October 3 to 9: Three long-weekend classics in #Outaouaisfun!
Everyone loves Thanksgiving weekend for one reason or another: some because it’s a long weekend, others because they can’t wait to dig into Thanksgiving brunch or a fine turkey dinner. Here in the Outaouais, we love this time of year because there’s so much to do. But like it or not, classics are classics, so here are three time-honoured seasonal activities for you to enjoy in our beautiful region!
Pick your own pumpkin
Pick-your-own-pumpkin season starts Friday at Potager Eardley farm and orchard. Every Saturday and Sunday in October, plus Friday, October 7 and Monday, October 10, you can take a wagon ride into the fields to pick out that perfect pumpkin. There’s also face painting for the kids, hot soup and a corn roast.
For a truly outstanding view of the fall colours, what could be better than riding a chairlift to the top of a mountain? Until October 16 at Camp Fortune, you can take the Valley chair to the summit and hike back down, or take the Skyline chair for a relaxing round-trip ride and panoramic views of the region. On October 2, 9, 10 and 16, you can also enjoy a delicious fall brunch served in the main lodge. This coming weekend only (October 8 and 9), you’re invited to the annual Cascades Colourfest at Mont Cascades. Llocal arts and crafts, Oktoberfest BBQ, face painting for kids, live music, inflatable structures, and the Summit Challenge Race over 1, 2 or 5 km (October 8, registration required).
Off to Gatineau Park—by bus!
Did you know there’s a free shuttle bus to and from Gatineau Park, Saturdays and Sundays (and Thanksgiving Monday) until October 16? Park your car at Camp Fortune and hop aboard a chartered bus operated by the Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO), with stops at the Keogan Shelter (Trail #1) and the Étienne-Brûlé, Champlain and Huron lookouts. New this year, there’s also a shuttle from downtown Gatineau to the Gatineau Park welcome area (near Gamelin Street), Pink Lake and the Mackenzie King Estate, where you can enjoy a picnic or a delicious meal in the Moorside Tea Room. There are three starting points in Gatineau: the Robert Guertin Centre Park-and-Ride, Terrasses de la Chaudière (OC Transpo), and the Montcalm station on the Rapibus Corridor.
Looking for more fall activities?
Click here for a list of our top 15 #Outaouaisfun fall activities.
Click here for a list of our top 10 spots to enjoy the fall colours.
And visit www.outaouaistourism.com for a whole bunch of other ideas!