The Vallée-de-la-Gatineau's gems!
As everybody knows, the Outaouais region is one gigantic playground. And withinin the Outaouais lies a vast territory called the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau that offers all kinds of activities and attractions for a memorable stay. Winter sports enthusiasts will be happy to learn that there’s still snow in the Vallée, so with a short jaunt a few kilometres north, you can dive right back into the heart of winter!
The Village Majopial resort is located ten minutes from Bouchette on Thirty-One Mile Lake, and let me open by saying it’s breathtakingly gorgeous! A magnificent patio overlooks the majestic lake, and the large dining-room windows provide a similarly spectacular view. The Huile d'olive restaurant menu changes regularly according to the chef’s inspiration—a hearty maple-themed menu, for example, is featured in March and April. How about a nice bottle of wine to complement your meal? Make your selection from the well-stocked wine cellar, which is an attraction in itself: it’s visible from the restaurant, through a glass panel in the floor. The servers are attentive and motivated.
If you’d like to stay longer, or decide that maybe you shouldn’t drive home after enjoying all that wine with dinner, you can book accommodation right in Village Majopial: there are four suites at Auberge l’Apprenti, and three cozy cottages. Special rates for snowmobilers are available.
Auberge du Draveur
Looking for an outstanding hotel in the Vallée? Set your GPS for the Auberge du Draveur in Maniwaki! Amenities include comfortable rooms for a restful night’s sleep, indoor and outdoor spas, a salt-water pool, fitness centre, sauna, gym, bars and restaurants … everything you could wish for in a quality hotel! Breakfasts (served in the hotel restaurant) are generous and delicious, and the service is super attentive. Last but not least, the Auberge’s central location makes it an ideal jumping-off point for exploring the rest of the Vallée.
Trails around Maniwaki
While you’re in Maniwaki, take time out for a snowshoe excursion through a beautiful stretch of countryside between the Gatineau and Desert rivers. Depart from the Trois Clochers golf course; you can pick up a trail map at the nearby Vallée-de-la-Gatineau tourist centre, or download one from the Internet. The trails follow some magnificent waterways that have shaped our history and our region, and run right through the heart of town! Backcountry snowshoeing is all well and good, and there are lots of places to do that in the Vallée, but you don’t have to venture deep into the woods to enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery.
Lac Ste-Marie Resort
In the southern part of the Vallée lies a hidden gem called Lac Ste-Marie, and there you’ll find the Lac Ste-Marie Resort. The name says it all! Built around an old log barn (nicknamed the Chapel), the resort is an ideal spot for receptions, parties and get-togethers. The main building has accommodation for 24 people, and there are two rental cottages a short distance away in the village. The large reception hall and mega-kitchen are equipped to cater events of all kinds, from weddings to team retreats to family reunion weekends. And the resort is minutes away from Mont Ste-Marie with its excellent downhill skiing and biking, as well as golf courses, snowmobile trails, the lake … There are boats available if you get the urge to explore this beautiful body of water, or even try a little fishing!
And that’s just a taste of what the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau has to offer. To discover the full appeal of this beautiful part of the country, you really have to come and see for yourself. You’ll soon understand why the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau has long been so popular with recreational tourists and outdoor enthusiasts! Don't forget to visit www.outaouaistourism.com to not miss a thing!