Outaouais is a western region of Quebec, which includes Gatineau, the Pontiac region and the town of Maniwaki. Located north of the Ottawa river, it’s opposite of Canada’s capital. You may have visited Montreal and the Eastern Townships but, have you ever thought about exploring Western Quebec?
The Outaouais region has loads to experience – from the bustling city of Gatineau to small towns and amazing and extensive parks. Whether you’re an urbanite or the camping type, you’ll find plenty to do.
So, what’s going on in Outaouais this year?
1) Wolves, bears and deer, oh my! Parc Omega now offers several kinds of overnight lodging: three prospector tents, three WiTents, and a cabin on stilts for up to seven people. As you hike in to your accommodation, don’t be surprised to see wild deer roaming free in their natural habitat. The bears and wolves are also nearby, but they’re in an enclosure!
2) Are you glowing my way? From May 3 to November 9, the Canadian Museum of Nature presents Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence. This brand-new exhibit has a wide variety of incredible glowing creatures from around the world. Curators went to enormous lengths – for example, flashlight fish are only found off the coast of Japan, and can only be collected during a new moon. Don’t let their efforts be in vain! If you’re in Outaouais, check it out!
3) If you’re a cyclist, you probably already know about the amazing trail system and bicycle network throughout Outaouais, but did you know that there are now a whopping 617km of bicycle trails in the Petite-Nation La Lièvre?
4) Arbraska Laflèche – Cave and Aerial Parks. The park has just added a new loop to its aerial course, which now has 67 aerial features and 21 zip lines 400 feet and longer!
5) Casino du Lac-Leamy. To celebrate its 18th birthday this year, the Casino du Lac-Leamy recently opened its new central bar, Bar 7! With a massive video wall and many multimedia features, it’s perfect if you’re looking for somewhere to escape from all that nature.
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