Excess and exercise

In Québec, sugar shacks are a must in the spring. The Outaouais is no exception. Pancakes, baked beans, potatoes, eggs, sausages... All that drenched in maple syrup before going outside to enjoy taffy poured on snow and rolled on a stick, while telling yourself you probably ate too much. Everybody loves it! How about taking the family to a nice snowshoe run to burn the extra calories, afterwards? The Outaouais has beautiful trails and the two activities will go together like pancakes and maple syrup!

Head to Domaine de l'Ange-Gardien for this annual maple products celebration that is an outing at the sugar shack. Apart from the traditional meal, you can enjoy a sleigh ride, tubing and many more familiy activities. After that, Centre de plein air du Lac-Beauchamp promises a beautiful trek in nature that will reconcile you with your stomach. After your trek, head to Centre sportif de Gatineau for a refreshing swim that is sure to put you back on track!

day eating and sweating

Points of interest

1031 Pierre-Laporte Rd.
L'Ange-Gardien (Québec) J8L 0E9

You’ve discovered the best-kept secret in the Outaouais: the tubing hill at Domaine de l’Ange-Gardien, only 15 minutes from Gatineau! The family hill is lighted and boasts a chairlift and eight different runs. Hours of fun await you at very reasonable prices. The centre also offers horse-drawn sleigh rides, interpretive walking trails, and cafeteria and bar service. Groups are welcome!

18.4 km
Belly's full? Head to Centre de plein air du Lac-Beauchamp. The scenery is breathtaking. You can rent snowshoes when you get there and they even have a break at the heated refuge.
741 Maloney Blvd. East
Gatineau (Québec)

With an area of 213 hectares, Lac-Beauchamp Park offers recreational facilities accessible all year round, and 15 km of recreational trails. The main building houses an equipment rental service. It’s the perfect spot for family swimming, canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sliding and skating.

6 km
You've waited at least an hour since eating so you're good for a swim. The pools at the Centre sportif de Gatineau will refresh you after a very full day (and stomach!).
850 La Gappe Blvd.
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 3Y9

Gatineau’s municipal sports centre is known for its state-of-the-art sports and recreational facilities and equipment, available to the general public and to Gatineau athletes training for excellence. The centre hosts a year-round program of regional and international competitions in a wide range of sports, including volleyball, badminton, basketball, gymnastics, water polo, synchronized swimming, swimming, and diving.