Saturday, September 22, 2012

Autumn in Quebec: Exploring the great outdoors of the Outaouais


Autumn color in the Outaouais. Photos by Sue Frause.

The Outaouais (pronounced utawa) is a region in western Quebec, located on the north side of the Ottawa River across from Canada's capital of Ottawa. Gatineau is the main city, the fourth largest in Quebec. I first visited the Outaouais in autumn, a beautiful time of year to experience the area. 

Omega Park is home to buffalo, wapiti, black bears, red deer, wolves, Alpine ibex and wild boar.


This fellow was particularly curious and seemed to know where the food was located.

Plenty of room to roam on the park's walking path and hiking trails. 

Lunch in nearby Papineauville at La table de Pierre Delahaye, in a house built in 1880.

Overnight at Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello, a log chateau built in 1930.


A hike in Gatineau Park on the Mount King trail with views out to Ottawa-Gatineau.

Before heading off to Ottawa, lunch at the Moorside Tea Room, located in the heart of Gatineau Park at the Mackenzie King Estate. The estate was the summer house of Canada's 10th Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King.

Mackenzie King Estate includes 231 hectares of landscaped green space, along with gardens and ruins such as this.


Colorful heritage gardens were still in bloom at the end of September.