A region of contrasts, the Outaouais is a place where you can enjoy activities in the great outdoors as well as visits to national museums, art galleries and microbreweries in the heart of the city. It’s also a perfect destination to learn more about North American wildlife and to enjoy winter sports in magnificent parks. Put on your skis or snowshoes to explore enchanting trails, or lace up your skates to discover the longest skating rink in the world!

Have fun at the Winterlude’s Snowflake Kingdom

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It’s winter, and winter in Gatineau means the Snowflake Kingdom of the Winterlude! From February 3 to 20, 2023, the Snowflake Kingdom is back and on a brand new site. This huge winter playground is all about the joys of winter, for little ones and older ones too! In the evening, the snow sculptures and tubing runs are illuminated, offering visitors a magical atmosphere. Fun for the whole family! Make the most of winter in the most wonderful way!

Go skiing or snowboarding at Mont Ste-Marie

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A magnificent mountain with the largest vertical drop in the Outaouais—that’s Mont Ste-Marie! The mountain’s two peaks, Vanier and Cheval Blanc, offer a wide range of downhill options. With its long runs and spectacular views, Vanier is ideal for intermediate skiers and snowboarders, while Cheval Blanc has some of the best expert runs in Quebec, with wide, steep slopes and a vertical drop of over 360 metres. Whether you’re on skis or a snowboard, intermediate or expert, you’ll find trails you’ll love!

See the animals at Parc Omega

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Parc Omega is sure to be a hit with the whole family! In your vehicle, drive along a 12-kilometre safari-style route to observe Canadian wildlife in its natural habitat. Wolves, bison, wild boar, foxes ... have fun spotting as many animals as you can. Don’t forget your bag of carrots—the elk will love you forever! When you get hungry, step out of your vehicle and into the OmegaBon Restaurant, where the refined and seasonal menu will delight young and old. To keep the fun going, book an overnight stay in a glassed-in cabin in the middle of a wolf pack!

Practise your favourite sports at Gatineau Park

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Looking for somewhere to burn off some energy this winter? Gatineau Park, also known as “the green lung of the Outaouais,” is your playground for your favourite winter sports. Whether you want to go fatbiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking, a multitude of trails are available for outdoor enthusiasts looking for a challenge or active families with an itch to get moving. Gatineau Park is 361 km2 of possibilities!

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