Summer activities to do with your family? Your answer is in Outaouais!
As summer finally rolls into town, you may be looking for ways to keep the kids busy. The longer days mean more time for fun, and the Outaouais area offers a host of summer activities for the whole family. Here are a few of our favourites:
Celebrating the art of mosaiculture and paying tribute to 150 years of Canadian history! This spectacular horticultural celebration brings together Canada’s 10 provinces, 3 territories and the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador with 33 unique works. Covering five periods in Canada’s history, MosaiCanada150 takes visitors on a one-kilometre tour of the nation. Discover the amazing works, representing nature, history, and culture. From historical figures to symbols from First Nations legends and folklore, these works make up the collective identity of our great nation. Above all, it is a free event. It is held at Parc Jacques-Cartier in Gatineau from June 30 to October 15, 2017.
The circus comes to town
World-renowned Cirque du Soleil is rolling into town and presenting a series of shows from August 3 to 27, 2017. And this year’s show promises to be an awe-inspiring performance! VOLTA tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Inspired by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of action sports, the show weaves acrobatics with a melodic score. Under the Big Top on the Zibi Site, this is a show you will not want to miss!
Summer activities for adventure seekers
Suspended walkways, rope bridges, and zip lining, oh my! For the more adventurous families, the Outaouais area has also plenty of summer activities to get your adrenaline pumping. For example, Arbraska Laflèche Park and Camp Fortune are great ways to experience the rush of the outdoors. You’ll fly above trees, zoom over lakes, and balance on suspended walkways high above the forest below. Also, visitors can venture deep into the Arbraska Laflèche cave and discover 1,001 subterranean mysteries. Book your adventure today.
Summer activities for outdoor enthusiasts
Furthermore, with over 300,000 hectares of beautiful scenery, Gatineau Park offers plenty of summer activities to keep you busy. Only 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa, the Park is home to a unique and diversified ecosystem and many heritage features. Hiking, mountain biking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, swimming . . . there is truly something for everyone!
And if cycling is your thing, Gatineau offers close to 300 kilometres of bike trails and paths. You can bike the trails or parkway in Gatineau Park and take in the beautiful views of the Ottawa Valley. Or you can also explore the TransCanada Trail or the Route Verte with its many lookout points. Seeing the Outaouais on two wheels is a great way to experience the area. And don’t forget to schedule a stop at one of the terraces along the way!
Summer activities for nature lovers
If your kids love animals and learning about them, Outaouais has plenty of summer activities to satisfy their curiosity. First of all, explore Éco-Odyssey, a one-of-a-kind park located only 30 minutes from Gatineau. Here you will discover the natural habitat of the beaver. With over 500 acres of land and marsh, you can pedal boat, canoe and walk the park as you learn all about Canada’s national animal.
Then, take a trip to Omega Park in Montebello. Drive along the 15-kilometre road and greet some of Canada’s best-known animals as they roam the 890-hectare wildlife park. Bison, wapiti, bears, deer, moose, and wolves are just some of Omega’s amazing residents.
Entertaining, exciting, relaxing, and fun . . . the Outaouais makes planning your summer activities a breeze. Reserve your stay at the Ramada Plaza Gatineau and enjoy all the area has to offer.
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