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

55 ByWard Market Square Street
Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 9C3

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
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 9N4

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. In addition to the permanent collection, special exhibitions in 2019 include Gauguin: Portraits and the Indigenous Quinquennial. 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.
170 Montcalm Street
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 2M2

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.
392 Notre-Dame Street
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 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!
399 Hwy 323 North
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, wild boars, wolves, and more! Step out of your car and go for a hike along the lakeside interpretive trail among the white-tailed deer. In spring, visit the new maple sugar camp, and in summer, enjoy a variety of activities.