Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, in the northern part of the region, is the largest territory in the Outaouais. Encompassing 3,200 lakes and part of the La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve, this huge natural playground is a paradise for lovers of outdoor activities. Cycling, camping, water sports—you’ll find them all here, and lots of outfitters besides, from family-oriented businesses to more rustic enter¬prises, some in remote areas accessible only by hydroplane. At Poisson-Blanc Regional Park, you can even rent your own island! Snowmobilers and ATV riders can explore over 600 km of marked trails, and for motor¬cyclists, the Route des Draveurs (“log drivers’ route”) offers 140 km of unforgettable views and convenient roadside rest stops. The town of Maniwaki is home to several interpretation centres where you can learn about forest fire prevention, white-tailed deer, and Aboriginal culture.