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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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350 Laurier Street
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 3W1
Canada

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.)

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Once you brought your bike back, head for Marius, where great sandwiches, salads, and soups will take you to the south of France. Take a look at Chez Henri and Maison Aubry, the two buildings at the entrance of Aubry Street; the bear witness to Gatineau's rich built heritage.
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175C Du Portage Drive
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 2K2
Canada

Enjoy authentic, top-quality dishes prepared with loving care: salads bursting with sunshine, delectable breads, tasty sandwiches, and specialties like ratatouille and pesto soup. Take a little bit of Provence home with you!

5 km
You'll find more than 150 kinds of tea at CHA YI Teahouse. The owners, Daniel and Véronique, are truly passionate about their products and all the staff will be happy to help discover the types of tea that you're sure to like.
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165 Eddy Street
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 2W7
Canada

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).

14 km
A short distance by car will take you from Gatineau to Chelsea. At Nordik Spa-Nature is Källa, where you float as if you were in the Dead Sea for a little extra fee. There are only two of those in the world and floating there for 45 minutes is like sleeping 5 hours.
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16 Nordik Road
Chelsea (Québec) J9B 2P7
Canada

Located at the entrance of Gatineau Park, only 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa-Gatineau, Nordik Spa-Nature is a relaxation haven. Focusing on treatments and rituals inspired by Scandinavian countries, Nordik Spa-Nature offers a truly reviving experience surrounded by nature. Discover the benefits of thermotherapy and enhance your experience with a massage, a body treatment, the Källa treatment — one of only two salt-water floating pools in America — or Banyä, a treatment inspired by the Russian tradition. Nordik Spa-Nature is the largest spa in North America: 10 outdoor baths, 9 saunas, indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, a restaurant, lounge and Biërgarden with terraces.

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You are about to eat in one of the region's favorite restaurants. You'll be happy to know that you can buy their locally made products to take home with you from their boutique. The building also houses Galerie Old Chelsea, which showcases the work of local artists.
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783 Hwy 105
Chelsea (Québec) J9B 1P1
Canada

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.