Awesome view, awesome food
The Vallée-de-la-Gatineau is wide and beautiful. Seeing the forests and bodies of water in the area, it comes as no surprise that the lumber industry saw such potential here. This is the country of the raftmen and it quickly became a hiker or vacationer's paradise. From an observation tower with an incomparable view to fine dining by a majestic lake, with a nice gallery and white-tailed deer in between, you'll spend a day soaking in the essence of the Outaouais region.
Start your day at Galerie du presbytère de Blue Sea and discover the work of local artists. Oxygenate your senses before doing the same with your lungs at Parc régional du Mont Morissette. Walk all the way to the observation tower and you will be rewarded with a view like no other! You'll come down bedazzled as you'll head to l'Huile d'olive for an excellent dinner, with a stop at the Centre d'interprétation du cerf de Virginie to discover the white-tailed deer on the way.
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Points of interest
Blue Sea (Québec) J0X 1C0
Following its purchase by the Municipality of Blue Sea, the Presbytère (rectory) was transformed into a cultural centre for the community, housing an art gallery with free access to computers and Wi-Fi, and a tourist information centre. The gallery is dedicated to promoting the arts and supporting interaction and exchange of ideas between artists and the public. The space fosters the emergence of artists and acts as a catalyst on the regional cultural scene.
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.
Sainte-Thérèse-de-la-Gatineau (Québec) J0X 2X0
The White-Tail Deer Interpretation Centre offers visitors extensive information on this majestic animal. Interpretation panels are displayed in an impressive log pavilion. Nature enthusiasts can explore the hiking trails. The Refuge du bûcheron, near Thirty-One-Mile Lake, gives visitors a place to warm up and even sleep overnight (reservations required). During the summer, the Centre fosters fawns that will be released to the wild in the fall.
Bouchette (Québec) J0X 1E0
Village Majopial resort is located on the shores of Thirty-One-Mile Lake in the municipality of Bouchette, about 90 minutes from Gatineau–Ottawa. At the heart of this Village is L’Huile d’Olive restaurant, a hidden treasure offering seasonal menus prepared with fresh local ingredients. The richness and variety of the cuisine will seduce and amaze you! As for the wine list, there isn’t one—you have to go down to the wine cellar to choose your bottle from the vast selection.