Where to go sliding in the Outaouais: Our top 5
You swear by the crazy carpet, but your children complain that their butts hurt after three runs? This winter, try tube sliding! Comfortably seated on large inner tubes, you’ll zoom down the slopes of the Outaouais at top speed. The whole family will enjoy this activity, which requires no special skills but provides maximum fun! Here are five exceptional sliding sites to discover in the region.
100% sliding at Domaine de l’Ange-Gardien
A tube sliding hill 15 minutes from Gatineau? This paradise exists, and it will please young and old alike! Domaine de l’Ange-Gardien will blow your mind with its eight trails for all ages and all levels. Rack up the runs thanks to the chairlift, and have no fear, the slopes are supervised for optimal safety. Spend a whole day in an enchanting setting, at an affordable price. Bonus: on Saturday evenings the slopes are lighted, and the cafeteria offers a sugar–shack takeout menu!
1031 Pierre-Laporte Road, L’Ange-Gardien
Fridays (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Saturdays (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Sundays (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Open daily during spring break.
You can buy tickets online. A limited number of tickets are also available at the hill, on a first come, first served basis.
Sommet Edelweiss at top speed
You’ll be the king (or the queen) of the mountain at Edelweiss! This downhill ski centre has an outstanding tube sliding park with four beautiful slopes and a mechanical lift, plus state-of-the-art facilities. Hop aboard one of their brightly coloured tubes and get set for a few exhilarating runs in the heart of the Collines-de-l’Outaouais.
538 Edelweiss Road, Wakefield
Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Age 6 and under — $15.99 + tax | Age 7–12 — $25.99 + tax | Age 13+ — $28.99 + tax
Online reservations are required. Plan ahead!
Tubing and sledding at the Parc des Montagnes Noires in Ripon
Besides all the outdoor activities on offer at Ripon’s Parc des Montagnes Noires, why not try its huge snow park? From the Stéphane-Richer chalet, you can access three tube sliding runs that are perfect for the whole family. As well, if you crave an adrenaline rush, there are two trails for different types of sleds. Take a few minutes to admire the Petite Nation landscape from the top of the observation tower, and check out the Mont Grand-Pic lookout.
39 Montagne-Noire Road, Ripon
The park is open daily from dawn to dusk. The chalet is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free for Riponnais passholders. For residents of the Papineau RCM: Infant/toddler: Free Child: $3 Adult: $6 Family: $17 | For non-residents: Infant/toddler: Free Child: $4 Adult: $8 Family: $20 | Equipment rental Single tube $3/day Family tube $10/day Austrian sled (per person) $10/half day, $15/full day
Sliding and white-tailed deer at the Centre touristique du Lac-Simon
Recapture your childhood on the slopes of the Centre touristique du Lac-Simon! Set between lake and forest, the resort welcomes you for a host of winter activities, including the ever-popular tube sliding. It’s not uncommon to come across white-tailed deer—there are literally thousands of them in Duhamel. With a beautiful view of the mountains, take a seat on your inner tube and build some unforgettable memories for the whole family!
1216 Principale Street, Duhamel
Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A day pass is $8 (tax included) for adults, free for children 17 and under.
You don’t need a reservation, but it’s a good idea to call the reception desk at 819-428-7931 to check the capacity on the day you plan to visit.
Family-friendly atmosphere at Lac Beauchamp
For fun, family-friendly sliding, Lac Beauchamp Park is ideal, with several slopes set in the heart of nature. Covering more than 200 hectares, this urban park has over 15 km of trails (cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking) and a large skating rink. Have fun observing the many birds and deer that roam the park. The kids will love it!
741 Maloney Blvd. East, Gatineau
The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The welcome centre is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Parking and site access are free. Tube rental: $6 per hour (free with the Accès Gatineau + card).
Access to the sliding area is limited. Advance reservations (60-minute time slot) via the City of Gatineau’s citizen portal (web page in French only) are required, and a valid Accès Gatineau or Acccès Gatineau + card is required to make a reservation.
For sliding in an urban environment, visit the City of Gatineau’s citizen portal (web page in French only), which lists all the city spots equipped for lovers of crazy carpets, toboggans and tubes.
Keep in mind that sliding carries a risk of injury. Please wear a helmet, climb up the sides of the slopes, and never venture into a closed area.
During these wild descents, is your dog also eager to play in the snow? Discover several places where your canine companion is welcome, and plan your next outdoor adventure with your dog!