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
The Apprentice Inn is part of the newly formed 31 mile lake regional park. 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 four suites at The Apprentice Inn or one of six rooms at the Auberge Minitik.
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 has a vertical elevation of 400 metres. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the 13 km of marked trails for hiking in summer and snowshoeing in winter. An 18-metre observation tower offers breathtaking views of a dozen lakes, including Blue Sea Lake. At the mountain’s summit are a lookout and a shelter with wood stove.
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 vues. The Véloroute des Draveurs trail is 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. The surface of 44 km is gravel-dust and asphalted on 28 km from Messines to Gracefield. In the winter, the trail is used for snowmobiling.