What's on in the Outaouais, March 15 - 21
Spring is in the air, my friends! It’s time for spring skiing, maple sugar, St. Patrick’s Day, and, why not?, sitting out on the patio. Is the patio thing maybe a little too optimistic? No way!
Activities and Events!
An interactive map
Spring skiing is particularly magical in Gatineau Park. Wondering about trail conditions? No problem: just consult the park’s interactive trail map. This well-designed, detailed tool shows the status of the trail network in (almost) real time. Click on a trail and a pop-up box shows its level of difficulty, length and condition. Zoom in and you can practically see the squirrels!
Off to the sugar shack!
The sap is running! Spring in the Outaouais just wouldn’t be spring without a visit to a sugar shack. Read our blog list of local possibilities, as well as restaurants serving a special menu featuring delicious maple products.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Across the region, on both sides of the river, people will be celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day! Here are two venues that caught our attention. At the Chelsea Pub, the Irish Bastards will set the party mood and get the crowd up and dancing. In Ottawa, Beau’s Brewery is hosting a mega-party in the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park. There will be music, of course, but also Irish food, activities (including a dance contest!) and excellent draft beer.
Lansdowne Park, 1000 Exhibition Way, Ottawa
Saturday, March 16 from 12 noon to 8 p.m.
19 and over $29 (includes 1 beverage), children $5.
The party will start after the St. Patrick’s Day parade, which starts at 11 a.m.
Sunday, March 17 at 6 p.m.
$15, children free!
Movie night at the National Gallery of Canada
An evening of movie-watching and great food—now that’s a good idea! The National Gallery invites you to watch (or re-watch) the best films screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). If you select the Tapas Upgrade, you should make your way to the Water Court Foyer at 5 p.m. With a plate of tagliatelle with duck confit and roasted vegetables in one hand and a glass of wine in the other, settle in to watch an excellent feature film. After the screening, you can stay for a live onstage conversation. (Discussion in French, with English simultaneous interpretation available.)
National Gallery of Canada – 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa
Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Film only – $15 | Film + Tapas Upgrade – $40
Available with any film, the Tapas Upgrade includes superior reserved seating, one drink, two chef-inspired tapas, and a sweet treat.
Snowshoeing under the full moon
This could be your last chance this season to enjoy the sight of the full moon shining on the snow … March 21 is the night of the full moon, and Biscotti & cie invites you to go on a guided snowshoe expedition in Gatineau Park, then come back to the restaurant for a glass of wine and a tartiflette to share.
Departure from the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre – 33 Scott Road, Chelsea
Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m.
Snowshoe rental available (613-715-2243).
Looking for even more things to do with family and friends? Check our Facebook calendar regularly!