Cup of tea and thermal care
The Outaouais region has a bustling city life but it is also very zen. Discover this side of the region by offering yourself a dose of fresh air as you stroll by the Ottawa River. Enjoy a healthy lunch inspired by the flavours of Provence and let the benefits of tea do good to your body and soul. An afternoon at the largest spa in North America will clear all the stress left in you before ending your day with a nice meal made from fresh regional products in a rural setting.
In very central Jacques-Cartier Park is the Maison du vélo, where you can rent bicycles for next to nothing and you'll have the leisure of exploring Gatineau and Ottawa's extensive bike paths network. Your ride over, head to Mairus for an awesome sandwich or soup straight out of southern France before going to CHA YI Teahouse. There, you'll discover a unique world of flavours and scents. A relaxing scandinavian treatment then awaits you at the Nordik Spa-Nature and it's from 7th heaven that you'll go to Les Fougères to end this very zen day on a high note.
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Gatineau (Québec) J8X 3W1
Le Grenier du petit sportif rents bikes for a small fee. Come to the Maison du vélo in Jacques-Cartier Park and present a photo ID (driver’s licence or passport). Le Grenier du petit sportif carries a full line of bikes specially adapted for persons with disabilities, limited mobility, or visual impairments, as well as enclosed child trailers, trailer bikes and tandem bicycles. (Reservations recommended for these specialized bicycles and accessories.)
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 2V8
CHA YI Tea House specializes in fine loose and artisan (blooming) teas from China, Taiwan, Japan and India. The boutique carries 150 loose leaf teas, a dozen house-blended tisanes made from local organic plants, and a wide selection of tea ware and accessories. Take a break in our tea room and enjoy your favourite blend (prepared in a pot or in traditional style) and a selection of scones, home-made cookies and other tasty treats! Ask about our Saturday-morning tea tastings and demonstrations (reservations required).
Chelsea (Québec) J9B 2P7
Located at the entrance of Gatineau Park, only 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa, Nordik Spa-Nature is the largest spa in North America. Come relax and enjoy the benefits of thermotherapy in our world-class facilities inspired by some of the best Scandinavian traditions: 9 outdoor baths, 9 unique saunas, indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, restaurant and lounge with terraces. Treat yourself to a massage, a body treatment or our Källa treatment, one of the only two salt water floating pool in America!
Chelsea (Québec) J9B 1P1
Fine dining featuring seasonal and regional products, acclaimed by the press and epicureans alike. The restaurant proposes an extensive wine list. Take-out and kitchen giftware are available at the boutique.