Published on July 11 2017

With the kids away at their grandparents’ for a few days, now is your chance to live it up—or grab some much-needed R&R. With that in mind, we’ve come up with our Top 5 outings for (super consenting) adults in the Outaouais!

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Retro nights

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday over the summer, the Casino Lac‑Leamy brings the past to life. No, not as in “it was better in the old days”; rather, a series of themed evenings that celebrate the 1950s (June 29 to July 15), the ’80s (July 25 to August 5) and the Roaring Twenties (August 10 to 26). Come and sample the best of each era: the best drinks, fashions, and of course, music! Get out your retro outfit and hurry on down for some historic fun.


Drinks stay cool in the pool

Relax on the region’s most beautiful terrace at the Biërgarden!

Congratulations: you’ve achieved your goal of trying every sauna, bath and pool at Nordik Spa‑Nature. This calls for a toast! In the Panorama section, the spa’s lively social hub, you can sip your drink as you lounge in the infinity pool. The Biërgarden serves a great selection of draft beers. Try something from Beau’s Brewery, our Ontario neighbour in Vankleek Hill. The Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale is to die for—or to float for!


Romantic nights at the Mill

You and your sweetheart don’t have to travel far for a romantic getaway: just book a stay at the charming Wakefield Mill Inn Hotel & Spa The mood is set as soon as you enter the village of Wakefield. Multicoloured houses, unique shops, restaurants overlooking the Gatineau River … it’s love at first sight, and super romantic to boot. Make your way up the hill to the beautifully restored historic mill, now an elegant inn. Outstanding cuisine, a scenic waterfall, the many services at the Eau Vive spa, a cosy room … could you ask for anything more? (A marriage proposal, perhaps?)

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An upscale cottage

Have we told you about the amazing terrace at the Fairmont Le Château Montebello? It’s truly majestic, with stunning views of the Ottawa River, and they serve a mean BBQ! Treat yourself to royal service. The world’s largest log building offers a host of great amenities. Indoor and outdoor pools, golf, cycling, kayaking, a quick afternoon nap, and lo and behold, it’s already happy hour! Quick, back to the terrace.

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West with the sun

A road trip—now there’s a great thing to do with your best travel buddies. Pack your bathing suit and a picnic, cue up your favourite road trip playlist, and head west for an adventure in the Pontiac. You’re sure to return with a head full of memorable images. The beautiful sandy beaches at Norway Bay and Fort William; charming villages dotted with heritage buildings; “English spoken here;” a gigantic, two-storey poster of Elvis; a microbrewery in a former bank building … All this and more awaits you just an hour from Gatineau.

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