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                                                     Profile of the
                                                     Outaouais Overview
                                               10    Must-see Attractions
                                               14    Sectors
                                               32    Routes

                                          43   ->    Travel by
                                               44    Local Flavours
                                               50    Great Outdoors
                                               72    Vibrant Cities and Festivities
                                               84    Culture and Living History
                                               98    Winter Fun
                                               105   Road Trips
                                               110   Hunting and Fishing
                                               112   Business Events

                                          117 ->     Accommodations
                                                     and Places to Eat
                                               118   Accommodations
                                               132   Places to Eat

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                                                     Useful Information
                                               150   Travelling in Québec

                                 5        153 ->     Index

                                          157 ->     Maps and

                                                     Use the regional map located in
                                                     the section at the end of the guide
                                                     to find your way around easily.

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The Outaouais on the Web                                                                                                                                          Profile of the Region

    The Outaouais
    on the Web
    In addition to the tourism guide, we have a selection of                                                                     7    ->    Outaouais
    web tools to help inspire, plan and share your trip.                                                                                    Overview
                                                                                                                                 10   ->    Must-see

    Website                                             Facebook                                                                 14   ->    Sectors
    Wondering where to eat, where to sleep, and         This is the place to connect with us, find events                             14  Gatineau
    what to do in the Outaouais? Our website is THE     and activities throughout the year, and discover                              18  Ottawa
    regional reference. Find activities grouped under   new attractions!                                                              19		Vallée-de-la-Gatineau
    various themes. Consult the Business section to                                                                                   22		Pontiac
    plan your next corporate event. Read the blogs                                                                                    25		Collines-de-l'Outaouais
    for an in-depth look at the Outaouais.                                                                                            28		Petite Nation

                                                                                                                                                                            of the Region
                                                                                                                                 32   ->    Routes
                                                                                                                                      32    Local Flavours in
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                                                                                                                                      34    Great Outdoors in the
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                                                                                                                                      36    Gatineau: Vibrant City
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    getaway to the Outaouais. Don’t forget to           Find out what we’re up to across the                                          38    Winter Fun in the
    share your #OutaouaisFun photos with us!            region and around the world.                                                        Collines-de-l’Outaouais
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Outaouais Overview – Profile of the Region                                                                  Profile of the Region – Outaouais Overview


                                                                                          The Outaouais offers the perfect mix of proximity and
                                                                                          diversity. In the blink of an eye, one goes from the
                                                                                          downtown core to a rural setting. There’s something
                                                                                          for everybody: nature lovers, foodies, culture and
                                                                                          history buffs.

                                                                                                                                           Parc régional du lac 31 milles

                                                                                          An hour’s drive from Montreal           the arrival of the American Loyalist
                                                                                          and four hours from Toronto,            Philemon Wright in 1800 that the
                                                                                          the Outaouais region is one of          Outaouais region really began to
                                                                                          three official gateways to Quebec.      flourish, mainly because of the
                                                                                          Located in the southwestern corner      logging industry. Historically, the
                                                                                          of the province, it’s bounded by the    region is known for the log drives
                                                                                          Abitibi-Témiscamingue region, the       on the Coulonge, Gatineau and
                                                                                          Laurentian mountains, and Ottawa,       Ottawa rivers, the “matchstick

    Welcome to
                                                                                          Canada’s capital. It’s no coincidence   houses” of Old Hull, the Great
                                                                                          that the first signs of human           Ottawa–Hull Fire of 1900, the
                                                                                          occupation in the Outaouais date        “Little Chicago” era, and more!
                                                                                          back over 6,000 years! The region’s
                                                                                                                                  The massive log booms floating
                                                                                          strategic location made it an
                                                                                                                                  down the region’s rivers have

    our Region
                                                                                          important meeting place for trade,
                                                                                                                                  given way to whitewater rafting,
                                                                                          cultural exchange and enrichment.
                                                                                                                                  river cruises and other aquatic
                                                                                          The Indigenous inhabitants knew
                                                                                                                                  pursuits. Today, the Outaouais is
                                                                                          all about that!
                                                                                                                                  a gigantic playground just waiting
                                                                                          French explorers Samuel de              to be enjoyed. Composed of five
                                                                                          Champlain and Étienne Brûlé             territories: Gatineau, the urban
                                                                                          journeyed through the region            hub, Collines-de-l’Outaouais,
                                                             Downtown                     in the early 1600s; some two            Petite Nation, Pontiac, and Vallée-
                                                                                          centuries later, the first non-         de-la-Gatineau, the region offers
                                                                                          Indigenous settlers arrived and         an outstanding variety of events
                                                                                          established the local lumber            and attractions for every taste.
                                                                                          industry. However, it wasn’t until

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    Here, you get both quantity and      in intimate performance venues.        outdoor activities. Most popular
    diversity! The Outaouais is an       On both sides of the Ottawa            throughout the region are cycling
    appealing destination for outdoor    River, on foot or by bike, you can     and cross-country skiing, especially

    enthusiasts, foodies, romantic       take it all in: national museums,      in Gatineau Park.
    souls and inquisitive young          art galleries, city sightseeing
                                                                                Whatever the season, you’ll find                                                   JANUARY

    adventurers alike.                   tours, and shopping. And with a                                                                                          TO

                                         Year-round program of special
                                                                                entertaining activities for every                                                FEBRUARY
    The Outaouais offers the perfect                                            member of the family, from visiting
                                         events and festivals, there’s always
    mix of proximity and diversity.                                             wild animals to zip lining through
                                         a celebration going on. For a fun
    In the blink of an eye, one goes                                            the treetops, from exploring the
                                         weekend getaway, Gatineau has
    from the downtown core to a rural                                           depths of an underground cavern
                                         everything you’re looking for!
    setting. There’s something for                                              to touring a national museum.
    everybody: nature lovers, foodies,   Calling all nature lovers: have we
                                                                                Whether you’re looking for bike
    culture, and history buffs.          got a paradise for you! With an
                                                                                paths or snowmobile trails, fresh
                                         area of 33,000 square kilometres
    For urban explorers, Gatineau and                                           local products or family fun, our
                                         encompassing 15,000 lakes and a
    Ottawa offer an eclectic mix of                                             free maps and guides will help you
                                         dozen rivers, the Outaouais is a
    local microbreweries, restaurants                                           make the most of your visit.
    and patios, as well as live shows
                                         great place to enjoy your favourite



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Must-see Attractions – Profile of the Region                                                                                                                                              Profile of the Region – Must-see Attractions


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                                                                                  10                                                            When it comes to cross-country skiing in

                                                                                                                                               the Outaouais, all the superlatives apply!
                                                                                                                                      Gatineau Park alone boasts one of North America’s

                                                                                                                                           most extensive cross-country skiing networks,

                                                                                 t ra t i                                               with 200 km of trails for classic and skate skiing.
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                                                                                                                                                                                               Nordik Spa-Nature
                                                                      Gatineau Park                                                                                                            At the entrance to Gatineau Park, take time to unwind at
                                                                                                                                                                                               the largest spa in North America! Enjoy a unique relaxation
                                                                      Minutes away from downtown is a vast green oasis that’s
                                                                                                                                                                                               experience in beautiful facilities and a majestic setting. Take
                                                                      a source of pride for Outaouais residents. In this magni-
                                                                                                                                                                                               advantage of ten outdoor baths, nine saunas, an infinity
                                                                      ficent setting, you can go camping, rock climbing, hiking,
                                                                                                                                                                                               pool with a stunning view of Gatineau–Ottawa, and several
                                                                      snowshoeing, kayaking, and fishing—and that’s just for
                                                                                                                                                                                               restaurants. Treat yourself to a massage, a body treatment,
                                                                      starters! Gatineau Park offers 361 km2 of possibilities.
                                                                                                                                                                                               a Russian-style Banyä sauna, or a session in the Källa
                                                                      Find Out More p.54, 57, 63, 66, 102 & 124                                                                                saltwater pool, one of only two in the world!
                                                                                                                                                                                               Find Out More p.69 & ad. p.2

                                                                                                              Gatineau                                                                                                          Petite Nation

                                                                                                                                       Fairmont Le Château
                                           Cycling                                                                                              Montebello
                 With its impressive network of recreational
                 trails, Canada’s Capital Region is a popular                                                                            Built in 1930 of red cedar logs, this architectural
                   cycling destination. On both sides of the                                                                                   marvel was once an exclusive private club.
             Ottawa River, the Capital Pathway offers nearly                                                                            This elegant historic jewel has been respectfully
           600 km of trails through urban neighbourhoods.                                                                            updated, and the Château now offers 211 rooms, an
        On summer Sundays, enjoy riding on car-free roads
                                                                                                                                       exquisite menu featuring local products, a spa, a
              and parkways during NOKIA Sunday Bikedays.
                                                                                                                                   marina, a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities,
         Have a look at our cycling map with five suggested
                                         routes in the region!                                                                       and a beautiful golf course. You’ll be charmed from
                                                                                                                                     the moment you set foot in the impressive rotunda
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                                                                                                                                                with its massive six-sided stone fireplace!
                                                                                                                                         Find Out More p.56, 69, 120 & 140

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                                                                                                Petite Nation                                                                                                 Gatineau-Ottawa

                          Parc Omega                                                                                                          Eight national
            In your vehicle, follow a 15-km road winding
     through 890 hectares of hills, lakes and wide open                                                                       Whatever your passion, from history to visual art,
     spaces. Open Year-round, this unique wildlife park,                                                                    from animals and nature to aviation or science, we
       the only one of its kind in Quebec, allows you to                                                                     have a museum for you—eight national museums,
       observe several species of wild animals roaming                                                                           in fact! Be sure to plan a visit to the Canadian
       free in their natural habitat, including bison, elk,                                                                 Museum of History, Canada’s most visited national
       bears, wild boars and wolves. While you’re there,                                                                      museum. Discover the Canadian History Hall, the
             go for a walk along the woodland trails and                                                                    largest and most ambitious exhibition project ever
             enjoy a picnic among the white-tailed deer.                                                                                            undertaken by the Museum.
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                                                                                                                                                                                    A short hop
                                                                Les Chemins d’eau                                                                                                   from Ottawa
                                                                Discover the Outaouais region’s cultural and natural                                                                In just a few steps, or a few minutes aboard an
                                                                heritage along a new official tourist route, Les Chemins                                                            Aqua-Taxi, you can travel from one province to another
                                                                d’eau (“waterways”). The Ottawa River, the largest in                                                               and visit Ottawa, Canada’s capital. Do a little shopping
                                                                Quebec, has served as a transport route for copper,                                                                 in the ByWard Market, one of the oldest public markets
                                                                fur and lumber, and played a key role in our nation’s                                                               in the country, and visit the nearby federal institutions,
                                                                development. Travel back in time and discover the                                                                   including iconic Parliament Hill. Discover the history
                                                                region’s many facets. Just follow the river!                                                                        and vibrant street life of Ottawa’s distinctive neighbou-
                                                                Find Out More p.105-109 + ad. p.110-111                                                                             rhoods, such as Chinatown and the Glebe.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Find Out More p.18 & ad. p.152


       Casino du Lac-Leamy
       Round-the-clock entertainment, all under one roof!
       Discover over 1,700 slot machines and many gaming
           tables, including Texas Hold’em poker. Immerse
         yourself in the exciting atmosphere of the Zone, a
       unique interactive multigame space. Have a drink at
        the Bar 7, savour a meal at L’Arôme restaurant, and
            dance the night away at the casino’s nightclub,
                                     Club Aléa! For ages 18+.
                     Find Out More p.77 & ad. p.1

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Gatineau – Profile of the Region                                                                                                                                    Profile of the Region – Gatineau

                                                                                                 Classified in alphabetical order
                                                                                              Downtown Gatineau                                           Destination
                                                                                              visioncentreville.com                                       Old-Aylmer
                                                                                              Downtown Gatineau is the place to be for                    apica.ca/activites
                                                                                              entertaining activities, cultural events, and
                  Riv.                                                                        celebrations of all kinds! Laval Street, which              A unique main street in the heart of a heritage
                Gatineau                                                 Buckingham           is closed to vehicular traffic from May to                  district: Principale Street. Come admire its
                                                                                                                                                          stately homes and discover its many treasures:
                                                                                              November, provides a safe and enjoyable
                                                                                              route for pedestrians and cyclists. Discover                fine chocolatiers, a bakery, gourmet restau-
     GATINEAU                                                    Masson-Angers                the Laval-Aubry-Kent and Brewery Creek                      rants, gourmet food shops, sausage makers,
                                                                                                                                                          art and craft galleries, the widest selection of
       PARK                                                                                   tourism sectors, with their microbreweries,
                                                                                                                                                          beer in Quebec, magnificent patios and cafés,
                                                                                              great restaurants featuring everything from
                                                                                              bistro to epicurean fare, and lively urban buzz.            a tea house, and breathtaking sunsets over
                                                                            Riv. des          Don’t forget to check out the unique shops                  the Ottawa River. APICA (the Association des
                                                    Gatineau               Outaouais          and businesses along Eddy Street!                           professionnels, commerçants et industriels of
                                                                                                                                                          Aylmer) hosts free events throughout the year.
                                                                         (Ottawa River)
                                                                                              Downtown Gatineau’s                                         Le Vieux-Gatineau
                                                Hull                                          Culture Trail                                               vieux-gatineau.com
                                Aylmer                                                        sentier_culturel                                            Built in the heyday of the lumber industry
                                                                                                                                                          in the 1920s and ’30s, Vieux-Gatineau is an
                                                                                              Inspired by Boston’s legendary Freedom Trail                industrial and residential heritage district on
                                                                                              and marked by a painted red line, the 3-km                  the shore of the Ottawa River. Take a cultural
                                                                                              Culture Trail invites pedestrians to discover               and culinary stroll and discover the many
     Sector                                                                                   or rediscover downtown Gatineau. This urban
                                                                                              walking tour links points of interest, exhibition
                                                                                                                                                          activities and events at the Notre-Dame Market,
                                                                                                                                                          the Kitchissipi Marina, and Espace Propulsion,
                                                                                              spaces, entertainment venues and some great                 a multipurpose performance venue. Explore
                                                                                              restaurants. This summer, follow the red line!              the Quartier du Moulin with its quaint New

           Gatineau                                                                                                                                       England charm, and let the lively ambiance of
                                                                                                                                                          Notre-Dame and Main Streets win you over.

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     Catch the urban vibe of Quebec’s fourth-largest city! Discover the downtown core on
     foot or by bike, thanks to our extensive network of recreational pathways. Explore the
     Canadian Museum of History, Canada’s most visited museum. Stop in for a bite at one
     of our many restaurants, and sample local craft beers at our microbreweries. When
     evening comes, try your luck at the Casino du Lac-Leamy! Fireworks, hot air balloons,
     concerts, ice carvings and sand sculptures—you’ll find all kinds of entertainment all
     year-round. In Gatineau, fun and excitement are never far away!

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                                                                                                                      Downtown Gatineau’s Culture Trail                                        Old-Aylmer

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Ottawa – Profile of the Region                                                                                                                                  Profile of the Region – Vallée-de-la-Gatineau


                                                     Sector                                                                                                                                                    Sector

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                                                                                                          Le Domaine
                                                                          Lac Byrd
                                      Dumoine     your stay in the                              Lac
                                       Outaouais region with a                          Lac              Lac
                                       visit to Ottawa, Canada’s                                       Embarras RÉSERVE FAUNIQUE
                                                                                                                  LA VÉRENDRYE
                                       capital. Go shopping                                    Lac
                                       in the ByWard Market,
                                       with its many charming
                                                                                                                                                                                               The Vallée-de-la-Gatineau,
                                       boutiques, specialty shops                                                                                                                              in the northern part of
                                       and restaurants, and                                                                                    Gatineau                                        the region, is the largest
                                       visit the nearby federal                                                                                                                                territory in the Outaouais,
                                       institutions, including                                        BRAS-COUPÉ-
                                                                                                                                Grand-Remous                                                   and perfect for outdoor
                                       Parliament Hill and the
                                                                                                                                                                                               enthusiasts. Cycling,
                                       Parliament Buildings,
                                                                                                   Lac                    Montcerf-Lytton                                                      camping, water sports—
                                                                                               Brodkorb                                        Bois-Franc
                                       and the official residence                                            Lac                                                                To             you’ll find them all here.
                                                                                                            David                                      Aumond                   Mont-Laurier

                                       of the Governor General                                 ZEC                                    Egan-Sud
                                                                                                                                                                                               There are also many
                                                                                             PONTIAC                     Riv. de l’Aigle
                                       of Canada. Let’s not                                                   Lac
                                                                                                                                                        Murray                                 outfitters besides, from
                                                                                                  Lac      Pythonga                                  Déléage
                                       forget the many national                               des Abattis                Maniwaki                                                              family-oriented businesses
                                                                                                                                                    Kitigan Zibi

                                       museums and their                                                                         Grand lac
                                                                                                                                                                   Sainte-Thérèse-             to more rustic enterprises,

                                       countless exhibitions!
                                                                                                                   FORÊT DE des cèdres
                                                                                                                                                                                               some in remote areas acces-
                                       In the Outaouais, stepping                                                        Lac de la     Lac
                                                                                                                                           Messines                                            sible only by seaplane.
                                                                                                                         Mer Bleue Blue Sea Bouchette
                                       from one Canadian                                                                        Blue Sea
                                                                                                                                                                                               At parc régional du lac
                                                                                                                                                                 Lac des
                                       province to another is                                                            Cayamant                               Trente et                      31 milles, you can even rent
                                                                                                                                                                Un Milles
                                       quick and easy.                                                                   Lac                                                                   your own island! Snowmo-
                                                                                                                       Cayamant              Gracefield  Lac
                                                                                                                                                                                               bilers and ATV riders can
                                                                                                                                                     Lac       Lac du                          explore over 600 km of
                                                                                                                                                    Heney      Poisson
                                                                                                                                           Kazabazua            Blanc                          marked trails. The town
                                                                                                                                                          Marie                                of Maniwaki is home to
                                                                                                                                                     Lac                                       several interpretation
                                                                                                                                                                                               centres where you can learn
                                                                                                                                                          Low                                  about forest fire prevention,
                                                                                                                                                                                               white-tailed deer, and
                                                                                                                                                                                               Indigenous culture.

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Vallée-de-la-Gatineau – Profile of the Region                                                                                                                         Profile of the Region – Vallée-de-la-Gatineau

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     Baskatong Reservoir                                  Cayamant                                                Grand-Remous                                              Maniwaki                                         jk
     reservoirbaskatong.qc.ca                             825 inhabitants                                         1,180 inhabitants                                         3,844 inhabitants

     The Baskatong Reservoir resulted from the            cayamant.ca                                             grandremous.ca                                            ville.maniwaki.qc.ca
     construction of the Mercier Dam in 1927 and
                                                          Located 112 km north of Gatineau, Cayamant is           Explore Vallée-de-la-Gatineau’s Route des                 Located 90 minutes north of Gatineau–Ottawa,
     serves as a source of feedwater for hydroelectric
                                                          the gateway to the Pontiac ZEC and the Forêt de         Draveurs (“log drivers’ road”), which will take           Maniwaki has many fascinating activities to offer.
     generating stations located downstream along
                                                          l’Aigle. A real natural paradise : hunting, fishing,    you to Grand-Remous and its 102-metre covered             Take a stroll on the picturesque boardwalk along
     the Gatineau River. This beautiful and majestic
                                                          over 7.5 km of hiking trails, observation towers,       bridge, the Savoyard Bridge. Take a few minutes           the Désert River, and follow the pedestrian trail
     320 km2 inland sea encompasses 2,800 km of
                                                          water sports, wilderness camping, ATV riding ...        to admire the view from its lookouts and read             to the nearby golf course. You’re not far from
     shoreline, several sandy beaches and some
                                                          In winter, from the Carnival to the Rallye Perce-       the descriptive panels that tell the story of the         the Forest Fire Prevention History Interpretation
     160 islands. It offers many year-round outdoor
                                                          Neige, we celebrate the season! On holidays or          region. Near the church, take a break at the new          Centre and the Désert River, where you can
     activities and is home to an extensive network
                                                          days off in Cayamant, we recharge our batteries         roadside rest area, with its panoramic view of            enjoy an excursion in a rabaska canoe. To fully
     of outfitters and campgrounds.
                                                          and we create memories!                                 the Gatineau River. A little further on lies the          appreciate Maniwaki’s hospitality and dynamism,
                                                                                                                  Baskatong Reservoir, and outdoor lovers will              don’t miss the Festival d’été de Maniwaki, the
     Blue Sea                                             Gracefield                                              be keen to book a stay with one of the local              Whitewater Festival and the Pakwaun winter
     641 inhabitants
                                                                                                                  outfitters. And if you enjoy fishing, be sure to visit    festival, whose name means “thaw” in the
                                                          2,437 inhabitants                                       the Walleye Interpretation Centre!                        Algonquin language.
     Located in the northern part of the Outaouais
                                                          The history of this municipality dates back
     region and a favourite with vacationers, this                                                                607 inhabitants
                                                          to 1840 and the arrival of the first settlers.
     village of 641 residents is surrounded by over
                                                          In 1883 a post office was opened and the village        lac-sainte-marie.com
     two dozen lakes, including majestic Blue Sea
                                                          was named Gracefield. Today, with its rapidly
     Lake, long known (and rightly so) as “the Pearl
                                                          growing downtown area, the territory encom-             The jewel of the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, nestled
     of the Gatineau.” A popular vacation destination,
                                                          passes several lakes and rivers and has become          among majestic mountains, the scenic munici-
     Blue Sea is known for its art gallery located in a
                                                          a popular recreation destination.                       pality of Lac Sainte-Marie has become a favourite
     former church manse, and for Mount Morissette
                                                                                                                  of vacationers and outdoor enthusiasts. In
     Regional Park with its impressive observation
                                                                                                                  1928, following the development of the Paugan
     tower. The municipality’s motto is “Blue Sea:
                                                                                                                  hydroelectric dam, the village was flooded and
     Blissful and welcoming since 1899.”
                                                                                                                  relocated. The flood transformed the lake that
                                                                                                                  gave the village its name into a larger and more
                                                                                                                  beautiful one, much enjoyed by tourists, who soon
                                                                                                                  began building cottages on its shores. Key local
                                                                                                                  attractions include Mont Ste-Marie, a popular
                                                                                                                  destination for golfers and downhill skiers!

                                                                                                                  1,027 inhabitants

                                                                                                                  Just north of Wakefield, the municipality of
                                                                                                                  Low invites you to discover the Gatineau River
                                                                                                                  at the level of the Paugan Dam, as well as
                                                                                                                  the Trans Canada Trail, which leads north.
                                                                                                                  Low’s first residents, of Irish origin, settled here
                                                                                                                  in the early 19th century, and today, the residents
                                                                                                                  of Low are known for their volunteerism and
                                                                                                                  community spirit.

                                                                                            Baskatong Reservoir                                                                                           Véloroute des Draveurs

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Pontiac – Profile of the Region                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Profile of the Region – Pontiac

                                                                                                                                                                                              Classified in alphabetical order
                                                                                                                                                                          Sector           705 inhabitants


                                                                                                                                                                                           When it was founded in 1856, Bryson was known
                                                                                                                                                                                           as “the little port of Havelock,” and served as
                                                                                                                                                                                           the transfer point for goods shipped between
                                                                                                                                                                                           the upper Ottawa River and the lower townships.
                                                                                                                                                                                           It was also the county seat until 1914, when a
                                                     Brûlé                                                                                                                                 fire destroyed most of the village. Today, this
                                                                                                                                                                                           historic riverside community is a landmark for
                                                    Chavannes                                                                                               Fun fact: the Outaouais        thrill seekers thanks to Rafting Momentum, which
              Lac                                                                                                                                           has its very own Far West!     offers an unforgettable whitewater experience.
           Dix Milles
                                                                                                                                                            Fall under the spell of the    Bryson is a place well worth discovering!                                                         Rafting Momentum
    Riv.                                                                                                                                                    unspoiled beauty and

                                                                                                                                                            rich history of the Pontiac,
                                                                                                                                                            one of the region’s            1,425 inhabitants
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1,339 inhabitants
                                                                                                                                                            best-kept secrets.
                      ZEC                  Riv.                     Lac
                                                                                                                                                            Here, the Ottawa River         fortcoulonge.qc.ca
                                          Noire                    Bryson                              ZEC
                                                      Forant                                                                                                reveals itself in all its      It was here, in 1695, that Nicolas D’Ailleboust,
                                          Lac                                                                Lac
                                                                                                                                                            glory, and the rocky                                                                         When the first fur traders arrived in the region,
                                                                                                                                                                                           Sieur de Coulonge, established the region’s first
                                     Saint-Patrice                                                       des Abattis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         they found this island already inhabited by
                                                                                                                                                            outcrops of the Canadian       fur trading post. The legacy of 19th-century
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Algonquin people who also controlled river
                                      ST-PATRICE                                         Riv.
                                                                                                                                                            Shield dominate the            lumber baron George Bryson endures in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         access. In 1686, Captain Chevalier de Troyes,
                                                                                                                                                                                           municipality’s superb architectural heritage. Stroll
     Lac Holden
                                                                                                                                                            landscape. Explore the                                                                       leading a military expedition up the Ottawa River,
                                                                                                                                                                                           through the village and admire three magnificent
                                                                                                                                                            area by bicycle along                                                                        remarked upon passing L’Isle-aux-Allumettes (the
                                                                                                                                                                                           Victorian homes, including “Spruceholme,” built
   To North Bay
                                                               Lac                          Jim                              Lac                            the PPJ Cyclopark, a                                                                         name means “island of matches”), “A Jesuit priest
                                                                                                                                                                                           by George Bryson, Jr. and now being run as an inn,
                                                            McGillivray         Riv.                                       Dumont
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         passing through here another time left behind a
                                            Riv. des                                                                                                        92-km trail built on an old    meticulously restored with many of its original
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         box of matches he always carried to start a fire.
                                           Outaouais                                                                                                Riv.
                                                       Sheenboro                                                                                  Picanoc
                                                                                                                                                            railroad bed. Tame the         furnishings and archival photographs. Discover the
                                                                                                                                            Danford Lake
                                                                                                                                                            Ottawa River, Canada’s                                                                       That is how L’Isle-aux-Allumettes got its name.”
                                                                                                                                                                                           rich religious heritage of Fort Coulonge, and admire
                                                             L’Isle-aux-                             Mansfield-et-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         In 1849, there were 150 Catholic families and
                                                                                                                                                            best rafting river. History    the many beautiful stained-glass windows.
                                                             Allumettes                              Pontefract
                                                                                                                       Otter Lake
                                                                                                                                         Riv. Kazabazua                                                                                                  25 Protestant families living here. Discover this
                                                                                                               Litchfield                                   and outdoor adventure                                                                        island rich in history, part of the Chemins d’eau
                                                                                              Tancredia                 Campbell’s Bay
                                                                                                                                                            meet at Coulonge Falls                                                                       tourist route.
                                                                                                     Calumet                                                Park, with its giant zip
                                                                                                                                                            lines and Via Ferrata,
                                                                                                                                                            a climb/walk along                                                                           L’Île-du-Grand-

                                                                                                                                                            the rock face of the
                                                                                                                                                            Coulonge River canyon!                                                                       665 inhabitants

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Île-du-Grand-Calumet (Calumet Island) has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         always been famous for its world-class rapids.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “Calumet Fever” was a term used by the log
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         drivers of yore to describe their fear of crossing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the treacherous rapids. Today, the island is an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ideal playground for whitewater enthusiasts,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         canoeists, kayakers and wilderness campers.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         With its rich history closely linked to the Ottawa
                                                   Great                            Culture and                                           3                  Additional                                                                                  River, Île-du-Grand-Calumet is a landmark of the
                                                  Outdoors                         Living History                                       Events               activities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Chemins d’eau tourist route.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Head West to the Pontiac Cycling Route

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     Litchfield                                             Otter Lake
     454 inhabitants                                        933 inhabitants
     litchfield-qc.ca                                       otterlakequebec.ca                                                                                                                                de-la-Salette
                                                                                                                          East Aldfield                                                      Saint-Pierre-
     Forestry and agriculture may have attracted the        The municipality, located one hour drive from                                                                                    de-Wakefield
     first pioneers to this area, but it’s the beautiful    Gatineau-Ottawa is surrounded by lakes and
     landscapes that will keep you there! The plain         forests where locals and tourists practice fishing,                                                                                                       Riv.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Lac            du Lièvre
     of Vinton in the town of Litchfield affords            hunting and camping. Outdoor lovers can enjoy            Lac-des-Loups                                                                St-Pierre
     stunning views of Grand Calumet Island. The            hiking and ATV’ing on Otter Lake’s many trails.                                                                  Wakefield                                            L’Ange-
                                                            Mountain bike adrenaline chasers can test their                                          La Pêche                                          Lac
     PPJ Cyclopark bike trail runs through the town
                                                                                                                                   Lac                                                                                            Gardien
                                                            limits on the more treacherous mountain trails.
     and along the Ottawa River, inviting visitors to                                                                           la Pêche
                                                            And during the winter, it’s by dog sled and                                                  Riv.
     discover this magnificent territory. A top spot
     for sunset-watchers!                                   snowmobile that the true natural beauty of the
                                                                                                                                       GATINEAU   Lac Gatineau                                                    Val-des-Monts
                                                                                                                                         PARK   Philippe
                                                            Canadian Shield is revealed. In the village you
                                                            can find many services.                                                                      Lac                                  Cantley
     Mansfield-et-                                                                                                           Quyon
     2,330 inhabitants                                                                                                                                                       Chelsea

     Discover the rich heritage of Mansfield-et-Ponte-
     fract! Visit the George Bryson House, built in 1854                                                           Sector
     by a local lumber baron and valley pioneer. At
     148.6 metres, the Félix Gabriel Marchand bridge,
     built in 1898, is Quebec’s longest covered bridge
     still accessible to cars. It was declared a historic
     monument in 1988. Be sure to visit Coulonge Falls
     Park with its impressive cataract flowing into a
     canyon, stop in at the PPJ Cyclopark, and enjoy a
     host of outdoor activities, including golf, cross-
     country skiing, rafting and kayaking.
                                                                                                                   Just north of Gatineau lie the Collines-de-l’Outaouais, known for their quaint
                                                                                                                   villages and beautiful landscapes. Discover Chelsea and Wakefield, with their
                                                                                                                   specialty boutiques, fine restaurants, art galleries, and artist studios. Spend a night
                                                                                                                   by the Maclaren Falls at the Wakefield Mill Hotel & Spa. Navigate a water labyrinth
                                                                                                                   in a pedal boat at Eco-Odyssée. Zoom down the water slides at Mont Cascades
                                                                                                                   Waterpark. Twelve months a year, explore Gatineau Park’s 361 square kilometres of
                                                                                                                   natural wilderness, and take a tea break at the Mackenzie King Estate. Adventurous
                                                                                                                   types can soar above the treetops in our aerial parks and venture deep underground
                                                                                                                   in the Laflèche Cave.

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                                                                                            Chutes Coulonge Park

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        Classified in alphabetical order                                                                            Classified in alphabetical order
     Cantley                                              Chelsea                                                L’Ange-Gardien                                         P   Pontiac
     11,126 inhabitants                                   7,012 inhabitants                                      5,719 inhabitants                                          5,923 inhabitants

     cantley.ca                                           chelsea.ca                                             municipalitedelangegardien.com                             municipalitepontiac.com
     Located a short distance north of Gatineau–          The gateway to Gatineau Park, the rural munici-        Bounded by the Lièvre River, the territory of              Located west of Gatineau, between the Eardley
     Ottawa, the municipality of Cantley offers a         pality of Chelsea prides itself on its culture and     l’Ange-Gardien offers a multitude of recreational          Escarpment and the Ottawa River, the munici-
     range of recreational tourist activities. Local      its picturesque setting. The town’s art galleries,     tourism activities and natural attractions that will       pality of Pontiac offers many attractions just
     attractions include an 18-hole golf course, a        boutiques, cafés, restaurants and other gourmet        appeal to everyone: cycling, canoeing, cross-              waiting to be discovered. If you’re a fan of local
     water park, a downhill ski centre, a campground,     stops give the town an incomparable charm              country skiing, camping, and an outdoor centre.            products, you’ll enjoy meeting organic market
     several B&Bs, and the high-end, European-            that is felt Year-round. The municipality is also      Depending on the season, you can indulge your              gardeners, visiting vineyards, admiring excep-
     inspired AmeriSpa Spa Nordique. The town’s           proud of its heritage, having designated two           sweet tooth at a maple sugar shack, pick your              tional natural features such as the Luskville Falls
     numerous natural features, including forested        cemeteries as historic sites and developed the         own berries and sample regional products, or               and dazzling starry skies (thanks to AstroPontiac),
     hills, the Gatineau River (the town’s north-south    Meech Creek Valley Route.                              go cross-country skiing on beautiful trails.               or exploring the area by bike or snowmobile.
     boundary), and abundant flora and fauna, make                                                                                                                          Over Thanksgiving weekend, discover the wares
     Cantley a prime destination for outdoor activities                                                                                                                     of local artists and agrifood industry artisans at
     and a desirable community for young families         Destination Wakefield-                                 La Pêche (Wakefield)                                   j   the Foire Champêtre de Pontiac.
     seeking a balanced lifestyle.                        La Pêche                                               8,075 inhabitants

                                                          destinationwakefield.com                               villelapeche.qc.ca                                         Val-des-Monts
                                                                                                                                                                            12,921 inhabitants
                                                          Only 20 minutes north of Ottawa, Wakefield is          Flanked by the magnificent hills of Gatineau
                                                          a popular tourist destination for visitors from        Park and the Gatineau River, the municipality of           val-des-monts.net/en
                                                          the Nation’s Capital and other major cities.           La Pêche, north of Gatineau, is a true paradise
                                                          Wakefield offers a warm welcome with a variety         for leisure seekers and vacationers. Among                 The municipality of Val-des-Monts invites
                                                          of cafés, pubs, galleries, boutiques, and a lively     the several towns and municipalities that were             visitors to enjoy nature to the full, with a
                                                          and eclectic arts scene. For the outdoor enthu-        merged to create La Pêche is the historic village          wide variety of outdoor activities and amazing
                                                          siast, Wakefield is a four-season playground with      of Wakefield, with its unique character and laid           natural features, including Arbraska Laflèche.
                                                          access to Gatineau Park and the Gatineau River         back way of life. La Pêche is the site of several          The town and surrounding area are home to cozy
                                                          for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, canoeing,       annual festivals and cultural events, as well as an        B&Bs and campgrounds, snowmobile trails, hiking
                                                          hiking, cycling and more. Come and experience          aquatic maze stretching over 6 km.                         and snowshoe trails, sugar shacks, beaches and
                                                          Wakefield today!                                                                                                  boat ramps. The area’s rolling hills, lush forests
                                                                                                                                                                            and abundant native flora and fauna make
                                                                                                                 Notre-Dame-de-                                             Val-des-Monts a popular spot for vacationers,
                                                                                                                 la-Salette                                                 cottagers and nature lovers.
                                                                                                                 762 inhabitants

                                                                                                                 Less than an hour’s drive from Gatineau,
                                                                                                                 Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette nestles among the
                                                                                                                 hills by the Lièvre River. It’s a prime destination
                                                                                                                 for outdoor activities, including golf, fishing, and
                                                                                                                 ATV riding. For a family outing, nothing beats a
                                                                                                                 day at the beach at Argile Lake! For a longer stay,
                                                                                                                 reserve a spot at the campground or a room at the
                                                                                                                 hotel, conveniently close to everything. When night
                                                                                                                 falls, enjoy the unlimited free stargazing!

                                                                                         Mackenzie King Estate                                                                                   Gatineau River near the Wakefield Bridge

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Petite Nation – Profile of the Region                                                                                                                                                   Profile of the Region – Petite Nation

                                                                                                                               Classified in alphabetical order
                                                                                                                            Chénéville                                             Lac-Simon
                                                                                                                            762 inhabitants                                        961 inhabitants
                                                              Gagnon                                                        ville.cheneville.qc.ca                                 lac-simon.net

                                                                                       Lac-des-       To                    The municipality of Chénéville is located in           A popular spot for water sports and relaxation,
                                                              Duhamel                   Plages        Mont-Tremblant        the heart of the Petite Nation La Lièvre, at the       Lac-Simon is renowned for its beautiful lake,
      Lac du
      Poisson                        RÉSERVE                                                                                intersection of Routes 315 and 321. Its vast           sandy beach and tourist resort. There are lots of
                                    FAUNIQUE                                          Lac des                               green spaces and surrounding mountains offer           summer activities, including the annual municipal
       Blanc                                                         Lac               Plages
                                   DE PAPINEAU-                                                                             year-round possibilities, including hiking, wildlife   fireworks display and the “Tour du Lac-Simon”
                                     LABELLE                        Simon                   Saint-Émile-                    observation, tube sliding, and snowshoeing.            cycling event that are ideal for families and
                      Val-des-Bois                              Lac-Simon                   de-Suffolk                      Chénéville is also home to a wealth of local           groups of friends. And if you’re a fan of winter
        Bowman                                                                                              Boileau         artisanal talent: food products, furniture, visual     sports, you’ll enjoy the snowmobile and cross-
                     Lac de                          Chénéville                           Namur
                    l’Argile        Lac                                                              Lac                    art and handicrafts, boutiques and art galleries.      country ski trails.
       Réservoir                                  Montpellier
                                   Écho                                                            Papineau                 It also has accommodation, restaurants, a health
       l’Escalier                                                    Ripon
                                                                                                                            and wellness centre, and many other businesses.
                                                                                                                                                                                   449 inhabitants
                                                                    Saint-André-        KENAUK                              Duhamel
                                                                    Avellin                                                 431 inhabitants                                        lacdesplages.com
                                           Lac la                                           Notre-Dame-
                                          Blanche                                           de-Bonsecours        To                                                                Founded in 1950, the municipality of Lac-des-
                                                                                                                 Montréal   municipalite.duhamel.qc.ca
                                                           Saint-                                                                                                                  Plages is a vacation destination located on
                                              Mayo         Sixte      Montebello                                            A prime destination for outdoor lovers, Duhamel        Route 323, at the gateway to the Laurentians,
                                                                                                                            has more than 50 km of hiking and snowshoeing          40 km from Mont Tremblant. Most of the
                                                                 Plaisance         Papineauville         Riv. des           trails (part of Quebec’s National Hiking Trail)        development has sprung up around the territory’s
                                                                                                        Outaouais           offering spectacular views of the surrounding          many lakes, especially Lac des Plages, and the
     Sector                                                   PARC DE PLAISANCE                       (Ottawa River)        countryside. This vast forested territory              region is served by an extensive network of
                                                                                                                            attracts fishers and hunters as well as ATV and        regional and provincial snowmobile and ATV
                                                                                                                            snowmobile enthusiasts, and is also popular for        trails. Relax on a camping trip and have fun
                                                                                                                            cycling, canoeing, river tubing, cross-country         exploring these new trails.

           Petite Nation                                                                                                    skiing, skating and ice fishing. Winter brings a
                                                                                                                            special treat: deerwatching right in the village!

     The easternmost territory in the Outaouais, Petite Nation is a prime destination
     for those in search of an authentic local experience. Discover the boutiques and
     galleries of Montebello, or clear your head with an invigorating bike ride in Plaisance
     National Park or a hunting or fishing trip in the Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve.
     As for accommodation, the choice is yours, from the luxurious Fairmont Le Château
     Montebello to the hospitable Auberge Couleurs de France, the Lac-Simon tourist
     resort, or a cabin near the wolves’ enclosure at Parc Omega! Explore this treasure-
     filled region in five ways with the Petite Nation’s rustic tour routes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Montebello train station

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        Classified in alphabetical order                                                                               Classified in alphabetical order
     Montebello                                           P                                                         Ripon                                                    Thurso
     969 inhabitants                                                                                                1,620 inhabitants                                        2,873 inhabitants

     montebello.ca                                                                                                  ville.ripon.qc.ca                                        ville.thurso.qc.ca
     In May 1855, Louis-Joseph Papineau named his                                                                   Located in a beautiful setting at the foot of the        Visit the town hall to admire Place Guy-Lafleur
     property “MonteBello,” and in 1878, the town                                                                   Montagnes Noires, the municipality of Ripon is           with its magnificent 2.5-metre bronze statue
     was officially founded. The spirit of the Papineau                                                             known for its arts community and agritourism.            of the legendary hockey player. You can get
     family can still be felt at the Manor, in the family                                                           It’s home to artists, artisans, and organic farmers      to Thurso by ecological ferry from Clarence-
     burial chapel and in the village, where history                                                                specializing in quality local products that can          Rockland, and enjoy easy access to Plaisance
     has been well preserved. Located on the bank of                                                                be sampled and purchased at the Marché public            national park and the ornithological attractions
     the Ottawa River and with two marinas, it’s a top                                                              de la Petite-Nation. Ripon’s Outdoor Adventure           of the Thurso marsh.
     vacation spot offering a wide array of activities,                                                             Centre is open Year-round, and a hilltop lookout
     including golf, horseback riding, cross-country
     skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, hunting and fishing.
                                                                                                                    (altitude 426 metres) provides a spectacular
                                                                                                                    view of the area. Access to all trails and facilities,
                                                                                                                                                                             881 inhabitants
     It’s also home to two very popular attractions,                                                                including outdoor parking, is free.
     the Château Montebello and Parc Omega.                                                                                                                                  val-des-bois.ca
                                                                                                                    Saint-André-Avellin                                      With its beautiful natural setting on the shore
     Montpellier                                                                                                    3,701 inhabitants                                        of the Lièvre River, Val-des-Bois is a great spot
     1,019 inhabitants                                                                                                                                                       for outdoor activities. The river and the many
                                                                                                                    ville.st-andre-avellin.qc.ca                             surrounding lakes and forests are ideal for
                                                                                                     Parc Omega
     montpellier.ca                                                                                                                                                          hunting and fishing, while vacationers enjoy the
                                                                                                                    The municipality has numerous attractions to
     Located halfway between Gatineau and                                                                           discover, amid landscapes that are typical of            area’s four campgrounds and extensive hiking
     Mont-Tremblant, Montpellier will charm you with          Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix                                 the Quebec countryside. Stop in at the Pioneer           trails. Winter pursuits include cross-country
                                                                                                                                                                             skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and ATV
     its many diverse activities, such as the unique          672 inhabitants                                       Museum and learn about local heritage, and visit
     Festiv’Arts de Montpellier. Sites like Lac Croche                                                              the Centre d’action culturelle with its year-round       riding, and the waterfront views are spectacular
     and Lac Mulet are ideal year-round destinations          notredamedelapaix.qc.ca/tourisme                      program of cultural events and exhibitions.              in any season.
     for nature lovers seeking a calm, rustic setting.                                                              Explore the Louis-Joseph Papineau cycling trail,
                                                              The municipality of Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix is
     Enjoy fishing, skating and snowshoeing, discover                                                               and come on down to the Western Festival and
                                                              located north of Papineauville, in a 20,000-
     the walking trails and snowmobile and ATV trails,                                                              the TWIST fibre festival. There’s lots to see and do
                                                              year-old valley carved by glaciers and surrounded
     and play a round of golf in a breathtaking setting                                                             in Saint-André-Avellin!
                                                              by hills. The village is on the shore of the Petite
     at the Montpellier Golf Club.
                                                              Rouge River, which originates north of Lac des
                                                              Plages and flows into the Petite Nation River. Stay
                                                              a while, and enjoy this enchanting setting!

                                                              1,110 inhabitants

                                                              Located on the edge of a provincial park,
                                                              Plaisance has a great reputation for both cultural
                                                              and outdoor activities. Enjoy a picnic at the
                                                              Plaisance Falls historic site. Thanks to their
                                                              63-metre drop, the falls were a determining
                                                              economic factor in the decision to establish the
                                                              former village of North Nation Mills, which is now
                                                              only a memory. A lookout, observation areas, a
                                                              hiking trail and an interpretation centre allow
                                                              you to admire the site’s natural beauty and learn
                                                              about the history of the region.
                                            Plaisance Falls                                                                                                                                       Amélie Blanchard, Twist Fibre Festival

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                                                           its agrotourism. Meet passionate and
     75        total km                                    fascinating artisans, and spend the night
                                                           in a mythical castle (with a fantastic
                                                           restaurant)! For an unforgettable
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                                                           Parc Omega wildlife park.

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                         Montebello                                                                                                                                                                 Dépanneur
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                        Montebello                                                                                                          198 Principale St.
                                                                                   392 Notre-Dame St.                                       Saint-André-Avellin                                     955 Rt. 317
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                                                                                                                                95 St-Joseph St.
                                                                                                                                Gracefield                                                353 Lac 31 milles SR

     Great Outdoors in the
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     Vallée-de-la-Gatineau                                                                                              2       Véloroute des
                                                                                                                                                                                     5    L’Huile d’Olive
                                                                                                                                                                                          353 Lake 31 Milles SR
                                                                                                                                Low to Messines
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     The Vallée-de-la-Gatineau is beautiful,       3          days
     and it deserves to be discovered
     at leisure! Bicycle through a varied
     landscape along a former railway line.        89         total km                                                  3                                                            6    Auberge du
     Climb Mont Morissette, explore                                                                                             Morissette                                                Draveur
     Thirty-One-Mile Lake, and sleep                                                                                            Regional Park
                                                                                                                                                                                          85 Principale St. North
     one of its islands!                           6	destinations                                                              Lac Long Rd.                                              Maniwaki
                                                                                                                                Blue Sea
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                                                          Vibrant                                                                8

                                                          City and
                  lar F                                   Explore Quebec’s fourth largest
                                                          city, almost entirely on foot! Almost,

                          ou rit

                                                          because on this route you’ll also be
                                                          taking a taxi. That floats. And goes

                                                          across the Ottawa River. Discover such                                                   Gatineau
                                                          key attractions as Canada’s most visited
                                                          museum and the wine bar owned by
                                                          our favourite sommelière.                                                                                      1
                                                                                                                             3                                               5
                                                                                                                                                             4           2
                                                          2          days                                                                                                                                    6
                                                          15         total km

                                                          8	destinations

                                   Canadian                                                                                                Au feel de
                                                                                 Brasseurs du                                                                                              Soif -
                            1      Museum of                             3                                                           5     l'eau Aqua-                               7
                                                                                 Temps                                                                                                     Bar à vin
                                   History                                                                                                 Taxi                                            88 Montcalm St.
                                   100 Laurier St.                               170 Montcalm St.
                                                                                                                                           100 Laurier St.                                 Gatineau
                                   Gatineau                                      Gatineau
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                            2                                            4       Les Suites                                          6     ByWard                                    8     Casino du
                                   Gatineau’s                                    Victoria                                                  Market                                          Lac-Leamy
                                   Culture Trail
                                                                                 1 Victoria St.                                            55 ByWard Market Square St.                     1 Casino Blvd.
                                   Downtown                                      Gatineau                                                  Ottawa                                          Gatineau
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                                                          Winter                                                         6   Lac-des-Loups

                                                          Fun in the                                                                                                    Wakefield
                                                                                                                                                                  La Pêche

                   lar F                                  Collines-de-

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     3               days                                 Fall in love with the Collines, whose
                                                          laid-back vibe is sure to win you over.                                                                                                                  Chelsea
                                                          Enjoy a wide variety of activities,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           1       3
     80              total km                             including hiking in Gatineau Park,
                                                          relaxing at the spa, skating in the
                                                          forest, savouring a gourmet dinner,
     8	destinations                                      discovering unique shops, and
                                                          staying in a historic mill.

                                                                               Nordik Spa-                                               Wakefield Mill                                              The Wakefield
                             1      Biscotti & cie                      3      Nature                                            5                                                              7
                                                                                                                                         Hotel & Spa                                                 Confectionery
                                    6 Scott Rd.                                16 Nordik Rd.
                                    Chelsea                                                                                              60 Mill Rd.                                                 817 Riverside Rd.
                                                                                                                                         La Pêche                                                    Wakefield
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                                                                                                                                         Skating through
                             2                                         4       Les Fougères                                      6       the forest " in                                        8
                                    Gatineau Park                                                                                                                                                    Khewa
                                                                               Restaurant                                                the heart of
                                    33 Scott Rd.                                                                                                                                                     737 Riverside Rd.
                                    Chelsea                                    783 Rt. 105                                               Lac des loups "                                             Wakefield
                                    Find Out More p.36                                                                                   9 Beausoleil SR                                             Find Out More p.87
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Route: Great Outdoors in the Pontiac – Profile of the Region                                                          Profile of the Region – Route: Great Outdoors in the Pontiac


                                                                                                                                                         Campbell’s Bay




                             lar F

                                     ou rit

                                                                                                    1       Little Red                                         4      Spruceholme
                                                                                                            Wagon Winery                                              Inn
                                                                                                            165-C Calumet Rd. West
                                                                                                            Clarendon                                                 204 Principale St.
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     Great Outdoors
                                                                                                                                                                      Find Out More p.124

                                                                                                                                                                      George Bryson
     in the Pontiac                                                                                 2       PPJ Cyclopark
                                                                                                            Wyman to Isle-aux-Allumettes
                                                                                                                                                                      Cultural House
                                                                                                                                                                      314 Rt. 148
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     Adventure in Nature sums up this               2         days
     route well. Have you ever ziplined
     over a canyon or shot down river rapids
     in a raft? Follow in the footsteps of          61        total km                              3       Rafting                                            6      Chutes
     the log drivers, and spend the night
     in a lumber baron’s heritage home.
                                                                                                            Momentum                                                  Coulonge Park
                                                                                                            1041 Rt. 148                                              100 Parc-des-Chutes Drive
                                                    6	destinations                                         Bryson                                                    Mansfield-et-Pontefract
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Local Flavours – Travel by Experience                                                                                                                                               Travel by Experience – Local Flavours

     Local                                                                                                             Chocolate Makers
                                                                                                                                                                                 Dining Tours

     Flavours                                                                                                          Chocolats Favoris
                                                                                                                       455 De la Gappe Blvd.

                                                                                                                                                                                 Outaouais Bite Into It!                                 E

     Thanks to its unique climate and geography, the region boasts                                                     819 968-8133 – chocolatsfavoris.com
     one-of-a-kind local products. Characterized both by tradition and                                                 Open: Year-round
                                                                                                                                                                                 819 281-7676 – croquezoutaouais.com/en
     multiculturalism, Québec culinary culture is a treat for the senses.                                              Discover the magic of chocolate at Chocolats Favoris!     Open: Year-round
     Whether gourmet or classic, our flavours are creatively showcased                                                 Take a seat on the patio and enjoy one of the many
     by renowned chefs.                                                                                                                                                          In the Outaouais, you can buy your meat, fruit and
                                                                                                                       chocolate surprises, such as the famous ice cream
                                                                                                                                                                                 vegetables directly from the farm. Pick your own
                                                                                                                       topping that comes in 12 amazing flavours, also
                                                                                                                                                                                 produce, meet food producers and processors at one
                                                                                                                       available for fondue. The chocolate shop and ice
                                                                                                                                                                                 of the local farmers’ markets, discover restaurants that
        Classified by sub-themes in alphabetical order                                                                 cream parlour are open all year round. Rooted in
                                                                                                                                                                                 serve local products, or savour a “table champêtre”
                                                                                                                       age-old traditions, Chocolats Favoris offers a unique
                                                                                                                                                                                 (country-style dining). For a calendar of agritourism
                                                                                                                       atmosphere where liquid chocolate rules!
     Artisanal Cheese                                         Petite Nation
                                                                                                                       Rochef Chocolatier                                øE
                                                                                                                                                                                 events in the Outaouais, visit the website.

     Makers                                                  Montebello
                                                                                                                       81 Jean-Proulx St.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Outaouais Gourmet Way                                   E
                                                             Fromagerie Montebello                               2E    819 205-0533 – rochef.ca/en                               Outaouais
     Gatineau                                                                                                          Open: Year-round                                          819 281-7676 – outaouaisgourmetway.com/en
                                                             687A Notre-Dame St.                                                                                                 Open: Year-round
                                                             819 309-0541 – fromagerie-montebello.ca
     La Trappe à fromage                                 E                                                             Rochef Chocolatier is the supplier of choice for many
                                                             Open: Year-round                                                                                                    The Outaouais Gourmet Way is an agritourism route
                                                                                                                       Quebec businesses, including butcher shops, specialty
     200 Bellehumeur St.                                                                                                                                                         that proposes gourmet stops—that is, a variety of
                                                             Opened in 2011, the Fromagerie Montebello creates         food shops, corporate clients and more. Co-owner
     819 243-6411 – trappeafromage.com/en                                                                                                                                        destinations where local businesses share the wealth
                                                             quality products that attract visitors from around the    and chocolatier Roch Fournier is a winner of the inter-
     Open: Year-round                                                                                                                                                            of their craft by offering samples of products you can
                                                             region and beyond. It sells locally made fresh cheese,    national Québec Wallonie Bruxelles award (Quebec
                                                                                                                                                                                 enjoy while visiting the very place where they are
     La Trappe à fromage specializes in artisanal cheese     cheese curd, cheese strings and fine cheeses, as well     Entrepreneurship Competition). Rochef Chocolatier’s
                                                                                                                                                                                 made. Come meet our region’s artisans and discover
     making, ranging from its famous fresh-daily cheese      as a selection of cheeses from across Quebec. Other       product line features fine chocolate truffles, gift
                                                                                                                                                                                 the many flavours of the Outaouais. Let the Gourmet
     curds to house cheddars and specialty cheeses           local specialties include fresh bread, homemade pâtés     baskets, and an impressive range of dark chocolate
                                                                                                                                                                                 Way work its magic!
     such as L’Attrappe-Cœur, house “Brie,” and La Belle     and jams, and (in summer) sandwiches (panini). If you     bars for connoisseurs. Rochef chocolates are lovingly
     Humeur raclette cheese. The shop sells a wide array     love cheese, be sure to stop by!                          hand made in Gatineau. Check the website for the
     of local and regional products, and over 350 of the                                                               many points of sale.
     world’s finest cheeses. Also on site are microbrewery
     beers, a fresh bakery, and a fine foods and deli        Fromagerie Les Folies Bergères                      $E    Petite Nation
     section. Take home a delicious meal prepared by Chef
                                                             955 Rt. 317                                               Montebello
     Patrick Lehoux. Free product tastings. Come see how
                                                             819 983-4010 – lafromagerielesfoliesbergeres.ca
     cheese is made!                                                                                                   ChocoMotive                                      3$E
                                                             Open: Year-round

                                                             Les Folies Bergères is an artisanal cheese factory        502 Notre-Dame St.
                                                             specializing in cheese made from sheep’s milk             819 423-5737 – chocomotive.ca
                                                             produced by its own flock of ewes. It also sells a line   Open: Year-round
                                                             of sheep and goat milk products, cheddar made fresh       ChocoMotive is an artisanal chocolate company that
                                                             daily from cow’s milk sourced from nearby farms in        uses authentic know-how to make its products. Visit
                                                             the Petite Nation, farm-raised meat (lamb and pork),      the chocolate shop, watch chocolate being made in
                                                             and prepared foods. All products are made by hand,        the open workshop, and learn about chocolate around
                                                             with an emphasis on quality and authenticity.             the world! ChocoMotive offers a traditional array of
                                                                                                                       pralines and seasonal molded treats, as well as an
                                                                                                                       assortment of organic and fair-trade chocolates made
                                                                                                                       with local and Indigenous ingredients. ChocoMotive is
                                                                                                                       a member of the international Economuseum network.
                                                                                                                       Guided tours for groups of 12 or more available on
                                                                                                                       request.                                                                                            ChocoMotive

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Local Flavours – Travel by Experience                                                                                                                                                       Travel by Experience – Local Flavours

     Microbreweries and                                                                                                       Pick-your-own                                             Les Fruits du Sommet                                $ÂE
     Distilleries                                                                                                              Gatineau
                                                                                                                                                                                        9 Potvin Rd.
                                                                                                                                                                                        819 465-2026 – agrigolf.ca
                                                                                                                                                                                        Open: May to October
                                                                                                                              Courges et cie                                    ¶E                                                                   2
                                                                                                                                                                                        Located in an enchanting natural setting, Les Fruits
     Artist in Residence                                  JE                                                                  59 Myre Rd.                                               du Sommet farm offers a unique combination
                                                                                                                              819 663-0089 – courgescie.com                             of agriculture and a 9-hole, par-31 executive golf
     243 Bombardier St.                                                                                                       Open: August to November                                  course. Play a round as you sample several varieties
     819 777-4800 – 1 844 735-8800 – airdistillerie.com/en                                                                                                                              of berries, or pick your own among 10 varieties
                                                                                                                              Enjoy the beautiful autumn days at Courges & cie,         of raspberries (including black raspberries) and 7
     Artist in Residence is an ultramodern artisanal                                                                          an agritourism farm located in Gatineau, less than
     microdistillery located on the edge of the City of                                                                                                                                 varieties of blueberries. The farm stand sells fresh
                                                                                                                              15 minutes from downtown Ottawa. Come pick your           berries and delicious local products such as vinegar,
     Gatineau. AiR Distillerie is the first microdistillery in                                                                own fruit or browse the market to choose from
     the Outaouais region, with one of the largest artisanal                                                                                                                            jams and jellies, mistelle and more.
                                                                                                                              over 150 varieties of squash and pumpkins and
     production capacities in the country. Come discover                                                                      over 50 varieties of tomatoes. Sample the farm’s
     the distillery and its new way of thinking and crafting.
                                                                                              Les Brasseurs de Montebello     wood-fired pizza, crêpes bretonnes, squash donuts,        Public Markets
     Guided tours and spirits tastings are available by                                                                       poutine, fries, and soups. Take home one of their
     appointment.                                                                                                             home-cooked meals.                                         Gatineau
                                                                 Gainsbourg                                    Jø¶EX
     Brasserie du Bas-Canada                            ø¶E                                                                   Potager Eardley                                       E
                                                                 9 Aubry St.                                                                                                            Masson Flea Market                                 $øE
     455 La Gappe Blvd., Local 103                                                                                            398 Eardley Rd.
                                                                 819 777-3700 – gainsbourg.ca/en                                                                                        110 Georges St.
     819 525-6162 – brasseriebascanada.com                                                                                    819 684-0273 – potagereardley.com
                                                                 Open: Year-round                                                                                                       819 986-3552 – encanlarose.com/en
     Open: Year-round                                                                                                         Open: June to October
                                                                 Gainsbourg is a bistro restaurant and microbrewery                                                                     Open: Year-round
     Brasserie du Bas-Canada is located in Gatineau,                                                                          This agritourism farm grows fruits and vegetables,
                                                                 located in the historic district of Old Hull, Gatineau.                                                                The largest flea market in the Outaouais! Fair-like
     Outaouais. Proudly independent, its mission is to                                                                        including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, sweet
                                                                 This place is all about the pleasures of good food and                                                                 atmosphere, music, several restaurants, snack bar,
     create quality craft beers and contribute to the                                                                         corn, pumpkins, and squash. Experience the pleasure
                                                                 drink in a pub style establishment; the pleasures of                                                                   pub and patio.
     development of Quebec’s brewing culture.                                                                                 of picking your own fruit. Potager Eardley also makes
                                                                 music and songs; the pleasures of a gastropub style
     Brasseurs du Temps                             2ø¶EX        menu and a selection of microbrews on tap and in             artisanal ice cream, gelato, sorbet, and frozen yogurt.   Old Aylmer farmers’ market                    $øÂEX
                                                                 bottles from throughout Quebec and high quality
     170 Montcalm St.                                                                                                                                                                   115 Principale St.
                                                                 brewed in a microbrewery in the forefront. The smell          Vallée-de-la-Gatineau
     819 205-4999 – brasseursdutemps.com/en                                                                                                                                             819 661-5783 – marchevieuxaylmer.ca
                                                                 of grain that welcomes us, barn wood, the intimate
     Open: Year-round                                                                                                                                                                   Open: June to September
                                                                 stage on which big names have already played, the            Messines
     Located on the very premises of a brewery origi-            staff considers you a host of choice. You are at home                                                                  Located in the heart of the historic village of Aylmer,
                                                                                                                              Ferme Au soleil levant                                E
     nally owned by Philemon Wright, the founder of              here.                                                                                                                  the market showcases over 40 producers, farmers and
     Hull Township, Les Brasseurs du Temps restores                                                                           5 Entrée Sud Rd.                                          artisans from the Outaouais region. Open Sundays
                                                                  Petite Nation                                               819 441-4877 – facebook.com/Fermeausoleillevant           from June 2 to September 29 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), it offers
     the Brewery Creek site to its original purpose.
                                                                                                                              Open: June to September                                   activities and entertainment for the whole family.
     Les Brasseurs du Temps microbrewery is a beacon
     that makes downtown a tourist, cultural and social          Montebello                                                   La Ferme au soleil levant (“Rising Sun Farm”) in
     destination.                                                Les Brasseurs de Montebello                   JÂn¶E          Messines planted its first berry bushes in 2009. Today,
                                                                                                                              it cultivates seven varieties of honeysuckle and ten
                                                                 485 Notre-Dame St.
                                                                                                                              varieties of blueberries. Rich in antioxidants, these
                                                                 819 309-0807 – brasseursdemontebello.com
                                                                                                                              tasty berries are easy to pick and to enjoy, both raw
                                                                 Open: Year-round
                                                                                                                              and cooked. A charming spot for a family visit!
                                                                 The Brasseurs’ mission: produce and serve quality
                                                                 beers, promote the heritage of the Outaouais, its
                                                                 artists and its community. With its warm atmosphere
                                                                 the Pub des Brasseurs de Montebello stands out and
                                                                 is the ideal place for a 5-7 or meeting with friends.
                                                                 Regular shows Saturday all year and on the patio on
                                                                 weekends during the summer. Always evolving, their
                                                                 gastronomic offer is constantly renewed. Paninis,
                                                                 Pizzas, Bison Nachos frayed at ‘’ Miss Beety ‘’, cheese
                                                                 platter, Fried Jalapeno, Fried Pickle, etc.                                                                                                           Old Aylmer farmers’ market

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