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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.

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2 days
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Points of interest

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55 ByWard Market Square St.
Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 9C3
Canada

Established in 1826 by Lt.-Col. John By, the ByWard Market is one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets. It’s also home to friendly cafés, bistros, restaurants and pubs, fine food stores, boutiques, art galleries, hairdressing and esthetic salons, and lots more! Easily accessible on foot, by transit or by car, it offers a unique experience for all. Shop – taste – experience the ByWard Market!

0.7 km
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380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 9N4
Canada

See Canada's visual arts treasures within the lively Ottawa ByWard Market. Discover the remarkable stories that have shaped this country in the completely reinvented Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Love photography? Don't miss the Gallery's new Canadian Photography Institute. If the great masters are more your style, the Gallery is your destination for the country's finest collection of European art. Come celebrate creativity at one of Canada's most impressive landmarks.

5.1 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.
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170 Montcalm St.
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 2M2
Canada

Les Brasseurs du Temps, the first microbrewery in the Outaouais region, is a tourist, cultural and social destination that sets the heartbeat of the city. The gourmet menu is packed with tasty options. Complement your meal with one of the 17 beers available at all times. The BDT, the pub you’ve always dreamed of!

80 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.
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392 Notre-Dame St.
Montebello (Québec) J0V 1L0
Canada

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 210 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 off-road Experience, and a spa.

4.5 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!
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399 Rt. 323 North
Montebello (Québec) J0V 1L0
Canada

In your own vehicle, drive 15 km of winding roads through an 890-hectare park. With its unique formula in Quebec, Parc Omega introduces, over the seasons, species of animals living in their natural habitat. Discover the Canadian nature, wildlife, history and culture of the 11 First Nations of Quebec. The Park offers many activities, including walking trails, picnic areas, shows and entertainment, restaurants, the Old Farm visit and much more. Added to this are unusual accommodations as well as a brand new illuminated night trail in sounds and lights to discover nature's beauty.