A relaxing weekend with friends
Cooler temperatures, shorter days, the return of comfort food … There’s no doubt about it, summer is well and truly over. But with the many activities on offer in the Collines-de-l’Outaouais despite the gloomy weather, there’s no reason to be sad. To make the most of it, here are four ideas for a relaxing weekend break for you and your friends.
Relaxation means a day at the spa
A spa day in the heart of nature: it’s possible in the Outaouais at Nordik Spa-Nature and Amerispa Spa Nordique Cantley. Thermotherapy, massage therapy, facial and body treatments, a floating pool, saunas, indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, a fireplace and patios: these two establishments promise you an ultimate relaxation experience. To keep that laid-back feeling going, take advantage of their meal offer, where fine cuisine meets healthy food choices.
Relaxation means a refuge in the heart of nature
To make up for lost time, or for the simple pleasure of getting together with friends, the Collines-de-l’Outaouais offer a wide range of accommodation options in nature.
The Village Lofts offer nature lovers and sports enthusiasts visiting Gatineau Park accommodation in studio (1–2 people) or loft (2–4 people) units. After an active day, the peace and quiet of the surroundings will allow you to relax and unwind.
Do you have fond memories of a tree house you loved to play in as a child? Relive or fulfil your childhood dream with a night in a HOM Mini chalets. Built on piles, the cottages give you a treetop view of Lake McGregor. There’s no better place to breathe in the fresh air and listen to the sound of the wind in the leaves! Fully equipped kitchen, full bathroom, private hot tub, Wi-Fi, wood stove and radiant flooring are just a few of the upscale amenities you’ll find there.
The historic Les Trois Érables B&B welcomes you to a Victorian setting in the heart of Wakefield village. With its elegant dining room, majestic living room, luxurious bedrooms and beautiful gardens, this B&B has a unique cachet that will charm you. As an added bonus, you can enjoy the many activities the village has to offer: walks, hiking trails, cafes, restaurants, shops, and more!
For an upscale getaway, the Wakefield Mill Hotel & Spa is the place to go. This 4-star hotel, with a breathtaking view of MacLaren Falls, welcomes you to the enchanting setting of Gatineau Park in the village of Wakefield. An on-site spa offers a variety of relaxation options. With its impressive range of services, it’s the ideal place to leave the bustle of city life behind and recharge your batteries.
Relaxation means good food
A relaxing weekend also involves a hearty appetite. For a convivial experience, what could be better than getting together with epicurean friends over a good meal? The chefs of the Collines-de-l’Outaouais are particularly creative, and several tables stand out.
At Les Fougères, award-winning chef Yannick La Salle highlights local and seasonal Outaouais ingredients in his refined cuisine. Here, the “farm to table” trend is in the spotlight. Bring the pleasure of the table home with you by visiting the take-out section and the gourmet gift shop. Your taste buds will thank you!
A classic in the region for more than 35 years, L’Orée du Bois needs no introduction. Nestled on the edge of the woods at the entrance to Gatineau Park, the restaurant offers fine French cuisine with a regional flair. L’Orée du Bois makes a point of sourcing its ingredients from neighbouring organic farms and local producers. Our favourite: meat, poultry and fish smoked slowly over maple wood in a traditional smokehouse.
And where there’s relaxation, there’s shopping
To match the interior of your home to the autumn atmosphere, take advantage of your next outing with friends to visit craft shops. You’re sure to discover some interesting local finds.
At Chelsea’s Doozy Candle, find the perfect candle to set a relaxing mood. Some of their creations can burn for over 100 hours, so you can enjoy the comfort for a long time. Nearby, visit La Petite Grocerie and pick up a local food product, craft beer or organic wine. You’ll find great ingredients for a comforting dinner featuring local flavours. At the Galerie Old Chelsea, view an exhibit of work by ten artists from Canada’s Capital Region. You just might find the perfect piece to complete your décor. In the heart of the picturesque village of Wakefield, stop by Khewa, a boutique and art gallery that celebrates Indigenous, Métis and Inuit art and over 700 artists! With an impressive array of handcrafted products and exclusive works, you probably won’t leave empty-handed. During your visit, chat with the friendly owner, Nathalie Coutou, and learn more about the authentic Indigenous presence in the Outaouais.
From spa days to local shopping, relaxing getaways and gourmet meals, the Collines-de-l’Outaouais are packed with activities for a weekend with friends that’s all about well-being and relaxation.
For even more ideas for your next visit to the Outaouais, check out our themed tour routes—a stress-free way to enjoy every moment of your stay in our region!