Whether it’s a night with the wolves, a sleigh ride at La Petite Nation, a stay in a yurt or a day of rest and relaxation, we’ve got it all in the Outaouais! To help you make the most of the last days of winter or to entertain the kids during March break, Les Promenades Gatineau has found 10 must-do activities for you in the region. On your marks, get set, go!
NIGHT WITH THE WOLVES AT PARC OMÉGA
Here’s the perfect occasion to get out those striped pyjamas. Sleeping surrounded by a pack of wolves? Only Parc Oméga can give you that kind of immersive experience. As a couple, alone, with friends or with family, it’s the ideal way to enjoy our rich Canadian winter.
When: All year
Where: Parc Oméga
Cost: $549 (for four people)
SPA, MASSAGE AND RELAXATION AT NORDIK SPA-NATURE
After all, March break isn’t just for the kids. Ladies and gentlemen, why not give yourself a little down time? On offer: hot baths, cold baths, relaxation, meditation. Slip on your favourite new one-piece swimsuit from Bikini Village, put on a bathrobe from La Vie en Rose, grab your sandals and head out to Chelsea!
When: All year
Where: Nordik Spa-Nature
Cost: From $68
SKATING THROUGH THE FOREST
Really, this is quite something — a three km skating trail right through the Outaouais forest. Be proud and enjoy it! Get out your parka and black leggings from Garage and make a trip to Lac-des-Loups for a day on skates. This family activity par excellence will keep your little monsters busy all afternoon. And the after-skate hot chocolate is a must!
When: Check rink conditions
Cost: From $9 (free for kids five years old and under)
WINTER ZIPLINING AT ARBRASKA LAFLÈCHE
Yes indeed, this very popular mix of suspended bridges, swings and ziplines above the Canadian Shield is also available all winter. Follow the aerial trails of Arbraska Laflèche ready to go in your quilted coat from Sports Experts. Viewing the Outaouais and its snowy peaks is just what you need to make March break a success.
When: Open on request all winter
Where: Arbraska Laflèche
Cost: $6 to $48
Put on your favourite Sorel boots and hit the road to La Petite-Nation. Let’s face it, whether with friends or family, there is no more epic Canadian north experience than a dogsledding ride. Your older ones will have something to tell their friends when they come back from March break — promise!
When: All winter
Where: Chiens-Traineaux Petite-Nation
Cost: From $55
SURVIVAL IN SLO-MO
On those days when the thermometer drops and the weather looks a bit more biting, come meet iguanas, bats, rattlesnakes and sloths at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Dressed in their best cotton shirts (we’ve got a thing for the ones at H&M) like true explorers, your kids can discover the habitats of over 20 animals, meet their keepers and see these animals who live in slow-mo up close.
When: Until April 28
Where: Canadian Museum of Nature
Cost: $6 plus museum admission
NIGHT IN A CABIN IN GATINEAU PARK
The Outaouais is full of snow-covered trails where you can practise your favourite winter sport. It would be a shame to not make the most of this. Whether your thing is snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or hiking in the woods, nothing beats a day outdoors in nature. If you know what you’re doing, try a night in a ready-to-camp unit.
Gatineau Park is a real playground for outdoor enthusiasts.
When: All year
Where: Gatineau Park
Cost: From $100.80
CLIMBING AT ALTITUDE GYM
On those chillier days, or to keep busy if you’re the active type, it’s hard to beat a day at Altitude Gym. With your pair of sneakers, relaxed fit pants and casual sweater from Clément, enjoy bouldering routes for any skill level at this rock-climbing centre. The perfect activity for your inner Spider-Man.
When: All year
Where: Altitude Gym
Cost: From $9.95
SNOWTUBING AT SOMMET EDELWEISS
Whether you’re young or not so young, no one can resist snowtubing. If you want to have a blast as a family, if you’re a speed demon or if you just want to remember elementary school recess, snowtubing always does the trick. The perfect way to get out and enjoy winter before it ends.
When: Until March 25
Where: Sommet Edelweiss
Cost: From $21,99 for 13 years old and over
PARENT-CHILD COOKING CLASS
Now here’s something off the beaten path. For experienced cooks or just to introduce your older ones to cooking, why not choose a parent-child cooking class with Chef Thierry? On the menu for March break: making Chantilly swan pastries! Mmmm!
A cooking class is a great excuse to give kiddo a new children’s apron or kitchen tools. Thanks, Simons!
When: Occasionally throughout the year
Where: Chef Thierry
Cost: Varies by class
So, mom and dad, now you’re ready to face March break with the family. No matter the weather, get out that agenda. There’s plenty to fill it!