The Collines in Lycra!
You're a fit couple and you love cycling and challenges. This route is for you! How about a romantic weekend combined with some personal goal-setting? Hop on your bike and ride to the Champlain Lookout in Gatineau Park (vertical elevation 335 metres). Your reward after a long climb is a spectacular view of the Ottawa Valley. Your next stop is the charming and historic Mackenzie King Estate. It's like travelling back in time to the early 1900s. Stroll through the beautiful gardens, explore the ruins scattered around the property, and enjoy a cup of tea on the verandah. Your itinerary ends at the Chelsea Pub, a village institution that's been welcoming thirsty travellers since 1875. After your meal, it's time to relax! Soothe those tense muscles at Nordik Spa-Nature, North America's largest Scandinavian spa, and spend a restful night at the ultra-romantic Wakefield Mill Hotel & Spa!
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Chelsea (Québec) J9B 1R6
Visit Gatineau Park, with over 361 km2 of hills and forest only 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa–Gatineau. Enjoy a picnic at Champlain Lookout, which overlooks the Ottawa Valley, or step back in time at the Mackenzie King Estate. The Estate features architectural ruins, romantic gardens, newly renovated cottages, interactive exhibits and the Mackenzie King Tearoom. Whether you come by bicycle or by car, the Park’s network of parkways offers a scenic view of the region.
Chelsea (Québec) J9B 1R5
Immerse yourself in the pastoral atmosphere of the last century by visiting this estate covering 230 hectares and located in Gatineau Park. For almost 50 years, it was the summer home of William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada's 10th prime minister. Visitors can stroll along paths, visit the restored cottages, amble through the gardens and admire the ruins or stop for lunch at the Moorside Tearoom. Interpretation guides, audiovisual presentations and interpretation panels present a picture of Canada at that time.
Chelsea (Québec) J9B 2P7
Located at the entrance of Gatineau Park, only 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa, Nordik Spa-Nature is the largest spa in North America. Enjoy the benefits of thermotherapy in our world-class facilities inspired by some of the best Scandinavian traditions: 10 outdoor baths, 9 unique saunas, indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, restaurant and lounge with terraces. Treat yourself to a massage, a body treatment or our Källa treatment, one of the only two salt water floating pool in America! The Espace Banyä also steals the show! On the ground floor, discover the Russian sauna and the exfoliation room. Upstairs, take meditation or yoga break in our relaxation room. Let yourself be carried away by a joyful atmosphere rich with history thanks to Banyä Treatment, a ritual inspired by a Russian tradition offered in 4 steps.
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, four-star country 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.