Outdoor discoveries by bike
"Discover the hidden treasures of the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, whose sparkling lakes are dotted with hundreds of islands just waiting to be explored.
Start your tour at the Auberge Majopial, an amazing tourist resort on Thirty-One Mile Lake. You can choose to stay in the main lodge, in a cottage or on an island! And at the inn's gourmet restaurant, Huile d'olive, you get to choose your wine from the cellar. This is also the site of the Pôle d'excellence en récréotourisme Outaouais (PERO), which offers workshops in stand-up paddling (SUP), including SUP yoga!
Back on dry land, explore Mount Morissette's 13 km of groomed hiking trails before checking in at the Auberge du Draveur in Maniwaki.
For the return trip, take the Véloroute des Draveurs, a 72-km recreational trail built on the site of a disused railway line, with several rest stops along the way. Cycle along the shore of beautiful Blue Sea Lake, and if you're up for an extra challenge, take a detour to the observation tower on Mont Cayamant. Climb 688 steps (563 up the mountainside and 125 to the tower) and admire the spectacular view!
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Points of interest
Bouchette (Québec) J0X 1E0
If you’re planning a family, friend or couples getaway, you will find everything you need to relax and have a blast. The facilities and enchanting decor also make Village Majopial the ideal location for weddings and corporate events. Stay in one of the lovely cottages or enjoy one of the 4 suites at The Apprentice Inn, located in the municipality of Bouchette in the Gatineau Valley. Only 1 hour and 30 minutes from Gatineau-Ottawa. You can rent a canoe, kayak or paddle board at the marina and enjoy a meal at the L'Huile d'Olive restaurant on site.
Blue Sea (Québec)
Located 115 km north of Gatineau/Ottawa, in the municipality of Blue Sea, Mount Morissette occupies an area of 589 hectares and rises to a height of 400 meters. Outdoor enthusiasts will greatly appreciate the 13 km of marked hiking trails through the mountain, also accessible in the winter for snowshoeing. An 18 meter observation tower offers breathtaking views of the Valley: 360° of scenery. At the summit of the mountain, you will also find a shelter with wood stove, a lookout and a heritage fire tower and educational panels on the history of fire towers. A HEIGHTENING EXPERIENCE! Starting point: N46 13.164 W76 05.977
Maniwaki (Québec) J9E 2B5
Conveniently located in the heart of Maniwaki, the Auberge du Draveur offers a relaxing atmosphere where guests can enjoy the fitness room and spa facilities (spas, saunas and pool). Whether you are looking for rest and relaxation or for a home away from home, enjoy the area's multiple outdoor activities. They offer a variety of packages (relaxation, fitness and fun, etc.) to meet your individual needs. Should you be traveling on business or planning your next gathering, the conference rooms are at your disposal.
Low à Messines (Québec)
This bike path will lead you though our vast open spaces and scenic vistas. The Véloroute des Draveurs trail is a part of the Trans Canada Trail, and spreads out on over 72 km including a variety of geological sites where flora and fauna are omnipresent. Once you approach the Municipalities of Blue Sea and Messines, you will be riding along the breathtaking Blue Sea Lake; many strategic rest-stops are featured along the way. In the summer the surface of 51 km is gravel-dust and 21 km from Messines to Gracefield were recently paved. In the winter, the trail is used for snowmobiling.