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Relaxation in the Petite-Nation

Life sure is simpler in a jacuzzi. In the Outaouais, let nature and your hosts' good cares melt the stress of everyday life away.
Take time off in the Petite-Nation and soak in the beauty of the surroundings. Fall in love with this part of the region's magical scenery. Be dazzled by the panorama along Route des Zingues' trails. Enjoy a meal at le Café du Bistrot in St-André-Avellin, with an innovative cuisine highlighting the very best of the region's fresh products. After a full day, rest at more than cozy Auberge Petite-Nation. The next day, make a surprisingly zen expedition with Meute Tanwen.

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Points of interest

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Gagnon Lake Rd.
Duhamel (Québec)
Canada

The Route des Zingues trail (a play on “route des Indes,” the fabled sea route to India) winds between Gagnon and Preston Lakes in the municipality of Duhamel. One of the most beautiful sections of the Quebec National Trail, it will eventually connect to the Laurentian part of the National Trail at La Minerve and Labelle via Mount Resther in the Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve. During hunting season, it is strictly forbidden to be in the Papineau-Labelle Reserve unless you have a permit issued by the RFPL (from P3 to P7). At P1, in Pimatina Park, DOGS ARE PROHIBITED.

7 km
Once you're done excercising, you'll deserve your final destination. When you pass through Duhamel, stop at the rest area. The falls on the Petite-Nation river are worth the detour.
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1890 Principale St.
Duhamel (Québec) J0V 1G0
Canada

A prime destination for outdoor lovers, Duhamel has more than 50 km of hiking and snowshoeing trails (part of Quebec’s National Hiking Trail) offering spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. This vast forested territory attracts fishers and hunters as well as ATV and snowmobile enthusiasts, and is also popular for cycling, canoeing, river tubing, cross-country skiing, skating and ice fishing. Winter brings a special treat: deerwatching right in the village!

46 km
At Café du Bistrot, pizzas are cooked in a wood oven. A must!
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198 Principale St.
Saint-André-Avellin (Québec) J0V 1W0
Canada

Fresh, modern, creative and refined cuisine, well worth a trip to St-André-Avellin! Wood-fired pizza.

1 km
Did you know that the hostel offers bike rental, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing?
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35 Principale St.
Saint-André-Avellin (Québec) J0V 1W0
Canada

In the heart of Saint-André-Avellin, the Auberge Petite-Nation offers comfortable accommodation at very reasonable rates. It’s located right next to several charming cross-country and snowshoe trails, and ski rental is included in the price of your room.

45 km
Before booking your ride, check the possibilities: driving your own team, night walks, or expedition with overnight stay in forest or chalet.
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135 Chenail du Moine Rd.
Montpellier (Québec) J0V 1M0
Canada

The Tanwen Pack offers sportives dog sled rides since 2005. One hour, two hours or more are offered to discover this ancestral sport through the lush forests of the Petite Nation. Indeed, it's in Lac-Simon that the musher, Eric Pichette, will teach you how to drive your own team of 4 dogs while following a guide (seating is available on request). Get ready to have fun, to go beyond your limits.