Things to do in the Outaouais in March

Published on February 28 2023

March brings the delicious aromas of sugar-shack meals and the instant rush of taffy on snow. It’s also the perfect time to have fun and spend quality time with your family! Here are our suggestions for a maple-flavoured, fun-filled March.


Make the most of spring break

Spring break also means family activities are on the agenda! The Outaouais has its fair share of activities to keep kids busy and burn off their extra energy. If you’re a family of climbing enthusiasts, Altitude Gym is a unique climbing centre you definitely need to visit. With over 100 climbing routes, there’s a challenge for everyone! For bouldering enthusiasts , discover the Centre d’escalade—Bloc 9.81 and put your skills to the test at Klimat, a training centre in Wakefield. 

Knowledge is power during spring break. Visit the Royal Canadian Mint where money takes on a life of its own! In March, take advantage of the special family rate of $30 for two adults and two kids. The little explorers will have the chance to learn about the history of money. Here are 20 other #OutaouaisisFun activities all just as fun as the next for spring break.   


Practise winter sports

Take part in the “Animal Tracking on Snowshoes” activity until March 10, a guided hike to discover the best of nature. The activity is free and snowshoes are provided! The tour departs from Gatineau Park Visitor Centre. 

When

aturdays, in French at 10:30 a.m., in English at 1:30 p.m. and Sundays, in English at 10:30 a.m., and in French at 1:30 p.m. 

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Fat biking attracts more and more enthusiasts each year! Good news if you’re one of them: the Outaouais offers a great selection of locations to enjoy this sport. Check out this list of places go for your next fat biking adventure! Ride on the snowy trails of the region with the help of a well-trained pack of dogs!   

This is the best way of satisfying your curiosity about sled dogs and be amazed by the speed of the sled and its team! Find out where you can go dog sledding and try out this unique experience.  


Maple season

Can you smell maple syrup in the air? No need to dig into your olfactory memory—you can simply try it and indulge your sweet tooth!  

On March 3 and 4, enjoy a memorable and festive evening at Sugar Fest held at Parc Omega. Le Diable à Cinq will be performing  at Pioneer Lands to help you relive the festive evenings of yesteryear. Wear your best plaid shirts! 

From March 8 to April 28, enjoy a menu made entirely from local ingredients by Courges et Cie. Celebrate the sugar season right by eating on site or in the comfort of your home. 

From classic to gourmet, it’s time to rediscover the Outaouais’s sugar shacks!  


Events

From February 29 to March 2, celebrate the Gatineau Winter Brewfest at Ruelle Zibi. On the menu: 150 microbrewery beers, nights hosted by the best DJs in the region, indoor and outdoor activities, and a selection of winter cuisine.  

From March 1 to 3, join us at the Palais des congrès de Gatineau for the fourth edition of the Gatineau-Ottawa Bicycle Show. Discover the most beautiful cycling routes and meet local vendors who are just as passionate about cycling as you. The latest cycling trends await you! In fact, Outaouais Tourism will be there. Stop by our table! 

On March 2, Golf and Auberge Heritage will host Festigloo, outdoor activities for the whole family. As of 3 p.m., you’ll be able to enjoy a torchlight hike, an outdoor bar and restaurant, a DJ and entertainment. There’ll ve live music from Two 4 the Road for a festive atmosphere.  

Comedy night is back at À La Dérive brasserie artisanale from March 4 to 9 on a monthly basis. Join us for one of the most relaxing nights in Quebec. Comedian Jonathan Dion will be hosting again this year, along with four guest comedians. Beer, food and laughter are on the menu.  

On March 6 from 6pm to 9pm, take part in the Cocktails & Dumplings themed evening at the new Cocktailerie bar at the Distillerie du Square in collaboration with Romain Riva of the new Ras L’Bol restaurant.

On March 9, join Mont Cascades for a magical night and hit the slopes until midnight in a festive atmosphere, with a DJ at the foot of the mountain. Enjoy door prizes, food trucks and bonfires to keep you warm.   

From March 14 to 17, dance to the rhythm of the Hit the Floor tour when it makes its stop in Gatineau. It’s one of the world’s biggest multi-style dance competitions.  

On March 15, 16 and 22, Culture Outaouais invites you to come and discover the cultural scene of the Aylmer community. Sing along and let yourself be carried away by the soothing voices of Aswell, Shaina Hayes and Lloyd Spiegel, all playing at cabaret La Basoche.  

For art lovers, March will bring David Grumbs’s “Euphorie tropicale” to the Centre d’exposition L’Imagier, as well as Jeu de Mémoire by artistic duo Viatour-Berthiaume to the Espace Pierre-Debain. Best of all, it’s free!   

The Easter egg hunt is on March 30 at Éco des Champs Farm. Answer Lapino Janos’s riddles and have fun finding your way through the giant maze. And don’t forget the hot chocolate, face painting for the children and a visit from our mascot!   

In March, head to Le Troquet, a bar in the heart of Old Hull, and laugh along to the jokes of guest comedians on Thursdays for comedy nights. You can also go to House DJ and Bingo nights! Get your tickets every week via their Facebook page.  

For even more suggestions, take a look at our full program on our Events page.  


More to discover in the Outaouais

Are you looking for short-term accommodations for your perfect stay? You’re spoiled for choice in the Outaouais. Discover nature’s peaceful retreats: le Meadow, le Ruthledge, and le Resort Lac Ste-Marie. Need more ideas? Here are some more: le Chic Dortoir, le Paradis bleu and even Ciel et Bois.   

Have you given the brewery circuit a try? Discover the local flavours of six L’Outaouais brassicole venues, one microbrewery at a time. After four visits, you’ll receive a tour-branded glass. If you complete the tour, you’ll have a chance to win a gourmet and cultural getaway in the Outaouais. What are you waiting for? Cheers!  

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