What's on in the Outaouais in April
In April, we welcome the good weather with open arms. The snow gradually gives way to grass, and the brighter sun and longer days energize us. There are more opportunities to get out of the house, and we stay up later. It’s official: spring has arrived and summer will soon be here!
On a nice sunny day
The melting of the snow brings the start of hiking season. Hikers will be happy to dig their favourite pair of boots out of the closet and set out to conquer new trails. Experience the beauty of the Outaouais’ many waterfalls in spring, when the water flow is at its peak.
Hiking can also mean a camping weekend! Read up on the region’s campgrounds and reserve your site now. Book early—some campgrounds are very popular in summer.
Sunny days can give you a thirst for a good beer! Head to one of our microbreweries to relax and socialize over a cold one, or stock up on local brews to enjoy later in the comfort of your own home. Are you more of a cocktail person? No problem! Visit establishments that specialize in concocting unique and sublime beverages. Non-alcoholic options are also available to quench your thirst.
Spring is the perfect time to visit an Outaouais spa. Pamper yourself with a body treatment, a relaxing massage or a spa experience like no other, and let the calm of the Outaouais soothe you. In North America’s largest spa or on a city rooftop, enjoy the good life and find peace of mind!
Take advantage of the first warmer days to treat yourself to a little something at La Cigale ice cream shop. Let yourself be tempted by the ice cream sandwiches made with homemade biscuits, and artisanal ice cream made right in the shop. Do your best to choose among the many delicious sorbet flavours, and don’t forget to pick up a tub of ice cream to take home. There are also vegan, gluten-free and nut-free options.
On an overcast day
Spring is also a time of renewal! Why not plan a shopping trip? Browse unique boutiques as you search for your next find, or stroll through the Promenades Gatineau, a major shopping centre with over 150 stores. Tour the region’s art galleries and meet the artists behind your favourite works.
In the Outaouais, we love to have a good laugh, dance to live music, and attend thought-provoking plays. Comedy, music, theatre … With their exceptional acoustics, comfortable seats and iconic stages, the Outaouais’ performance venues have memorable evenings in store for you. And with a wide range of programming to choose from, all that’s left to do is buy your tickets to see your favourite artists!
Special Easter activities
The Easter long weekend is a great opportunity to get together and spend some quality family time over brunch. Take advantage of one of the last weekends of maple season to enjoy a traditional maple-themed meal in one of the Outaouais’ sugar shacks, or make a reservation at one of the region’s fine restaurants known for their delicious brunches.
Keep the tradition going and join the Easter Egg Hunt with your children, April 8 and 9 at the Éco des champs farm. Search for eggs with your family in a maze made of more than 200 hay bales. Get your tickets now. All egg hunters will receive a gift bag filled with products made by local artisans.
The Outaouais has several chocolate shops that will please the whole family, so you’ll be spoiled for choice. Kill two birds with one stone and encourage local businesses by sampling their chocolate delights.
Tonnes of events
From March 31 to April 2, visit the Complexe Branchaud-Brière for the second annual Salon du véhicule et loisir électrique (electric vehicle and recreation show). Attend presentations and meet car manufacturers. You can test drive an electric bicycle on an indoor track, or get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle and take it for a spin on an eight-kilometre outdoor track.
On April 1 and 2, meet local artists and artisans at the Moore Farm Spring Fair. Discover the spring arrivals and stock up on gourmet products.
Pärlé – Bistro ludique is hosting quiz nights on April 2, 16 and 30. Test your general knowledge with your partner or a group of friends. Arrive early and try the comfort food on the menu. Extend your evening by trying a new board game while sipping a drink.
On April 14, take the whole family to the Mamatinée du printemps (“Spring Mamatinee”) at the Père Arthur-Guertin community centre. Meet representatives of local businesses that cater to expectant and new parents. It’s also an opportunity to book time with professional photographers to have your family portrait taken. Dads and grandparents are welcome!
In April, Le Rituel restaurant is offering dinner/show packages with a humorous twist. On April 27, attend a performance by comedian Maxim Martin, who invites you to confront your taboos. On April 28, Silvi Tourigny takes the stage to try out her first one-woman show. Book now—tickets are selling like hotcakes!
From April 28 to 30, you’re invited to Old Aylmer to enjoy some entertaining programming at the 7th edition of the Festival de la radio numérique (digital radio festival). Discover radio dramas and documentaries, take part in listening sessions, watch performances, and attend podcast recording sessions.
On April 29, the Centre de plein air Lac-Beauchamp will host the RX1 Nation Tour obstacle course. Test your limits and challenge yourself on a circuit of 8 to 12 functional exercise stations, including a 3- to 5K run. Registration is open until April 25; you can sign up as an individual, or form a team with friends or family.
For even more suggestions, consult the full listings on our Events page.
More to discover in the Outaouais
Spend the night in one of the four warm and cozy cottages at Châteaux du Lac 31 Milles. Explore the hiking trails and listen to the sounds of the forest. Enjoy water sports or spend a peaceful afternoon fishing. Go deer watching with your family and marvel at the beauty of Canada’s wildlife.
Fall in love with the elegant dishes at Souche-i, an Asian restaurant in the heart of the beautiful village of Montebello. Savour the unique flavour combinations of fresh local ingredients complemented by microbrewery beers. You can even have a chef come to your home for your private events or attend a themed evening in the dining room.
Visit the Pontiac Home Bakery, the sweetest bakery in Eastern Canada! Inhale the intoxicating aroma of fresh-baked bread that fills the air. Stock up on cupcakes to go, or order some doughnuts from the impressive list of flavours.
Push your limits at the new Centre d’escalade – Bloc 9.81, a climbing centre specializing in high-quality bouldering challenges and staffed by a team of enthusiasts ready and eager to help you improve your technique. After your session, take a break in the centre’s bistro, and have a drink with other climbers as you share climbing stories!
Book an Experience Outaouais package and discover what the Outaouais has to offer in April.