Bright lights and sparkles in you eyes

The Outaouais is perfect for lovebirds, no matter the season. With its museums, its great restaurants, and its rich entertainment scene, the occasions for a unique one-on-one experience with your better half are plentiful, by day or by night. As winter settles in, an evening walk under the falling snowflakes in an illuminated downtown area will make both your hearts beat as one. There's magic in the air in the Outaouais!

A visit of the National Art Gallery's galleries will start your date with style. No hurries, just enjoy the moment! As you head back towards Gatineau, take the time to admire the Christmas lights lighting up downtown before you cross the bridge. You'll see in you partner's eyes that the light bulbs aren't the only things glowing! You'll have a lot to tell one another when you're sitting at Le Cellier St-Jacques nice dinner before hitting the Casino du Lac-Leamy to end the night on a classy note!

1 day
to melt your heart

Points of interest

National Gallery of Canada
380, promenade Sussex
Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 9N4

Experience the best visual art in the country at this top attraction in the heart of Canada’s capital. In June 2017, the National Gallery of Canada celebrates our country’s 150th anniversary with Canada’s Masterpieces: “Our Masterpieces. Our Stories” The largest display of Canadian art in the world will be unveiled, with over 1,000 artworks and 5 exhibitions under one roof. Inuit and Aboriginal art will be included in the chronological presentation, telling the full story of art in Canada. Special exhibitions include Alex Janvier, Canadian Photography, and the Canadian Biennial. Be here in 2017 to see the masterpieces of our national collection, shop our newly renovated Boutique, and dine in our restaurant with spectacular views of the Canadian Parliament buildings and the river below.

4 km
Before crossing the Alexandra Bridge, take a little detour by Parliament Hill and Major's Hill Park to admire the Christmas lights. There are some in Gatineau's Jacques-Cartier Park too and the view you'll have from the bridge will be quite impressive.
Christmas Lights Across Canada
90, rue Wellington (en face du Parlement)
Ottawa (Ontario)

The 33nd edition of Christmas Lights across Canada kicks off on December 7, 2017, with an official illumination ceremony on Parliament Hill at 7 p.m. Until December 25, a magical winter lightscapes multimedia show will be presented on the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings in loop, every night from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The lights will be on until January 6 in the capital region.

1,7 km
As you walk through Vieux-Hull to get to Le Cellier St-Jacques.
Le Cellier St-Jacques
49, rue St-Jacques
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 2Y5

Charming restaurant in an ancestral house in downtown Gatineau (Old Hull). Come and taste wines from all around the world, or simply relax on one of their terraces. Enjoy a fresh market menu and discover their delicious tartares and ceviches.

5,1 km
Casino du Lac-Leamy
1, boul. du Casino
Gatineau (Québec) J8Y 6W3

An oasis of entertainment just five minutes from Parliament Hill, the Casino du Lac-Leamy features a wide selection of slot machines and gaming tables, including Texas Hold’em poker, as well as a multigame space with live hosts. Enjoy the exciting atmosphere of the Casino, and unwind at the five-star Hilton Lac-Leamy hotel. Discover a variety of bars and restaurants and a nightclub, and spend an entertaining evening at the Théâtre du Casino. The Casino is your destination for an unforgettable getaway! 18+