Take a road trip along the water in the Outaouais
Follow a route dotted with 97 historical, natural and gastronomical tourist attractions in the
is a tourist route that travels across the region
from east to west as it runs along the Ottawa River from Pontiac
to Gatineau, then up the Gatineau River that leads to the
Collines-de-l’Outaouais and its picturesque villages. On your
way you’ll see how the rich heritage of the region is
intertwined with culture and the local food scene and how each
discovery is enhanced with amazing landscapes. Here are some
sights you won’t want to miss!
history of the Outaouais
When you follow the Chemins
d’eau tourist route, the history of the region springs to
life through its many points of interest. The Plaisance Falls
Historic Site tells the story of the birth of Petite Nation: the
first industrial village of the Outaouais, established in the 1800s.
The Canadian Museum of History is also a great place to visit to
learn more about the traditions and achievements of the First Nations and the first
settlers. Close by, in the Old Hull
district, you’ll find plenty of delicious restaurants.
The Canadian Museum of History is just
one of the many extraordinary places to visit on this road
key on this road trip
The scenery of the Outaouais is out
there to behold! Get to know the local wildlife at Omega Park in
Montebello – you can take your car along the trails or go on
foot to see the animals in their natural habitat. You’ll also
get a striking view from the Champlain Lookout at Gatineau Park,
where you can see the Canadian Shield and St. Lawrence Lowlands
meet up. And adventurers at heart will be thrilled to make their way
through the treetop course, via ferrata trail, ziplines and
hiking trail of the Chutes Coulonge Park.
trip a bit longer – it’s worth it!
The hotels, inns and resorts along
the Chemins d’eau also promise lots of discoveries.
The magnificent Fairmont Le Château Montebello invites you into
its log edifice where it serves local fine dining to tantalize
the most discerning palates. Or choose to sleep inside a
century-old mill at the Wakefield Mill Hotel & Spa. There’s
also the Victorian-style Spruceholme Inn, the
repurposed home of George Bryson, the great lumber baron of