An Outaouais themed picnic
The Outaouais' regional delights are doing pretty well, thank you very much! We could send you all over the region to sample them but you'd need most of the week so might we suggest a picnic? The Outaouais has wine, cheeses, smoked salmon and much much more, plus a superb setting in which to savour it all. Sounds good? You have no idea!
Start by taking an appointment to visit Vignoble du Clos Baillie. The grape varieties were all developed to survive our sometimes harsh weather and you'll discover unexpected treasures. After that, head to La Trappe à fromage and choose the fresh local cheeses and fine products that you'll enjoy later. Complete it all with smoked salmon tht makes even Maritimers jealous and you'll be ready to set the table. Actually, a blanket on the ground will do just fine.
Points of interest
Gatineau (Québec) J8T 8N6
La Trappe à fromage specializes in artisanal cheese making, ranging from its famous fresh-daily cheese curds to house cheddars and specialty cheeses such as L'Attrappe-Cœur, house “Brie,” and La Belle Humeur raclette cheese. The shop sells a wide array of local and regional products, and over 350 of the world's finest cheeses. Also on site are microbrewery beers, a fresh bakery, and a fine foods and deli section. Take home a delicious meal prepared by Chef Patrick Lehoux. Free product tastings. Come see how cheese is made!
Chelsea (Québec) J9B 1R6
Come and visit Gatineau Park, a natural oasis covering 361 km2 of hills and forest. Its rich biodiversity and proximity to downtown make it a real paradise for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, canoeing, and cross-country skiing. Must-sees include the Mackenzie King Estate, Champlain Lookout and Philippe Lake. Extend your visit by camping or staying in a cabin, available year round. Gatineau Park is managed and protected by the National Capital Commission.