Westbound on a dogsled
A huge playground, playful dogs in snowy trails, and a rich built heritage. That's what you'll find in the Pontiac this winter! Even the landscpaes you'll see on the way there will amaze you with its immensity and serenity. After a good hearty meal to give you strength for an afternoon outside in the cold, you'll spend the afternoon dogsledding (and potentially a lot more than that, as you'll see!) in this huge wooded territory before ending you day in a bustling ancestral manor.
LAubergiste will seduce you with its specialties and its menu that's renewed daily, after which the dogs and staff at Escapade Eskimo will win your heart! More than a dogsledding company, the sheer quantity of year-round activities one can do there will impress you and you'll tell yourself you have to come back. Not to be undone, Auberge Spruceholme Inn guarantees to make you revisit the Pontiac's history in the former residence of lumber baron George Bryson, a character central to the region's development. On the walls, original pictures of Canadian politicians and handwritten letters by key historical figures are hanging. Visiting Spruceholem is revisiting Canadian history.
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Points of interest
Gatineau (Québec) J9H 3L5
This new bistro-style restaurant invites you to enjoy traditional dishes with a contemporary touch in a friendly and casual setting. The menu features 13 small entrées and a selection of daily blackboard specials. Live music several nights a week, outdoor summer patio.
Otter Lake (Québec) J0X 2P0
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.
Fort-Coulonge (Québec) J0X 1V0
It was here, in 1695, that Nicolas D’Ailleboust, Sieur de Coulonge, established the region’s first fur trading post. The legacy of 19th-century lumber baron George Bryson endures in the municipality’s superb architectural heritage. Stroll through the village and admire three magnificent Victorian homes, including "Spruceholme," built by George Bryson, Jr. and now being run as an inn, meticulously restored with many of its original furnishings and archival photographs. The religious heritage of Fort-Coulonge is equally impressive: you’ll be amazed by the many beautiful stained-glass windows.
Fort-Coulonge (Québec) J0X 1V0
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. Located in the Ottawa River valley of Canada's timeless Pontiac region, Spruceholme is leisurely drive from the Nation's Capital and only minutes from golfing, skiing, cycling and snowmobiling trails and white water rafting and canoeing as well as across the street from skating and fishing on the Ottawa River. Bryson's Bistro du bûcheron on site open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night and for brunch on Sunday.