Rediscover the fun of road tripping as you
follow the rivers and waterways. A great road trip itinerary is the
d’eau tourist route in the Outaouais
region. This route travels across the region from east to west and
is lined with more than 90 attractions, gourmet restaurants and cozy
places to stay overnight.
The Chemins d’eau route
promises lots of activities for all ages. Your journey starts on
Route 148, which leads to the Pontiac sector through the Petite
Nation sector and the city of Gatineau. Let the Ottawa River guide
you along to wonderful scenery. Halfway through your drive, turn
northbound and follow the Gatineau River to the
Collines-de-l’Outaouais sector, known for picturesque villages. Keep
your eyes peeled for the roadside markers to learn more about the
historic and cultural sites along the route.
No matter how long you want your road
trip to be, you can pick one of the themed circuits that suggest
outdoor activities, visits to the museums and delicious restaurants
for a bite to eat. The Papineau (Petite Nation) – On the trail
of the seigneurs circuit starts just one hour from Montréal
and suggests a visit to the Parc
national de Plaisance, a sanctuary for thousands of birds, and
a visit to the Chutes de Plaisance natural and
historic site. Take a break in Montebello before then heading out to
to learn more about local wildlife.
Your trip wouldn’t be complete without
stopping by one of the 19 must-sees that are accessible from the Chemins
d’eau route. Adventure-seekers will love the activities
at the Chutes
Coulonges Park in the Pontiac municipality. Families will
share fun times on a paddleboat at the Eco-Odyssée
water maze in Wakefield, located 30 minutes from Gatineau. Another
idea – especially during a heat wave – is to spend a day at the
supervised beach at Leamy
Lake Park, a large urban park where you’ll also find a
playground and trails that lead to important archeological sites.
Before you go on your road trip, have a
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