Things to do in the Outaouais in June
With the end of the school year, the beginning of summer, the increasing number of events and festivals and the return of seasonal tourist businesses, the month of June is sure to put a smile on your face! Discover our suggestions for activities and events to make the most of June.
Local all-inclusive experiences
Dive into some of the best experiences in the region with Aventure Outaouais, a company that specializes in all-inclusive guided tours in both official languages.
Follow the Pontiac Wine and Cider Route, a tour that invites visitors to appreciate the quality and distinctive characteristics of Outaouais wines and ciders. You can also discover incredible natural wonders on a tour of Petite Nation, or kayak down the majestic Picanoc River and climb an observation tower to admire one of the region’s most beautiful views. In June, try one of these three tours!
The advantage: the tours are hassle-free, as Aventure Outaouais takes care of the transportation, food, activities and guide. They can even help you find accommodation in the region.
Browse the farmers’ markets
The best place to meet local growers and producers is at a farmer’s market. The Outaouais has a number of markets where you’ll discover local products, original arts and crafts, and all sorts of great finds!
Well worth a visit is Ottawa’s ByWard Market, the oldest and largest public market in Canada. Stroll among the stalls and soak up its vibrant atmosphere.
Go for a bike ride along car-free parkways
NCC Weekend Bikedays, presented by Nokia, are back this year! Every weekend until October 10, Ottawa’s parkways will be closed to motorized traffic to encourage people to get active and explore the region in a different way.
As the weather in June is more temperate and summer is just beginning, take the opportunity to ride the car-free parkways along the Ottawa River. Whether you’re biking, walking, running, rollerblading or scootering, this program is for you!
Get back to nature
On a camping trip or a cottage getaway, take advantage of the little moments of calm in the peaceful, unspoiled Outaouais countryside.
You can do just that at Chalets Prunella, sleek and comfortable A-frame cabins set in 75 acres of forest with lake access. Their modern architecture and design offers an upscale experience in the great outdoors.
A taste of summer … literally
Yes, it’s hot, and you know what that means! It’s time to cool off with a nice ice cream cone after an active day, or just for the sheer pleasure of indulging. Try some of the Outaouais dairy bars that are absolutely worth a visit. We have a feeling you’ll be making several discovery stops this summer. 😉
And to enjoy excellent meals while basking in the good weather, track down one of the many food trucks rolling around the city of Gatineau. Pizza, salad, tacos or deli meats—street food rules!
Time to celebrate
Get out your Quebec flags: June 24 is Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day! Celebrate with a visit to the Festival l’Outaouais en Fête, which runs June 23 to 26, 2022, in Des Cèdres Park. With an amusement park, fireworks, and live performances by several Francophone artists, you won’t want to miss it!
Be part of the 155th anniversary of Confederation on July 1st! This year in Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada Day celebrations will take place at LeBreton Flats Park and Place des festivals Zibi. And as usual, it will be possible to visit Parliament Hill. Be sure to join us for the noon ceremony and evening show, as well as the Tim Hortons Canada Day fireworks, which will be held for the first time near LeBreton Flats Park.
A multitude of other events await you in the Outaouais this summer, and Outaouais Tourism would like to share them with you through a contest. Enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to one of our popular summer events.
Other discoveries to make in the Outaouais
As the golf season gets into full swing (pun intended), play a round at the beautiful Algonquin Golf Club in Messines. Lush fairways, immaculate greens and breathtaking scenery await you!
In Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix, treat yourself to some souvenirs of the Outaouais at François Lambert’s Store. Maple delights, donuts, chocolates, soy candles and sheep’s milk soaps are just a few of the many local products for sale!
Les Jardins Deschamps is the perfect place to stroll through beautiful flower gardens, take pictures in the sunflower fields, or have a picnic in a relaxing setting. You can even create your own floral arrangements on site!
For an action-packed stay, head to the Château Logue Hotel! This resort has 50 guestrooms, a gourmet restaurant, a bar, and terraces. There’s a golf course nearby, and a multitude of activities are available on site, including as canoeing, kayaking, biking and quad biking.
For even more suggestions, consult the full listings on our Events page.