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

Published on September 2 2021

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.

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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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