What's on in the Outaouais October 11-17
It’s the Thanksgiving long weekend! It’s the season of harvest, fall colours, new wool sweaters, and quality time spent with turkeys and alpacas!
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
GRANDE BRADERIE DE MODE QUÉBÉCOISE
The must-attend event for fall fashionistas is back. Shop samples and overstock items from some 50 Quebec designers at the Grande Braderie (which roughly translates as “giant garage sale”). More than 70 labels will be represented, and you can save 50% to 80% off regular prices.
Hilton Lac-Leamy, 3 Du Casino Blvd., Gatineau
October 10 to 12. Thursday – 5 to 9 p.m., Friday – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
THE GLORY OF AUTUMN
Go play outside—that’s an order! Autumn celebrations are in full swing in various places around the region. In addition to the NCC’s popular Fall Rhapsody in Gatineau Park, we suggest a scenic hike at the Duhamel en couleurs fall festival. Explore the various circuits of the Route des Zingues, one of the most beautiful sections of the Quebec National Trail. Also in Petite-Nation, the municipality of Ripon presents the 28th annual Bal des citrouilles (Pumpkin Ball)! Meet local craftspeople and producers while the kids go for a pony ride and pet the farm animals. Swing by Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette and the Ferme le Moment présent, where you’ll find some of the cuuuuuutest animals on the planet, right up there with otters and quokkas. Further west, the Cascades Colourfest at Mont Cascades offers the most stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. More fall suggestions? Don’t forget it’s also apple season!
Celebrate Algonquin culture at the Gatineau Park Visitors Centre. Anishinabe Nibin, or “Algonquin summer,” is a great opportunity to learn more about the traditional Algonquin way of life and see artisans at work, including Daniel (Pinock) Smith, who builds traditional birchbark canoes.
33 Scott Road, Chelsea
October 12 & 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
THANKSGIVING WEEKEND AT THE FARM
Celebrate the harvest at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. See farm machinery on display, meet the Museum’s turkeys (alive and well !), and sample tasty recipes made with fall produce. There will be demonstrations and workshops, including one on how to make reusable beeswax food wraps.
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, 901 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa
October 12 to 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PONTIAC COUNTY WINE & CIDER TOUR
Taste the fruits of the vine and the orchard on this gourmet tour of the Pontiac. The 6-hour excursion includes stops at Domaine de Pontiac Village Winery and Antique Car Museum, Coronation Hall Cider Mills, and Little Red Wagon Winery and art studio.
Bus leaves from Carlingwood Shopping Centre, Ottawa
October 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Looking for more ideas? Consult the event calendar on our Facebook page!