Road trip in the Outaouais: Gourmet stops you won’t want to miss!

Published on September 2 2021 - Updated on July 19 2022

By car, van or motorbike, travel the roads of the Outaouais, from Petite Nation to the Pontiac, and avoid being caught unprepared when hunger strikes. With or without a set itinerary, our gourmet stops are definitely worth the detour! Here are some mouthwatering suggestions for your next road trip in the Outaouais.

Petite Nation: Accessible and charming

Start your journey in Petite Nation—more precisely, in the charming village of Montebello, right on Highway 148. Along Notre-Dame Street, you’ll find everything you need to satisfy your hunger and stock up on goodies. 

Learn all about cheese making at the Fromagerie Montebello while you sample a tasting platter. One variety you must try is the Adoray—you’ll see why it’s called that!

Just a few metres away, relax in a pub setting at Bistro Montebello and order from a delicious daily menu featuring local Petite Nation products. 

Still on Notre-Dame Street, Les Brasseurs de Montebello microbrewery invites you to take a break and enjoy a good brew from their selection of beers, whose names pay tribute to the territory’s history and landscape. 

Conclude your visit to Montebello and Notre-Dame Street at ChocoMotive, an artisanal chocolate factory located in the old Montebello train station. Taste their chocolate delights and watch the chocolate makers at work!

Gatineau: Urban and diverse

From Highway 50 towards downtown, take the Allumettières exit and visit the Outaouais’ first microbrewery, Les Brasseurs du Temps. In addition to a magnificent terrace, it features a beer museum and a gourmet menu! 

Looking for the best poutine ever? Head to the corner of Montclair and Saint-Joseph in the Hull sector, where you’ll find La Pataterie Hulloise, a snack bar that has become an Outaouais institution. Enjoy their delicious classic poutine, or let your inspiration flow and create your own! For an American- and Jamaican-inspired BBQ meal, just cross the street and check out the BBQ Shop‘s extensive menu. Jerk chicken, beef brisket and fried chicken waffles are just a few of the appetizing items on offer—and you can order a fried Mars bar to top off your meal!

In the Aylmer sector, the Potager Eardley is a good place to cool down on a hot day with a refreshing house-made sorbet, gelato or frozen yogurt. Fresh fruits and vegetables as well as a mini-farm are all the more reasons to stop by!

Pontiac: Warm and impressive

Continuing along the148, you’ll arrive in Shawville, home of Little Red Wagon Winery and its beautiful vineyard. Visit their property and taste their wines in a friendly and casual atmosphere! 

Fancy a good pizza? Head for Café Downtown in Fort-Coulonge. You’ll love its menu featuring local products, and its specialty coffees. A small stage has been set up inside the café for live evening entertainment.

Just a few steps away from Café Downtown, Bryson’s Bistro du Bûcheron at the Spruceholme Inn offers a hearty Canadian menu. We guarantee you won’t be hungry when you hit the road again!

Collines-de-l’Outaouais: Rustic and vibrant

From Gatineau, take Route 105 or Highway 5 towards Old Chelsea Square. 

Take a break from the road at Biscotti & cie, where you can enjoy delicious sandwiches and pastries and divine coffees in the mezzanine or in the small outdoor garden.

A few steps away, the Chelsea Pub offers a gastropub-style menu with such classics as poutines, burgers, nachos and a great selection of craft beers that will please all your co-pilots or fellow travelers!

Continue your journey on Highway 5 towards Wakefield. In this picturesque village, pause on Riverside Road to admire the view of the famous covered bridge, and then eat on the patio of the Nikosi Bistro & Pub, which specializes in traditional cuisine with an Indigenous twist.

Vallée-de-la-Gatineau: Peaceful and welcoming

On Route 105, head for Bouchette! Turn off the main road to get to L’Huile d’Olive, the gourmet restaurant in the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau that’s well worth a visit. Located in the heart of the Village Majopial tourist resort, this restaurant has everything to please: an impressive wine cellar, fresh seasonal menus, outstanding hospitality, and a spectacular view of Thirty-One-Mile Lake.

Back on Route 105, stop in Maniwaki at Pub Rabaska in the Auberge du Draveur, where you’ll find an upbeat atmosphere and a classic pub menu.


Are you spending a few days in Gatineau during your road trip and would like to try more than one restaurant? The foodie in you will love these 10 downtown Gatineau restaurants!

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