This summer, West Quebec is where it’s happening! To mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, and indeed, our incredible joie de vivre, a slew of thrilling activities worth checking out have been organized. Still looking to fill some gaps in your summer calendar? No worries! Here are 7 must-do activities in our lovely region.
Jacques Cartier Park is the site of the biggest horticultural event in Canada this year, MosaïCanada. In short, it’s 40 or so works that bring together painting and sculpture as expressed through plants, all designed for the occasion to reflect 150 years of history, arts and culture in Canada. Ladies, this is the perfect occasion to get out your best floral print dress.
When : June 30 to October 15, 2017
Where : Jacques Cartier Park, Gatineau
Admission : Free
Have you always dreamed of acting in Back to the Future? This is your chance! Kontinuum takes you on an inspiring, immersive multimedia journey through a future Ottawa light rail station, which will be in service in 2018. The exhibition will give you a peek at the facilities and get you excited about the project through impressive light play, unreal sound effects and magical visuals in motion. And if everything’s happening a few feet underground, it’s just so that your favourite jean jacket can enjoy the event as well.
When : July 16 to September 14, 2017
Where : Future Lyon LRT station, Ottawa
Admission : Free
You can now get out your solid or multicultural-style baggy pants from Simons and lay them on the corner of your bed. You’re definitely going to wear them when you go to see Cirque du Soleil’s Volta. Inspired in part by the spirit of adventure that drives fans of extreme sports, Volta draws viewers into a spellbinding story about freedom of choice and the giddiness of making your own way that combines acrobatic feats, tuneful music and surrealist sets.
When : August 3 to 7, 2017
Where : Zibi
Admission : From $39
Looking for a different kind of evening activity, something that will impress? We’ve found it. Agwàtà, which means “to emerge from water” in Algonquin, is a heritage-themed, artistic multimedia water show that will amaze both young and old. Our history will appear out of the Ruisseau de la Brasserie (aka Brewery Creek). One by one, a ballet of fish, a log drive opera and scenes of heartless industry will rise from the water. Kind of poetic, no? Get your nicest sandals out, wear them with your boyfriend jeans and away you go!
When : July 21 to 30, 2017
Where : Ruisseau de la Brasserie
Admission : $7
We’re delighted that the Fonderie building is turning into a huge art exhibition space this summer. In total, a dozen paintings and sculptures will complement the MosaïCanada exhibition in Jacques Cartier Park as part of Canada Scene and celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Endless Landscape is the perfect opportunity to play to the gallery, literally, in your best boho hat.
When : July and August 2017
Where : La Fonderie building
Admission : Free
Whether it’s a rainy old afternoon or a sunny morning, Omega Park is the ideal family spot, a short hop from West Quebec. Discover many species of wild animals living freely, including moose, elk, bison, wolves and bears. Want to see deer up so close that they drool on your clothes? Bring giant bags of carrots. The deer totally love these veggies and will go as far as to stick their heads in your car to steal some. To protect yourself from the sun, don’t forget your favourite sunglasses. They might come in handy!
When : Any season
Where : Omega Park
Admission : From $8.70
Looking to cool off during a heat wave? Just bought a new swimsuit at Bikini Village and really want to show it off? Just plan a trip to Mont Cascades. It’s that simple! Whether it’s the superfast Proracer waterslide, the Rapids River or the Cascades Falls Pool, you’ll find the perfect slide to match your mood at the moment. To give yourself some support — because we know that waterslides can be rough on your swimsuit — go for a high neck or adjustable top. You’ll certainly find what you need if you make a short trip to S3.
When : All summer
Where : Mont Cascades waterpark
Admission : From $19.99