Take a road trip along the water in the Outaouais
 

Take a road trip along the water in the Outaouais

Destinations to explore May 13, 2019
Take a road trip along the water in the Outaouais
Take a road trip along the water in Outaouais
Follow a route dotted with 97 historical, natural and gastronomical tourist attractions in the Outaouais. Chemins d’eau 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!

Discover the 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 trip
The Canadian Museum of History is just one of the many extraordinary places to visit on this road trip

Nature is 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.

Make your 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 Fort-Coulonge.


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