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The Pontiac on a motorcycle

Visiting the Pontiac is like visiting a far-away land without having to go very far. Breathtaking landscapes are the undisputed rulers of this immense territory punctuated by small towns where architecture and culture bear witness to the local population's diverse origins. Crossing rolling farmland and forests, the roads here are perfect for a motorcycle trip that is guaranteed to amaze you every time.

The many towns of the Pontiac overflow with natural and cultural attractions that will make your ride most enjoyable. You will cross the PPJ Cyclopark, a former railroad that was converted into a 92 km bike trail with incredible views on the Ottawa River and many artists' workshops at the four corners of the sector.

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Points of interest

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1 Du Casino Blvd.
Gatineau (Québec) J8Y 6W3
Canada

An oasis of entertainment just five minutes from Parliament Hill, the Casino du Lac-Leamy features a wide selection of slot machines and gaming tables, including Texas Hold’em poker, as well as a multigame space with live hosts. Enjoy the Casino’s exciting atmosphere, and unwind at the five-star Hilton Lac-Leamy hotel. Discover a variety of bars and restaurants and a nightclub, and spend an entertaining evening at the Théâtre du Casino. 18+.

17 km
From St-Raymond Blvd, take a right on Pink Road and right again on Chemin de la Montagne. To your right on is the Eardley Escarpment, natural boundary between the Canadian Shield and the St.Lawrence Lowlands that stretch to the Ottawa Valley. It is part of Gatineau Park and if you turn right on Hôtel-de-ville Road, you can reach the Luskville Falls Trail.
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398 Eardley Road
Gatineau (Québec) J9J 2Y9
Canada

This agritourism farm grows fruits and vegetables, including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, sweet corn, pumpkins, and squash. Experience the pleasures of picking your own fruit. Potager Eardley also makes artisanal ice cream, gelato, sorbet, and frozen yogurt.

98 km
Passing through Portage-du-fort, reach Campbell's Bay and be sure to stop at Litchfield Municipality's rest area that will be on your left just after the village. You won't get a view of the Ottawa Valley like this one anywhere else.
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300 Principale Street
Mansfield-et-Pontefract (Québec) J0X 1R0
Canada

The Marchand covered bridge, the longest covered bridge still in use in Quebec, was built in 1898 by Augustus Brown of Beachburg. The 153-metre structure replaced two older bridges spanning the Coulonge River and linking the lumber camp on one shore to the village of Fort Coulonge on the other. Built entirely of pine and held up by six wooden pillars, the one-way bridge was covered so that it wouldn’t rot. Currently undergoing restoration, the bridge adds charm to the picturesque Coulonge River.

23 km
Félix-Gabriel-Marchand Bridge is the longest driveable covered bridge in Québec. Right across the 148 is George Bryson Cultural House, a historical monument bearing witness to the Pontiac's rich history. Once you reach Waltham, take a left to head to Isle-aux-Allumettes.
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6895 Hwy 148
L'Isle-aux-Allumettes (Québec) J0X 1M0
Canada

The tourist information station in the municipality of L’Isle-aux-Allumettes welcomes visitors to the RCM of Pontiac, in the Outaouais. On site you’ll find maps of Quebec, the Outaouais region, the RCM of Pontiac, and the municipality (including information on where to find local services, businesses, accommodations, restaurants and main attractions), as well as a display of various tourist pamphlets (regional, local, cultural, etc.). Emergency numbers are also posted at the station. Access to a payphone and a power source. Accessible to persons with limited mobility.

134 km
On Isle-aux-Allumettes, follow the indications for Chapeau and cross the bridge. ??Take a right on Chapeau-Waltham Road to get back on the 148. As you head back towards Gatineau, take the time to stop in Shawville, grab lunch at Café 349, and admire the architecture. Road 148 will take you in the sector of Aylmer and once there, follow Eardley Road instead of turning on des Allumettières Blvd. You will end up in picturesque Vieux-Aylmer.
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115 Principale Street
Gatineau (Québec) J9H 3M2
Canada

A unique main street in the heart of a heritage district: Principale Street. Come admire its stately homes and discover its many treasures: fine chocolatiers, a bakery, gourmet restaurants, gourmet food shops, sausage makers, art and craft galleries, the widest selection of beer in Quebec, magnificent patios and cafés, a tea house, and breathtaking sunsets over the Ottawa River. APICA (the Association des professionnels, commerçants et industriels of Aylmer) presents free events throughout the year.