Just another day in the Outaouais

Choosing among all the things to do in the Outaouais is no small task. Let us suggest an itinerary showcasing our region's landmarks. Two days culture, nature, awesome food, and breathtaking panoramas. Are you in?
Start your adventure with a good breakfast and cross to the Ontario side, more specifically in the Byward Market. Feel the early morning buzz as local farmers and producers fill their stalls with fresh regional goodness. Walk to the National Art Gallery of Canada to feast your eyes on art and beauty in a magnificent sun-filled building. Then, cross the bridge and have lunch at Gatineau's Les Brasseurs du temps before hitting the road towards Montebello! It's not every night that you get to sleep in the world's largest round wood construction, now a mythical, welcoming hotel. The next day, feed the deer and wapitis at Parc Oméga and stock up on delicious souvenirs before heading back home.

2 days
of discovery

Points of interest

ByWard Market
55, rue ByWard Market Square
Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 9C3

Establish by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets. Join some friends for brunch, lunch or dinner, and then hit the shops for the highest quality food products, fashion brands and cutting-edge trends. Morning, noon and night, the ByWard Market has something just for you. Easily accessible on foot, by transit or by car, it offers a unique experience for all. SHOP - TASTE - LIVE Experience the ByWard Market

700 m
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.

2,9 km
Slow down as you cross the Alexandra Bridge because the view is quite something. As you head towards Montcalm Street, you will see the old E.B. Eddy match factory, a true remnant of the industrial era. You will also see beautiful little Théâtre de l'île.
Brasseurs du Temps
170, rue Montcalm
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 2M2

Les Brasseurs du Temps, the first microbrewery in the Outaouais region, is the cultural destination that makes it the heartbeat of the city. Our gourmet table, full of tasty products will find its pairing amongs one of the 17 beers offered at all times. The BDT is also an atmosphere you have always dreamed of!

81,4 km
Enjoy the best of the highway and the smaller roads. As you reach Thurso, leave Highway 50 and follow Road 148 along the Ottawa River. Just outside Thurso is a rest area with a view like nowhere else.
Fairmont Le Château Montebello
392, rue Notre-Dame
Montebello (Québec) J0V 1L0

Conveniently located halfway between Montreal and Ottawa, the world's largest log castle truly represents what you would expect of a "true Canadian experience." This architectural marvel has 211 guestrooms and two restaurants with exquisite menus featuring regional products. Beautiful surroundings and year-round activities offer over 40 exciting adventures, including golf, Canada’s only Land Rover Experience Driving School, and a spa.

7,4 km
After a royal treatment at Fairmont le Château Montebello, head to Parc Oméga. You can buy carrots at the entrance of the park; remember to keep some for the end, as the wapitis at the beginning are real glutons!
Parc Oméga
399, route 323 Nord
Montebello (Québec) J0V 1L0

At the wheel of your vehicle, follow a winding 15-km road through this 890-hectare wildlife park (the only one of its kind in Quebec) and observe wild animals in their natural habitat. You'll see bison, wapiti, bears, fallow deer, white-tailed deer, moose, wild goats, wolves, and more! Step out of your car and go for a hike along the lakeside trail among the white-tailed deer. In spring, visit the new maple sugar camp, and in summer, enjoy a variety of activities.