Your own private Western

The Outaouais is made of beautiful sceneries. Contemplating them from the the road can be breathtaking but there's nothing quite like riding in a serene setting on the back of a horse. Take a day to reconnect with nature; first by feasting your eyes on a magnificent site and then by bonding with a horse in the picturesque Petite-Nation La Lièvre.

Before going to El Pequeno ranch for a day of horseback riding, stop at the Plaisance Falls. The site was once the core of the village of North Nation Mills, of which not much is left today. Breathe in the fresh air. Isn't it a lovely day to be outside? Have dinner at the Café du Bistrot in Saint-André-Avellin and, in July, end your day at a professional rodeo during the Festival western de St-André-Avellin; it's the kind of day that's good for the soul!

day of natural beauty

Points of interest

100 Malo Rd.
Plaisance (Québec) J0V 1S0

Visit the Plaisance Falls historic site, a great spot for a picnic with family or friends! A scenic lookout, observation points and a hiking trail let you get right up close to the site's spectacular natural beauty. With their 63-metre vertical drop, the Falls were an important economic factor in the founding of the 19th-century village of North Nation Mills, now just a memory. On-site interpretive activities bring to life this important chapter in the history of the Petite-Nation.

11 km
For more than 35 years, El Pequeno ranch has been an equestrian paradise!
850 Rt. 321
Papineauville (Québec) JOV 1RO

Whether it’s for a one-hour ride or a day-long excursion, Ranch El Pequeno will enchant you! Indoor riding ring, riding lessons, sleigh rides, farm tours and old-fashioned sugar shack. School recognized by Cheval Québec (Quebec equestrian federation).

8 km
A day of horseback riding will open your appetite! Take Road 321 and cross the village of Saint-André-Avellin until you reach Le Café du Bistrot. Check to your left when you cross the Petite-Nation River. You will see the statue of the Angel of the River.
198 Principale St.
Saint-André-Avellin (Québec) J0V 1W0

Fresh, modern, creative and refined cuisine, well worth a trip to St-André-Avellin! Wood-fired pizza.

1 km
After dinner on a nice July evening, walk to the Festival western de St-André-Avellin, a real professional rodeo. It's just a few minutes away!
530 Charles-Auguste-Montreuil St.
Saint-André-Avellin (Québec) J0V 1W0

Bring out your inner cowboy at the Saint-André-Avellin Western Festival! This week-long professional rodeo, the only one of its kind in the region, also features live theatre, comedy shows, performances by pop and country singers, horseback riding demonstrations, and children’s activities. Be sure to visit the Artisans’ Alley!