Adventure in the Valley

You'll need more than just a day to explore the Vallée de la Gatineau. Does your family crave adventure? Climb higher and see farther on this route, which includes some spectacular terrain, a visit to a vibrant Aboriginal community and an encounter with firefighters. Pack a picnic and start your excursion at Mount Morissette, just 90 minutes from Gatineau. After that, head to Maniwaki for more adventures!

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Points of interest

Lac Long Road
Blue Sea (Québec)

Located 115 km north of Gatineau–Ottawa, in the municipality of Blue Sea, Mount Morissette occupies an area of 589 hectares and has a vertical elevation of 400 metres. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the 13 km of marked trails for hiking in summer and snowshoeing in winter. An 18-metre observation tower offers breathtaking views of a dozen lakes, including Blue Sea Lake. At the mountain’s summit are a lookout and a shelter with wood stove.

27.3 km
After a quick snack, stop in at the Maniwaki tourist information office. There are picnic tables outside where you can enjoy your lunch.
186 King Street
Maniwaki (Québec) J9E 3N6

The tourist information office in downtown Maniwaki is the gateway to an area well worth discovering. Get all the information you need about things to see and do in the Gatineau Valley. Local products for sale. Our friendly staff will be more than happy to help you put together an itinerary or book accommodations for your visit to our beautiful region. Free Wi-Fi. There’s an outdoor picnic area where you can stop and enjoy a delicious bite to eat. The office is open seven days a week during high season (late June to early September).

1.3 km
Did you know that the Interpretation Centre has two large canoes (rabaskas) that visitors can borrow, absolutely free? Be advised that it takes at least eight people to paddle a rabaska properly.
85 Principale Street North
Maniwaki (Québec) J9E 2B5

Conveniently located in the heart of Maniwaki, the Auberge du Draveur offers a relaxing atmosphere where guests can enjoy the fitness room and spa facilities (spas, saunas and pool). Whether you are looking for rest and relaxation or for a home away from home, enjoy the area's multiple outdoor activities. They offer a variety of packages (relaxation, fitness and fun, etc.) to meet your individual needs. Should you be traveling on business or planning your next gathering, the conference rooms are at your disposal.

2.9 km
After visiting the Cultural Centre, head south for one last climbing challenge: Mount Cayamant, about 40 minutes away. Did you know that cayamant is an Algonquin word meaning "lake with a bay at the end"?
54 Makwa Mikan
Maniwaki (Québec) J9E 3C9

The Kitigan Zibi Cultural Centre has a number of exhibits, cultural artifacts, paintings, and photographs about Algonquin culture and history. The round building also houses the exhibition Kichi Sibi organized by the Canadian Museum of History and tracing the history of the Algonquin people. Tradition is alive and well at Kitigan Zibi. The Centre offers a variety of group workshops, including an introduction to Indigenous culture; embroidery; making earrings, moose callers and dream catchers; and drumming and dancing.