Canoe, kayak and rafting, Events and festivals
May 30 to June 5: Three “must-do” events!
A sure sign that summer has arrived in the Outaouais: there are events and activities going on every weekend, in every corner of the region. And the first weekend in June is no exception. Here’s what’s on this weekend:
Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau
The Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau cycling event is open to everyone. Cheer on the top women cyclists in the Grand Prix Cycliste Féminin (UCI WE 1.1) and the Chrono Gatineau (UCI WE 1.1), the two most important women’s races in Canada. Challenge yourself by signing up for the Medio Fondo or the Gran Fondo, time trials through beautiful Gatineau Park (registration closes June 2). There will be lots of activities for the whole family—all you have to do is show up!
Kitigan Zibi Pow Wow
June 4 and 5 are the dates of this year’s traditional pow wow on the Kitigan Zibi reserve. Immerse yourself in traditional Algonquin culture. Each day begins at 5:30 a.m. with a sunrise ceremony, followed by a host of activities, including drumming and dancing. On Saturday, follow Outaouais Tourism on social media as we post live updates from the event!
Festival Pontiac welcomes summer
Now in its second year, this community festival marks the official launch of summer in the Pontiac. On Saturday, June 4, families are invited to Bristol, Quebec, for an afternoon beach party at Pine Lodge. The Outaouais Tourism team will be on hand to encourage Pontiac residents to discover the Outaouais’ four other regions. This year, the festival welcomes the inaugural Pontiac Paddlefest on the Ottawa River, a free family canoeing adventure hosted by Pontiac MP William Amos. It’s open to all ages and experience levels, and all equipment will be provided. The flotilla will leave Portage-du-Fort and make its way down the river to Bristol and Festival Pontiac.
For more information about what’s on this weekend, visit www.outaouaistourism.com.