Route

PONTIAC – IN THE NIMBLE FOOTSTEPS OF THE LOG DRIVERS

In the western part of the Outaouais lies the Pontiac territory, just waiting to be discovered! Long before the arrival of Champlain and the fur traders, the First Nations controlled traffic on the river. Besides stunning natural landscapes, the area boasts a history rich in stories of the log drive, lumber barons, and eclectic communities. Follow the route to a canyon, a former railway station now home to a collection of artifacts, an impressive covered bridge, and a stately heritage inn.

Plan your trip from west, at Coulonge Falls Park, who combine history and adventure.

Tools
  • Weather forecast
1
Tourist Route

Points of interest

1
100 Parc-des-Chutes Drive
Mansfield-et-Pontefract (Québec) J0X 1R0
Canada

Discover Coulonge Falls Park in the heart of the Pontiac, and enjoy history, culture and outdoor adventure! Stroll along the hiking trails, where you’ll find displays of artifacts and information about the log drive. For a real thrill, try the aerial obstacle courses (for adults and children) or the giant zip lines leading to the Via Ferrata. An ideal destination for an active day out with family, friends or work colleagues.

8.6 km
DISCOVER PART OF THE PONTIAC’S STORY IN THIS IMPRESSIVE GEORGIAN-STYLE HOME WHICH FACES THE LONGEST COVERED BRIDGE IN QUEBEC.
2
314 Rt. 148
Mansfield-et-Pontefract (Québec) J0X 1R0
Canada

The elegant George Bryson Cultural House, designated a historic site by the Province of Quebec, is located just down the road from Quebec’s longest covered bridge. Browse the museum to discover the fascinating history of the Pontiac region and the Bryson family. Interested in family history? Explore the genealogical archives, where the volunteers will be happy to help you discover your family tree.

3.6 km
After a full day of exploring, sleep like a lumber baron at the Spruceholme Inn. Under the same roof, enjoy the food of the Bistro du bucheron.
3
204 Principale St.
Fort-Coulonge (Québec) J0X 1V0
Canada

Nowhere is traditional elegance better expressed than in this Heritage Home, one of the most important historic landmarks in the area. Spruceholme was built in 1875 by George Bryson Jr. and his bride Helen Craig. The estate is located and only minutes from golfing, skiing, cycling, whitewater rafting and snowmobiling trails as well as across the street from skating and fishing on the Ottawa River. Bryson's Bistro du bûcheron on site is opened every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night and for brunch on Sunday.

26 km
Hit the road again the next morning for the ultimate adventure : tackling the Ottawa River’s powerful rapids! An adrenaline-packed day that will make you want to stay overnight!
4
1041 Rt. 148
Bryson (Québec) J0X 1H0
Canada

Rafting Momentum offers you the ultimate white water rafting experience on the most beautiful river in Quebec! Their mission: to provide you with an unforgettable experience, and more time on the water than any other company. Ride the waves on this river with world-class rapids, where every wave is hit at its highest point for maximum fun and excitement. Their professional guides ensure that every trip matches your abilities and expectations. Adventure, classic and family rafting available. Several 2-day packages offered. Only one hour from Gatineau–Ottawa.

15 km
Café 349 in Shawville is definitely worth a visit. Watch their menu: the specials change regularly.
5
349 Main St.
Shawville (Québec) J0X 2Y0
Canada

Located next door to the National Bank, Café 349 is the place to stop and eat! This charming local bistro was featured in the Ottawa Citizen’s Five Worth the Drive article. The Café proudly uses local ingredients, and offers wholesome food and decadent homemade desserts. Reservations are recommended.