3 unique getaways to try in the Outaouais this winter
Hold on to your hat and get into outdoor mode—the Outaouais has some surprises up its sleeve! Discover three getaway ideas to try in the region so you can enjoy the great outdoors to the fullest this winter.
An unusual stay
Parc Oméga is full of surprises for animal lovers. It’s a must-see for couples and families in Montebello. This facility, best-known for its 12-kilometre car route where you can feed the animals, also offers various types of non-traditional lodgings.
After dropping off your bags, take part in the winter activities offered on site. Note that these winter activities are available when the weather allows. Lace up your skates and glide around the skating rink. Pull on your snowshoes and ramble along the trails. Roar with laughter as you tube down a hill or take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. The park also organizes events throughout the winter. Check out the event lineup for more details. At the end of the day, warm up around a table at the Omegabon restaurant. Enjoy the view of Bird Lake as you savour a delicious meal made with local ingredients.
399 Route 323 Nord, Montebello
The non-traditional lodgings are very popular—reserve yours in advance!
Endless outdoor activities
For sports lovers, the Parc des Montagnes Noires de Ripon is the place to be! Stay with family or friends in one of the four rustic shelters on site. Leashed pets are welcome everywhere on site, even in the accommodations!
After a good night’s sleep, explore the facility’s long list of activities. Snowshoe to the top of the mountain and observe the countryside from a height of 427 metres at the lookout point. The 12-metre-high Mont Grand-Pic observation tower is also accessible, giving you a 360-degree view even in winter. Use your phone to go geocaching in the forest or try hok skiing. You can even go sledding or tubing. Take a break at the snack bar or discover one of the fine restaurants in the villages of Chénéville and Saint-André-Avellin.
39 de la Montagne-Noire Rd., Ripon
The park offers a discount to the residents of the Papineau RCM. | Equipment can be rented on site.
From city to country in a blink
If you’re looking for a nature getaway without going too far from the city, Gatineau Park, with 250 kilometres of trails to explore, is the place for you! The park has a number of winter campsites and shelters and it also offers winter equipment rentals.
Ski along one of North America’s largest cross-country skiing trail networks or indulge in nearly 50 kilometres of fat bike trails. Choose among 80 kilometres of snowshoe trails or relax by taking a walk along one of the 11 kilometres of trails that are mechanically groomed.
33 Scott Rd., Chelsea
Trail access fees apply to the ski, snowshoe and winter biking trails. Walking is free and is permitted only on the following trails: Sugarbush Trail, Lauriault Trail, Pioneers Trail and Capital Pathway.
There are a thousand reasons to go play outside! Dress warmly to make the most of your trip.
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