The Outaouais, your winter destination

Published on January 6 2022

In the Outaouais, we make the most of every winter day! The region’s immense territory is the perfect playground for memorable outdoor adventures. With family and friends or as a couple, come play in the snow and practise your favourite winter sports. Its all here—the only thing missing is you! 

Blessed peace at the Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve

Visit the Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve and discover amazingly beautiful wilderness landscapes. With over 100km of marked trails, the reserve is known for its long-distance hiking routes. Enjoy the unique experience of sleeping in a shelter in the middle of nature, alongside the trails. Without running water, the rustic accommodations are accessible on cross-country skis or snowshoes, by fatbike or on foot.

Where

Réserve faunique de Papineau-Labelle, (Québec)

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The Eco-Odyssée Nature Park water maze... on skates!


This winter, lace up your skates and discover the Eco-Odyssée water maze in Wakefield! Young and old alike can glide along the frozen canals that run through the marshes, forests and fields. In the evening, the trails are illuminated for an even more enchanting experience. So make the most of it!

Where

52 Les Sources Rd., La Pêche

Good to know

Reservations are required for skating in the maze. If you plan to go in the evening, a headlamp is recommended.

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A sleepover at the Parc des Montagnes Noires de Ripon

The Parc des Montagnes Noires de Ripon is a winter paradise for active families. Besides going snow biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tobogganing, you can spend the night here! Book a rustic cabin equipped with a wood stove, and extend your stay in the mountains. Why not try a new activity such as Austrian sledging or Hok skiing? A range of sports equipment can be rented on site.

Where

39 de la Montagne-Noire Rd., Ripon

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Rediscover Gatineau Park


Are you keen to try a new trail this winter? Whether youre going cross-country skiing, snow biking, hiking or snowshoeing, the interactive map is your guide! Recognized as one of North Americas largest ski networks, Gatineau Park has a lot to offer. With over 250kilometres of winter trails to explore, every day is different!

Where

33 Scott Rd., Chelsea

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Winter fun at Kenauk Nature

What could be more enjoyable than playing in the snow, then relaxing by the fire in a beautiful 5-star cottage? Treat yourself to an unforgettable stay at Kenauk Nature, one of the largest private nature reserves in North America. The possibilities are almost endless: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, ice climbing, dog sledding, and more! Halfway between Montreal and Ottawa, its the perfect place to enjoy winter as a couple or with family.

Where

1000 Kenauk Rd., Montebello

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Go adventuring with Aventure Hélianthe

Explore the magnificent Davidson Forest with its stands of white pine and white-tailed deer yards. Aventure Hélianthe will provide you with an experience unlike any other. Choose among its one-day and multi-day packages (ranging from introductory sessions to extreme expeditions) and discover the joys of winter camping and snowshoeing. A total change of scene in the heart of the Pontiac!

Where

314 Principale St., Mansfield-et-Pontefract

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So many winter adventures to experience! What’s more, with the Experience Outaouais+ platform, you can book a winter getaway without breaking the bank. Simply choose from a wide variety of packages or create your own to match your preferences. Quebec residents can even save 35% on their trip thanks to the Explore Québec discount.

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Winter will be over before you know it. Dress warmly, we’re going out for a breath of fresh air!

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