The Outaouais is the perfect road trip destination during the fall season. In the far west, discover the Pontiac, a territory rich in heritage linked to its forestry history and where hikers are dazzled by the gold and fire-red leaves on the trees flanking the trails. The area is also known for the peace found in its forests and on the banks of its majestic waterways. There are many unexpected treasures here—and it’s so close to Montreal!


On your way to the Pontiac, make a stop at Potager Eardley farm in Gatineau to buy fruit, veggies and other seasonal goodies. Next, head to Chalets Prunella and stay in one of the cute cocoon-like cabins. Located in a forest on the shores of Lake Johnson, the cottages combine minimalism, comfort and contemporary design. We love that they are the initiative of two entrepreneurial sisters, and we also love the name, a nod to a local plant that’s also known as “heal-all” (which it apparently does!).



For the thrill of a lifetime, head to Parc des Chutes Coulonge Adventure Park the next morning. Two giant zip lines that fly over the tumultuous Coulonge river, a tree obstacle course and a via ferrata (a combo hiking/climbing activity) are sure to provide you with equal parts delight and jitters. Be sure to take a moment after your adventure to admire the falls from the interpretive trail.


All of this activity will have you working up a thirst, so make a pit stop at Little Red Wagon Winery in Clarendon. The family-run business produces a white, a red and a rosé with “northern” grape varieties (including Frontenac), and they’re perfect with homemade pizza or a beautiful plate of regional charcuterie and cheeses. Delish!


Last but not least, you won’t want to miss visiting the Willow Lane Alpacas in Bristol. These creatures are adorable!

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