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

58 Principale Street
Gatineau (Québec) J9H 3L5

This lively gastropub 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.

108 km
On your right along road 148 is Eardley Escarpment, the natural border between the Canadian Shield and the St. Lawrence Lowlands. To get to Otter Lake, you can take either Road 303 North in Shawville or Road 301 North in Campbell's Bay.
1378 Hwy 301
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? Several packages available.

53 km
On you way to Fort-Coulonge, stop at Halte municiaple de Litchfield, the road stop just at the exit of Campbell's Bay. The view on the Ottawa Valley is breathtaking! Once in Fort-Coulonge, a little walk to Félix-Gabriel-Marchand Bridge through (manor alley) is a must. It's the only covered bridge in Québec built in the 19th century north of the St.Lawrence!
300 Principale Street
Mansfield-et-Pontefract (Québec) J0X 1R0

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.

3 km
Once at Auberge Spruceholme Inn, you can enjoy a great meal at Bryson's Bistro du Bûcheron. If you have the chance, have a chat with Mrs. Jane Toller, the owner of the place. She is original owner Geoprge Bryson's great-granddaughter.
204 Principale Street
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. 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.