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PAPINEAU (PETITE-NATION LA LIÈVRE) – ON THE TRAIL OF THE SEIGNEURS

Where does the name Petite-Nation (“little nation”) come from? From the territory’s original inhabitants, the Weskarini people, also known as the Algonquin Little Nation. Later on, in the days of European settlement, this relatively calm stretch of the Ottawa River was plied by steamboats and their seigneurs (lords). Discover the Papineau family’s ancestral manor, Plaisance Falls and its vanished village, and a national park that’s home to thousands of birds. After lunch in the village of Montebello, you’re off to Parc Oméga.

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497 Notre-Dame Street
Montebello (Québec) J0V 1L0
Canada

A gourmet snack bar with a focus on local and regional products. Homemade fries, creative classic burgers and vegi-burgers, upscale poutines, and hot dogs (classic or made with artisanal sausage) served with homemade condiments. The dairy bar serves a raviety of frozen desserts. Under new management since summer 2018.

4.6 km
Travel back in time on the Colonization Trail leading to a trading post, and along the First Nations Trail, admire the totem poles representing the 11 First Nations of Quebec.
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399 Hwy 323 North
Montebello (Québec) J0V 1L0
Canada

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.

20.7 km
Time to take a break! Choose your relaxation destination: the world’s largest log building, the Fairmont Le Château Montebello; or the peace and quiet of nature in Plaisance National Park. Leave before sunset and make a stop in Papineauville.
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1001 Des Presqu'Îles Road
Plaisance (Québec) JOV 1SO
Canada

Located on a series of islands in the Ottawa River, the Parc national de Plaisance is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, particularly birdwatchers: over 230 species can be observed all year. Witness the stunning sight of birds and ducks migrating, and turtles laying their eggs. Discover the park by hiking or biking the 26-km trail network, canoeing or kayaking through its lush environment, or participating in an interpretive activity. Rent a farmhouse, a traditional ready-to-camp tent or one of 120 campsites and extend your back-to-nature experience!

6.4 km
Discover the park’s natural beauty by canoe or bicycle, then visit the Plaisance Falls to learn more about the history of this part of the region, a thriving village, now vanished.
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100 Malo Road
Plaisance (Québec) J0V 1S0
Canada

Visit the Plaisance Falls historic site, a great spot for a picnic with family or friends! A scenic lookout, observation points and a hiking trail let you get right up close to the site’s spectacular natural beauty. With their 63-metre vertical drop, the Falls were an important economic factor in the founding of the 19th-century village of North Nation Mills, now just a memory. On-site interpretive activities bring to life this important chapter in the history of the Petite-Nation.