Skis, a spa, and a savoury meal
If you and your loved one enjoy winter as much as you enjoy living it to the max, you just have to go to Chelsea! About 15 minutes north of Gatineau, it's the perfect place for those seeking fresh air, good food, and relaxation. Chelsea being the main entrance to Gatineau Park, you will have access to many cross-country ski trails.
After your effort, reward yourself with some excellent roasted coffee or a local beer, and relax your muscles at the Scandinavian spa. Finish off your beautiful day a little further north, in the quaint village of Wakefield. The next day, put your skates in a fairy place.
Points of interest
Chelsea (Québec) J9B 1R6
Come and visit Gatineau Park, a natural oasis covering 361 km2 of hills and forest. Its rich biodiversity and proximity to downtown make it a real paradise for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, canoeing, and cross-country skiing. Must-sees include the Mackenzie King Estate, Champlain Lookout and Philippe Lake. Extend your visit by camping or staying in a cabin, available year round. Gatineau Park is managed and protected by the National Capital Commission.
Chelsea (Québec) J9B 2P7
Located at the entrance of Gatineau Park, only 10 minutes from downtown Gatineau—Ottawa, Nordik Spa-Nature is a relaxation haven. Discover the benefits of thermotherapy and enhance your experience with a massage, a body treatment, the Källa treatment—one of only two salt-water floating pools in America—or Banyä, a treatment inspired by Russian traditions. Nordik Spa-Nature is the largest spa in North America, with 10 outdoor baths, 9 saunas, indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, a restaurant, a lounge and a Biërgarden with patios.
La Pêche (Québec) J0X 3G0
Imagine a place so serene, yet so conveniently close to Canada's capital. First built in 1838, the Wakefield Mill Hotel & Spa is now a charming boutique hotel surrounded by the splendid Gatineau Park and the picturesque village of Wakefield. It offers 42 unique guest rooms, a dining room specializing in fine cuisine québécoise, The Heron Room Bistro restaurant, a full-treatment spa with outdoor massage tent, two outdoor hot tubs and swimming pool, five meeting/banquet rooms, as well as a cozy fireplace lounge.
Lac-des-Loups (Québec) J0X 3K0
Skaters of all ages are invited to discover 3 km of ice trails through a forest, within 45 minutes of Gatineau–Ottawa. There’s a heated building on site where you can lace up your skates, and rest areas along the trail where you can sit back and enjoy the scenery, birds and squirrels. A charming new spot to discover with family and friends! Free for children 5 and under.