Get to know our forests, lakes, woods and meadows dotted with cheery farmhouses and charming villages.
Nature is all around us in the Outaouais, a region between Montreal and Ottawa known for its rugged beauty. Wild and rural, and truly spectacular come autumn with the fiery changing leaves reflecting on placid lakes, this area is all about outdoor adventures of all kinds.
Watch bison and bears roam on a wildlife safari at Parc Omega. Take a boat trip along Canada’s second-largest waterway, the Ottawa River, or park your yacht at our 110-slip resort marina May to October. Motor along a scenic self-tour to artisan distilleries, family farmsteads, a mom ‘n pop fromagerie with tempting cheeses and boutique wineries. Spend an afternoon strolling quaint Montebello, a traditional village with French-Canadian charm a short walk from Le Château Montebello.
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It’s truly a thrill to see a gray wolf trotting by a few feet from your car window or an elk buck up close with a full rack of antlers. Take a Quebec wildlife safari, spotting free-ranging moose, elk, bison, black bears, owls, bald eagles and even elusive wolves in their natural environment. Feed the goats and pigs, pet spotted Bambis and ride ponies. Open all year, Parc Omega houses both indigenous creatures and domestic critters on its 2,200-acre preserve.LEARN MORE
Go on a trophy fishing excursion for rainbow and lake trout, bass and Northern Pike, at one of the province’s top angling destinations. Spanning 65,000 untamed acres filled with lakes, rivers, forest and rushing waterfalls, Kenauk Nature is one of the oldest and largest private fish and game reserves in North America. Meet staff naturalists and biologists at the onsite fish hatchery that houses 50 animal species and 200-plus bird varieties alone.LEARN MORE
Peruse local designers’ fashions or try some artisan chocolate. Sample Quebec’s famed farmstead cheeses on fluffy loaves of fresh-baked bread and take home some local vintages. Shop antiques, leather goods and art gallery finds. With its 1870s vintage brick homes, steepled church and old-fashioned main street, the sweet village of Montebello, just a short jaunt on foot.LEARN MORE
Enjoy poutine, burgers and frites on the patio with a river view, glasses of local wine over cheesy pizza or a cozy dinner out at a neighbourhood bistro getting to know the locals. Lunch at a sidewalk café, dine on Italian favourites or meet friends for a relaxed evening at a classic gastro-pub. Soon you’ll feel like one of the regulars in this friendly small town.LEARN MORE
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Trek to picturesque waterfalls at Plaisance National Park, known for having a little bit of everything: an extensive network of trails to hike, cross-country ski or snowshoe or pretty beaches. Visit Montebello’s historic church or tour the National Historic Site of Manoir-Papineau, a European-style 1850s manor house and former private residence overlooking the river.LEARN MORE
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