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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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, Pink Lake and Lusk Cave. 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 1R5
A precious Canadian legacy in Gatineau Park. This 231-hectare country estate once belonged to Canada’s 10th prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King. After spending almost 50 years (1903–1950) beautifying and expanding his property, King bequeathed his beloved estate to all Canadians. Go back in time with a visit to the faithfully restored cottages (which are now museums), historic ruins, lush gardens, and the popular Mackenzie King Tearoom. The Estate in Bloom: August 3 to 5, 2019. Labour Day at the Estate: August 31 to September 2, 2019. 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 terraces.
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.