What’s on in the Outaouais in February
February is the month of love! Even if the outdoor temperature is dropping, the Outaouais is full of exciting activities to warm your heart. Discover our suggestions to show winter how much you love it, especially since it’s been a long time coming this year!
Go play outside
Bundle up, hop on a Ski-Doo or Can-Am with an experienced guide from the BRP Experience Centre, and discover the area around the charming village of Montebello. These guided tours invite you to have fun on the trails in the heart of a century-old forest. Enjoy an unusual winter experience!
When the weather permits, lace up your skates and head to one of the region’s rinks. Skate on icy trails in an enchanting forest setting, or stay in town and take a spin on the world’s largest natural ice rink: the Rideau Canal Skateway. You’re sure to find a place that suits your style.
The cold weather does have the advantage of thickening the ice on the region’s lakes and rivers—an essential factor for ice fishing! This winter, try ice fishing with your family or friends. The region’s waterways are full of trout, even in winter! Drop a line in one of Kenauk Nature‘s private lakes, take advantage of Pêche Blanche Gatineau‘s expert advice, or treat yourself to an ice fishing package at the Centre touristique du Lac-Simon. Who do you think will catch the biggest fish?
Take advantage of the snowpack to enjoy cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on the Outaouais’ trails. Explore over 500 kilometres of trails for classic and skate skiing. Challenge yourself and test your endurance by participating in a cross-country ski event.
If you’re not inspired by these suggestions, close your eyes and pick something at random from our list of 100 things to do this winter!
For Valentine’s Day
On February 3, 11 and 24, join the Friends of Gatineau Park for a guided snowshoe tour under the stars. Accompanied by your guide, learn about the history of snowshoeing while discovering the Gatineau Park trails. After the excursion, warm up with a hot chocolate! The activity lasts about an hour and a half and equipment rental is included. Book your spot—they’re selling like hotcakes!
On February 11 and 12, head to Moore Farm to discover creations made by local artisans for Le grand marché de la St-Valentin (Valentine’s Day craft market). Find the perfect gift for that special someone, or little treats for the wonderful people in your life. Step into the photobooth and capture fun moments with your partner, family or friends. A gift wrapping service is available.
For the ultimate in romance, treat yourself to a romantic getaway at the Wakefield Mill Hotel & Spa. Relax in the thermal spa, unwind to the soothing sound of the falls, sample local flavours, sip a delicious beverage, and enjoy quality time together. You’ll remember this place for a long time. Book now!
Looking for a personalized Valentine’s Day? Have a look at our guide to the perfect Valentine’s Day to help you make informed choices, or consider our romantic packages for some hassle-free options.
An array of events
From February 3 to 12, come to the beautiful La Filature site on Brewery Creek and take part in the very first Aurora – Festive Winter Experience, a new, free activity. After dark, dance to the sound of the DJ, order something from the coffee bar, and skate in a festive atmosphere. Have a look at the full and entertaining program!
From February 3 to 20, Winterlude is back in force with a program highlighting local art and culture. For the 45th edition, celebrate not only the joys of Canadian winter, but also Indigenous culture, 2SLGBTQI+ pride and Canada’s diversity. During the day or in the evening, participate in a range of activities that are sure to please everyone. As a couple or with family and friends, there’s something for every taste and every age.
From February 3 to 20, reconnect with your inner child and head for Gatineau and the Snowflake Kingdom at Winterlude. Take pictures with the Ice Hog family, enjoy a pastry with family and friends, and warm up with a hot chocolate while watching the illumination of the snow sculptures!
Plan to attend comedy night on February 6 at À la derive artisanal brewery. Laugh at the comedians’ jokes and sip craft beer in a warm and friendly atmosphere. While you’re there, why not order one of their succulent dishes? You can also buy canned beer to take home.
On February 11 and 12, take part in the Canadian Ski Marathon, North America’s longest and oldest cross-country ski event. Online registration is open until February 5. For late registration, please contact the organization directly.
On February 12, head to the region’s bars and restaurants to watch the Super Bowl and enjoy great food and drink! For those of you who prefer to entertain at home and don’t want to break the bank, Le Rituel restaurant has put together the perfect game-watching box of chicken wings, guacamole, vegetarian chili and more. Order yours now.
From February 17 to 19, the 45th annual Gatineau Loppet takes over Gatineau Park. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in Canada’s largest historic cross-country ski gathering. Online registration is open until February 15, or you can register on site during the event.
The Salon du livre de l’Outaouais book fair will be held at the Palais des congrès de Gatineau from February 23 to 26. Travel to Terre des livres (the Land of Books) and enter the wonderful world of literature. Meet the authors of your future favourites at the 44th edition of this iconic event. The complete program will be announced on February 7.
For even more suggestions, check out the full list on our Events page.
More to discover in the Outaouais
Are you a fan of all-terrain vehicles? From local ATV regulations to trail conditions, the Club Quad Vallée-de-la-Gatineau has all the information you need. Explore your new playground and take a well-deserved break at one of the club’s three heated rest stops.
The Boulangerie Première Moisson in Gatineau is the perfect place to stop for a meal or enjoy a steaming hot latte. The smell of fresh-baked bread will certainly whet your appetite! Don’t forget to stock up on pastries before you leave.
Explore Petite Nation with Gatineau Sled Dogs. Glide across the snow while comfortably seated in a sled pulled by a dog team and driven by an experienced guide. Discover this traditional means of transportation.
Book a package with Experience Outaouais and find out what the Outaouais has to offer in February.