvd., Gatineau

When

Thursday, January 30 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Cost

Free

Good to know

Please confirm your attendance by purchasing a (free) ticket on line. Don’t delay—space is limited!

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WINTERLUDE

The countdown has begun, and the National Capital Region’s big winter celebration starts soon! Are you ready? Winterlude offers a rich and diverse program of events. The Rideau Canal Skateway is open at last, the BeaverTails and hot chocolate are ready and waiting, and let’s not forget the many cultural and sports activities. If you get chilly, you can warm up by hugging your favourite member of the Ice Hog family!

Where

Ottawa and Gatineau

When

January 31 to February 17

Cost

Free

Learn more

Looking for more ideas for winter fun? Check out our suggestions for indoor family activities,  our bucket list for the best winter ever or our Facebook page!

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