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Snowmobile in the Pontiac

Visit a part of the region that has a lot to offer: the Pontiac, a region built by proud immigrants from diverse backgrounds and enriched by the lumber trade. For this snowmobile excursion, start at Portage-du-Fort and cross the old inter-provincial railway bridge, reopened in 2016 as a dedicated snowmobile bridge. Travel north for 76 km to your first overnight stop, Escapade Eskimo. The owners of this enchanting spot run a dogsledding operation, but also provide a place to rest and relax: a lodge with two bedrooms, kitchen and hot tub. If you’re with a bigger group, you may want something a little less romantic, in which case a cozy cabin at the Squaw Lake Outfitter should fill the bill! The next day, destination Fort Coulonge!

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1378 Hwy 301
Otter Lake (Québec) J0X 2P0
Canada

Travel along magnificent lakeside and woodland trails in the scenic Pontiac. Escapade Eskimo offers visitors a memorable dogsledding experience. Why not round off the activity with a relaxing soak in the indoor hot tub? Different packages are available.

84 km
To get to Chapeau, in the municipality of L'Isle-aux-Allumettes, for lunch, head south on trail 311, and just before Ladysmith, in the municipality of Thorne turn right onto the 43. Pull over at the Ancienne Banque restaurant and microbrewery on l'Isle-aux-Allumettes.
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76 Saint Jacques Street
Chapeau (Québec) J0X 1M0
Canada

L'Ancienne Banque is a new restaurant and brew-pub on l’Isle-aux-Allumettes that has quickly gained a great reputation! The establishment brews craft beer from local hops, features a lovely pub-style restaurant and bar and is a hub for local musical talent.

34 km
After lunch, make a detour to Quebec’s longest covered bridge, the Marchand Bridge, at Mansfield-et-Pontefract and the historic home of a lumber baron, George Bryson House. Finish the day at the Bistro du Bucheron.
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204 Principale Street
Fort-Coulonge (Québec) J0X1V0
Canada

Bryson’s Bistro du Bucheron of Fort Coulonge can accommodate up to 84 guests. With its rustic ambiance and intimate setting, it is the perfect location for lunch, dinner or a special event. The bistro is open Wednesday to Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner and Sunday for brunch and dinner.

A fine meal and a comfortable bed just steps away—who could ask for anything more?
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204 Principale Street
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.