Here, it’s one foot in the city and the other in nature. Enjoy an outdoor adventure in the morning and cultural discoveries in the afternoon or evening. Large parks await you, just a stone’s throw from Ottawa, the National Capital. Our land is vast and generous; our chefs, inspired and creative. Outaouais is 33,000 km2 (12,738 sq. mi.) of pure delight!
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Canada’s most visited museum, a huge park right next to the city, and a small town with the world’s largest log cabin. Here, everything is measured.
Canadian Museum of History
The museum’s impressive architecture demands attention from afar, even as far away as Ontario! That’s not difficult, of course, as the museum sits on the banks of the Ottawa River, facing Ottawa. But there’s no denying that it’s eye-catching. The huge sand-coloured building of curving forms evokes “the emergence of this continent, its forms sculptured by the winds, the rivers, the glaciers,” says its designer, architect Douglas Cardinal, whose work has received many awards.
The museum’s interior is equalling striking, especially the Grand Hall, with its high ceilings—needed to display the gigantic totem poles—and massive windows offering up a view of Parliament Hill. The museum is so vast it is also home to an IMAX giant-screen cinema as well as a children’s museum, where little ones can have fun learning about people around the world.
The museum houses the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles.
It’s the National Capital Region’s playground, just a few minutes from downtown Ottawa-Gatineau. This conservation park, located where the Gatineau and Ottawa rivers meet, unfurls its hills and valleys over an area of 361 km2 (139 sq. mi.). From the Champlain Lookout, contemplate the vast landscapes... while perhaps snuggling up to that special someone? After all, it’s one of the region’s top five spots for sharing a kiss!
The park also offers access to one of North America’s most expansive trail networks. In addition to hiking and mountain biking (an extreme version is offered at Camp Fortune), you can go rock climbing, horseback riding, swimming, fishing, canoeing, camping and kayaking. In the summer, take a historical tour of the Mackenzie King Estate, the residence of Canada’s 10th prime minister... and apparently a few ghosts!
Visit Lusk Cave, made of marble, in the Philippe Lake area.
Parc de la Gatineau
C’est le terrain de jeux de la région de la capitale du Canada, situé à quelques minutes du centre-ville d’Ottawa-Gatineau. Ce parc de conservation au carrefour des rivières Gatineau et des Outaouais déroule ses collines et ses vallées sur 361 kilomètres carrés. On en contemple l’ampleur depuis le belvédère Champlain, où on embrasse l’horizon… et l’élu(e) de son cœur, car c’est l’un des cinq endroits réputés dans la région pour les bisous.
Le parc donne accès à l’un des réseaux de sentiers les plus étendus en Amérique du Nord. En plus de la randonnée pédestre et du vélo de montagne (en version extrême au Camp Fortune), on y pratique notamment l’escalade, l’équitation, la baignade, la pêche, le canot, le camping et le kayak. L’été, on fait une visite historique du domaine Mackenzie-King, lieu de résidence du dixième premier ministre du Canada et de quelques fantômes, semble-t-il.
On peut visiter la caverne Lusk, faite de marbre, dans le secteur du lac Philippe.
Château Montebello is said to be the world’s largest log cabin. While this is true, Château Montebello is so much more. This Fairmont resort hotel boasts luxurious accommodations in natural surroundings as well as refined gastronomy. Plenty of outdoor activities are offered year-round, just as they are at the Château’s neighbour, Kenauk Nature, one of North America’s largest private nature reserves.
Close by, the former Montebello train station houses ChocoMotive, a chocolate shop and Économusée. Meanwhile, the Fromagerie Montebello gives historical names to its artisanal cheeses... you’ll truly savour the past!
Montebello is the name seigneur Louis-Joseph Papineau gave to his manor.
Parc Oméga is an animal lovers’ delight. Observe the free-roaming wildlife from the comfort of your car or while strolling along the trails.
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