The Outaouais region’s 10 "must-sees"
1) Gatineau Park
Minutes away from downtown lies a vast green space that’s a source of pride for the residents of the Outaouais. In this magnificent setting, you can go camping, rock climbing, hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, and fishing—and that’s just for starters! Gatineau Park offers 361 km2 of possibilities. Definite must-sees: the Mackenzie King Estate, the meromictic Pink Lake, the Champlain Lookout and the Lusk Cave.
2) Cycling in summer, cross-country skiing in winter
From urban neighbourhoods to unspoiled wilderness, we have a trail for you! In summer, ride your bike along 800 km of recreational pathways and discover our city beaches, museums … and maybe a deer or two! In winter, when the trails are covered in snow, Gatineau Park is transformed into one of North America’s most extensive cross-country skiing networks, with 200 km of trails for classic and skate skiing.
3) Nordik Spa-Nature
Relax and unwind at North America’s largest Scandinavian spa, located just outside Gatineau Park! Treat yourself to a unique thermal experience in the spa’s seven outdoor baths and eight saunas, infinity pool with a spectacular view of the surrounding area, and Nordic waterfalls, and enjoy a healthy meal in the restaurant and bar. Revitalize your senses with a massage or body treatment or a session in the Källa saltwater pool, the only one on the continent.
4) Casino du Lac-Leamy
Round-the-clock entertainment, all under one roof! Discover over 1,800 slot machines and 64 gaming tables, including Texas Hold’em poker. Immerse yourself in the exciting atmosphere of the Zone, a unique multigame space with 51 interactive terminals. Have a drink at the Bar 7, savour a meal at the Five Diamond-rated Le Baccara restaurant, and dance the night away at the casino’s nightclub, Club Aléa! For ages 18+.
5) Eight national museums
Whatever your passion, from history to visual art, from animals and nature to aviation, we have a museum for you—eight national museums, in fact! Be sure to plan a visit to the Canadian Museum of History, Canada’s most visited national museum. Admire its spectacular architecture, learn about the people, events and achievements that have shaped our nation, and marvel at the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles!
6) A short hop from Ottawa
In just a few steps, or a few minutes aboard an Aqua-Taxi, you can travel from one province to another and visit Ottawa, Canada’s capital. Do a little shopping in the ByWard Market, one of the oldest public markets in the country, and visit the nearby federal institutions, including Parliament Hill. Discover the history and vibrant street life of Ottawa’s neighbourhoods, such as Chinatown and the Glebe. Stroll along the city’s iconic waterway, the Rideau Canal, Ontario's only UNESCO World Heritage Site. In winter, it’s also the site of the world's largest skating rink!
7) Parc Oméga
In your vehicle, follow a 15-km road winding through 2,200 hectares of hills, lakes and pastureland. Open year-round, this unique wildlife park, the only one of its kind in Quebec, allows you to observe several species of wild animals roaming free in their natural habitat, including bison, elk, bears, wild boars and wolves. While you’re there, go for a hike in the woods and enjoy a picnic among the white-tailed deer!
8) Fairmont Le Château Montebello
Built in 1930 of red cedar logs, this architectural marvel was once an exclusive private club. This elegant historic jewel has been respectfully updated, and the Château now offers 211 rooms, an exquisite menu featuring local products, a spa, a marina, a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities, and a beautiful golf course. You’ll be charmed from the moment you set foot in the impressive rotunda with its six-sided stone fireplace!
9) Family Month
July is Family Month in the Outaouais region! Enjoy the longest school recess of the year in our gigantic playground. For the kids, we’ve got travel journals, backpacks and all kinds of surprises. To help you plan your visit, download or pick up a copy of our family activity guide. It’s packed with fun suggestions for everyone, from inquisitive teens to pint-size explorers.
10) Events large and small
Winter, summer, spring and fall, catch the rhythm of the Outaouais region! Discover North America’s largest winter playground, admire millions of tulips, ski with international athletes, cheer the bands at Canada’s largest rock music festival, build a sand castle, watch hot air balloons rise into the sky and fireworks explode overhead, meet artists in their studios, be a cowhand for a day, and sample locally brewed beers and fresh local produce. Plan to join the excitement in 2017 as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday!
An impressive variety of tourism products—just minutes apart!
Canada is a country of vast distances and year-round beauty, which means visitors often don’t have time to see everything they’d like to. Our destination is ideal, with its compact area and diversified, four-season offer of city and country attractions, from national museums to agritourism routes to international festivals. Whether you crave an urban, cultural, family or outdoor getaway, the Outaouais is sure to delight you!
A gateway to the province of Quebec and Warm Quebec hospitality … right next door to Canada’s capital!
A warm and heartfelt Québécois welcome awaits you, just a bridge-length from Ottawa. With its enviable location in the Toronto-Montreal-Quebec travel corridor, the Outaouais region is easily accessible by car, bus, train or plane, making it an ideal destination for all types of tours and itineraries.>
A year-round program of events and exhibitions!
Outaouais and the National Capital Region are home to an exciting variety of more than 100 events and festivals each year, including: Tulip Festival / Ottawa Tamarack Race Weekend / Gatineau Beerfest / Amnesia Rockfest / Canada Day in the Capital / Northern Lights sound and light show on Parliament Hill / Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light international fireworks competition / Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival / Fall Rhapsody in Gatineau Park / Christmas Lights Across Canada / WInterlude and the Snowflake Kingdom / Gatineau Loppet ... And many more!