What’s on in the Outaouais in July
It’s vacation time! In July, come play in the water or go boating on our lakes and rivers, visit our most beautiful outdoor attractions, sunbathe on the beach, and generally have a great time. Read on for suggestions of July activities to enjoy.
Cool off and have fun in the water
With thousands of lakes and a dozen rivers, the Outaouais has no shortage of water to splash around in. Try these beautiful kayaking or paddleboarding spots!
In daylight or by moonlight, explore the world’s only water labyrinth at Eco-Odyssée Nature Park. By canoe, pedal boat, kayak or paddleboard, go on a sunset excursion through the 5-kilometre maze and observe the resident beavers. An original aquatic activity for the whole family! After this unique experience, spend the night in glamping mode in one of the Évasion or Exode nature huts. If you prefer less rustic accommodation, book a stay at Le Bellevue Modern Lodge or Chalet Le Boisé.
Hot summer days are perfect for playing in the water. Get the whole family out for a refreshing, fun-filled day in one of the region’s water parks.
Go bungee jumping
Are you ready to take the leap? The package from Experience Outaouais has you covered. Dare to tackle Canada’s highest bungee jump at the Great Canadian Bungee Corporation. Once your adrenalin level has returned to normal, enjoy a cozy stay at the Auberge de Mon Petit Chum B&B in the charming village of Wakefield.
Discover the art and heritage of Canada’s Capital Region
In the heart of Canada’s Capital Region, explore the historic sites along Confederation Boulevard, the monuments honouring our heroes, the public art that colours the pedestrian routes, and the temporary exhibits that enliven the streets! You can also walk or cycle along the Rideau Canal Promenade, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
To find out everything there is to do in Canada’s Capital Region, visit the Capital Information Kiosk. When it comes to local art and heritage, you can count on the kiosk’s helpful information officers! Take advantage of the free daily guided tours of Parliament Hill.
Attend a summer event
On July 6, 7 and 8, 2023, the Gatineau Comedy Festival returns to make you laugh out loud! Come and applaud the big names, rising stars, and talented emerging comedy artists at Place de la Cité in Gatineau.
Embrace a healthy lifestyle and challenge yourself at the Gatineau Triathlon, taking place July 8, 2023 at Leamy Lake Park. Register for one of the running races or triathlons, the duathlon or the aquathlon.
On July 15 and 16, the Festiv’été summer festival at Champboisé de L’Ange-Gardien is sure to delight the whole family! Under the big top, enjoy a concert by Geneviève Leclerc, with an opening act by folk duo Geneviève et Alain. The next day, your little ones will have plenty to keep them entertained: a kalimba show, inflatable structures and face painting. Book your tickets online!
On July 16, step back in time at the 22nd Chénéville Car Show, featuring nearly 200 vintage auto exhibitors. Start intergenerational conversations and celebrate Elvis Presley at the tribute show!
Beer lovers, here’s your chance to discover the region’s microbreweries in a festive atmosphere during the eight-day Gatineau Brewfest , July 19 to 29 at Place des festivals Zibi. New this year: pair your brew with a meal prepared with local ingredients! Come on down and meet your new favourite beer.
Celebrate our Western heritage at the St-André-Avellin Western Festival, July 20 to 30, 2023. The lineup includes a professional rodeo, theatre, a comedy show, and entertainment by popular country artists.
For even more suggestions, consult the full listings on our Events and Festivals page.
Relax at the beach
Come wiggle your toes in the water and stroll on the warm sand. We have several beaches that are well worth a visit. Here’s a list of 10 Outaouais beaches that are ideal for making the most of summer, stretching out on a beach towel and basking in the sun. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
More to discover in the Outaouais
There’s something uniquely satisfying about picking your own fruit. Just outside Wakefield, fill your orchard basket at L’eau du ruisseau farm and enjoy the taste of farm-fresh produce. The whole family will love the wandering chickens, the walking trails and the small shop selling local produce.
Summer vacation is always more fun when the whole family can come along, including your four-legged friend! At Camping Timberland, camp together and enjoy a host of nearby activities. Go for a run in the magnificent red pine forest or cycle along 16 km of sandy trails. Don’t have camping equipment? Spend the night in one of the tipis!
In Montebello, visit La Shed qui tourne (“the turning shed”), a former woodshed converted into a pottery studio. Sign up for a workshop and take a turn at the pottery wheel. Once you’ve honed your manual skills, set off in search of ceramic finds. Who knows? You might discover a new passion!
Book a package with Experience Outaouais and find out what the Outaouais has to offer in July.