Team building amid the fall colours

Published on September 13 2023

The changing autumn colours usher in a new atmosphere and a golden opportunity to get together in nature for a planning session, a team retreat or a rewarding team-building activity. From rustic cabins at an outdoor centre to ultra-modern lofts, youll find the perfect venue conveniently close to downtown Gatineau–Ottawa. Read on to learn about some Outaouais venues that bring people together. 

Kenauk Nature

For a planning session or team retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city, escape to one of North America’s largest private nature reserves. Combining luxury and comfort, Kenauk Nature offers 22 eco-friendly chalets that can sleep up to 20 people. You’ll be delighted by these inviting spaces that inspire reflection and creativity. Want to share a culinary experience with your colleagues? Include a gourmet catering from Signé Toqué restaurant to Kenauk Nature for a complete culinary experience.

Renowned for its well-preserved private lakes and lush vegetation, Kenauk Nature offers a wide range of outdoor team-building activities. From clay pigeon shooting and hiking to outdoor climbing and water sports, there’s no shortage of options for building team spirit. 


1000 Kenauk Road, Montebello

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Located 1 hour from Gatineau–Ottawa and 90 minutes from Montréal. | For outdoor events, the Poisson Blanc shelter can accommodate 100 people.

Manoir de la Forêt

The elegant Manoir de la Forêt is nestled in a maple forest 20 minutes from downtown Gatineau–Ottawa. The main room, the Oak Room, is ideal for your next team retreat or corporate meeting. Celebrate your business successes in this rustic, light-filled space that can accommodate up to 80 people. Two other rooms are available for smaller groups. Book the large outdoor terrace for your event or take a coffee break. Admire the natural beauty all around you and make the most of your planning session! 

Manoir de la Forêt will coordinate your experience throughout, from the planning stage to the final minutes of your event. You’ll love the 13 tastefully decorated rooms, and the meals prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients, including several vegetarian options. During your stay, explore the hiking trails or gather round the campfire at dusk. 


32 River Road, Cantley

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Located 20 minutes from Gatineau–Ottawa. | Guests have access to a 12-hectare (29-acre) forest.

Old Chelsea Square

Businesspeople are flocking to the trendy establishments of Old Chelsea Square. Discover the perfect balance of nature and upmarket accommodation in the heart of the quaint village of Chelsea. For a short break or a multi-day stay during your planning session, the Lofts du Village hotel has 21 lofts with kitchen access as well as 9 studios. Each modern unit has a lounge area, desk, TV, outdoor coffee corner and bathroom. A meeting room for up to 14 people is also available. Within walking distance, explore the beautiful trails of Gatineau Park, visit La Petite Grocerie or relax at Nordik Spa-Nature. 

Give your meetings a gourmet touch! Catering is available from Biscotti & cie café and restaurant. For casual gatherings, the Chelsea Pub will have you drooling with its gastropub-style cuisine and wide selection of fine cocktails and craft beers. The restaurant has a private room for meetings and team parties, as well as an outdoor terrace. Stay tuned: you’ll soon be able to book the event space at the new Distillerie du Square and sample local spirits! 


2 & 8 Padden Road, Chelsea

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Located 10 minutes from Gatineau–Ottawa. | 5-minute walk to Nordik Spa-Nature. | 2-minute walk to Gatineau Park. | Near Nomade du Parc, Camp Fortune and Yoga Chelsea | The Distillerie du Square is scheduled to open on December 1, 2023.

Grange de la Gatineau

Let the rich history and unique atmosphere of the Grange de la Gatineau inspire your corporate event. Built in 1819 as a pioneer barn, this ancestral log building immerses you in a pastoral setting. Inside is the Great Hall, which can accommodate up to 50 people. In this elegant room with a cathedral ceiling, you’ll find everything you need to host or facilitate, including audio-visual equipment. For smaller gatherings, there are adjoining rooms that are equally comfortable and rustic. 

For a turnkey experience, the facility offers a catering service with a sophisticated menu. After a productive day and a meal, stroll through the beautiful outdoor gardens or enjoy a drink in front of the fireplace. Breathe in the fresh air and stretch your legs as you gaze out at the Gatineau River. 


80 Summer Road, Cantley

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Just 20 minutes from downtown Gatineau–Ottawa. | Overnight accommodation available nearby.

Base de plein air Air-Eau-Bois

The Base de plein air Air-Eau-Bois is the perfect place to get away from it all, and its rustic setting is ideal for a wide range of team-building activities. Strengthen your bonds with your teammates and go on an unforgettable adventure in the forest or on magnificent Poisson Blanc Lake. Follow 15 kilometres of trails, climb a natural rock face, test your ziplining ability and archery skills, and much more! 

After your exhilarating activities, gather around the campfire to review your team’s skills and abilities. Book the West and/or East section of the group accommodation, each with a full kitchen and living room. Spend the night in this 10-bedroom dormitory, which can accommodate up to 36 people. You’ll leave refreshed and ready to embark on an innovative new project that will make your business shine! 


32 Chemin de la Base de Plein Air, Denholm

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Suitable for groups of 10 to 200 people. | Located 60 minutes from Gatineau–Ottawa.


To discover more places where you can host an event in the Outaouais or to request a quote, visit our Meetings & Conventions page.



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