What’s On in the Outaouais in November
November is often a dreary month marked by shortening days and the first snow flurries. To add comfort, joy and laughter to your day, check out our suggestions for activities that will make November much more bearable—that’s a promise!
Go see a show
As a couple or with friends, the Carrefour culturel ESTacade is your destination for dinner and a show. On November 3, listen to country singer–songwriter Martin Duford while enjoying a vegetarian meal or a cowboy beef casserole! On November 17, discover the impressive impersonations of Stéphane Bélanger over an Italian-themed meal.
Head to the heart of Old Aylmer for more entertaining evenings! At Cabaret La Basoche, enjoy a play, a children’s show or a performance by talented singer–songwriters. At the British Hotel, laugh out loud at the comedy shows on November 21 (in French) or December 19 (in English).
Plan an evening in Old Hull to attend a musical performance or comedy show at the Minotaure. For classic and contemporary theatre, there’s always something interesting on at the Théâtre de l’Île. At Salle Jean-Despréz, intimate candlelit concerts await you. Before the show, have a bite to eat in one of Old Hull’s restaurants.
Finally, Productions Les 2 vallées and Salle Desjardins de la Petite-Nation regularly present leading Quebec artists. Keep an eye on the program!
Have fun in good company
From September 29 to November 12, the Centre d’action culturelle de la MRC de Papineau presents Annie Perreault’s exhibition Héritage. Inspired by climate change and its effects on nature, the striking works are created with recycled materials. Enjoy this enriching multi-sensory experience with your family. Stay informed about even more cultural events in the region thanks to Tout Culture, an online event calendar hosted by Culture Outaouais.
Get ready for an evening at Fairmont Le Château Montebello, where local delicacies will awaken all your senses! Discover local cuisine and sip some of Quebec’s finest ciders, beers and wines at the resort’s Autumn Harvest curated culinary event on November 17.
Are you a foodie? Then L’Outaouais au menu is for you! Thursday through Saturday evenings from November 9 to 18, (re)discover the region’s restaurants and enjoy a three-course meal for the fixed price of $59 (before tax and tip). Savour creative dishes made with local ingredients.
Now’s the time to get active and challenge yourself! At Klimat Fitness & Bouldering, use every muscle in your body to climb a bouldering wall, and test your agility on various specialized structures. Yoga and fitness classes are also available.
As a family, with friends or on your own, sign up for one of the Gatineau Loppet‘s cross-country ski races. There’s a course for everyone, from 2K to 50K, in free or classic style, timed or in Discovery mode! Registration is now open for this popular mid-February event. Take advantage of the early bird rate, available until December 3 inclusive!
Hockey season is well underway, and what better way to support your local team than from the stands? For an action-packed outing with friends, cheer on the Gatineau Olympiques at the Slush Puppie Centre. Before the game, meet up at the complex’s restaurant, Le 1973 Resto Bar Loft, for a great pizza.
You don’t always have to pull out your wallet to have a good time! Here are some ideas for free activities: visit museums and interpretation centres, explore walking trails and admire unique works of art.
Take a coffee break
The arrival of colder weather makes us want to huddle indoors and enjoy a nice hot drink. Wherever you are, you’ll find a comforting café nearby where you can take a break! Settle in at the British Café, Moca Loca or Café Bouleau to chat with friends or finish that book you started ages ago.
At Café-Bistro Le social, play board games while sipping a specialty coffee. In this cozy setting, you’re sure to want to extend the game by ordering a good meal: chili, Thai chicken wrap, chicken taco salad—the choice is yours!
With all these tantalizing aromas, you’re sure to fall for a delicious pastry. How about a chocolate éclair, a cream puff or a sugar tartlet? Besides tasty fresh breads, Maison Oddo also sells pastries fresh from the oven!
In Montebello, stop off at La Belle Pâtissière. Given its Parisian café vibe, you won’t be surprised by the praline-filled desserts on offer. Enjoy a cup of tea and admire the creative cakes. In Petite Nation, order a lunchtime panini at Miss Macaron and round out your meal with a sweet treat. Chances are you’ll opt for a colourful macaroon.
Browse a Christmas market
Mark your calendar: Santa’s little elves are already busily preparing for the holiday season!
From November 17 to 19, catch the holiday spirit at the Domaine de L’Ange-Gardien Christmas market. Enjoy seasonal programming and browse more than 60 local exhibitors’ stalls.
From November 23 to 26, the Canadian Museum of History will once again host its famous Christmas Market. Stroll through the majestic Grand Hall with your gift list and discover the talent of over 80 exhibitors. Pick up glassware, gourmet products, fine spirits, original jewelry, handcrafted woodwork and more.
Revisit your childhood at the Old Aylmer Christmas Market, which will be from November 24 to December 3, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Meet Outaouais artisans and find unexpected treasures at the many booths of this European-inspired outdoor Christmas market. Take advantage of this opportunity to make a start on your Christmas shopping and soak up the magic of Christmas. On Saturday evening, December 2, bundle up and admire the floats in the Santa Claus Parade.
The traditional old-time Christmas market at the George Bryson Cultural House is back! This year’s market takes place on Saturday, November 25. Stay tuned for full details of this not-to-be-missed event!
Catch the holiday spirit in the magical setting of the Montebello Christmas Market, which will take place the weekends of December 1–3 and December 8–10. Find the perfect gift made by a local artisan to give your loved ones, and treat yourself to your favourite products. Take a break to enjoy a hot chocolate with your family and watch a live show. Recapture your childhood and be amazed by this European-inspired market!
Check out our Christmas market calendar for dates and details of these eagerly awaited annual events. What better way to get into the holiday spirit?
For even more suggestions, consult the full listings on our Events page.
More Outaouais discoveries
Looking for a fine product to complete a recipe or gift? Pick up that spice you’ve been searching for, your favourite fresh Italian pasta, and a host of other gourmet finds at one of the Outaouais’ fine food stores. And don’t forget to try some new Quebec products!
On the subject of sampling new flavours, take the L’Outaouais brassicole tour featuring local beers with distinctive flavours. One microbrewery at a time, experience the impressive talents of our Outaouais brewmasters, win a participation prize after visiting four different microbreweries, and enter for a chance to win a stay in the Outaouais!
There will soon be enough snow to hit the slopes. Plan ahead and book one of Experience Outaouais’ five ski packages.