Discover Culture, Food and Fun in the Outaouais! #JoieDeVivre #OutaouaisFun

| August 1, 2017 | 6 Comments

Discover Culture, Food and Fun in the #Outaouais!

#JoieDeVivre #OutaouaisFun

 

Picking a getaway destination soon? Have you considered visiting the Outaouais? Neighbouring Canada’s capital, the Outaouais is a beautiful and vibrant region that holds an abundance of activities for visitors to choose from. Want to discover culture, food and fun? The Outaouais holds all of these areas of interests and so much more! Ottawa Mommy Club was invited by Outaouais Tourism to be a part of a guided tour of Gatineau in order to see just a sliver of what this region has for visitors to discover.

 

Discover Culture, Food and Fun in the #Outaouais! #JoieDeVivre #OutaouaisFun

A collage of photos of a day in Gatineau, QC.

 

Sometimes, it is fun to live and move around like a local when on vacation. Using public transit is an economical way to visit sites around a city. Our day began just like this when we were treated to a ride on Gatineau’s public transit the STO . The L’Escapade Multi 3-Day Pass, riders will have access to unlimited trips for three consecutive days for only $20.  Only in town for a day? STO also offers a Multi 1-Day pass. Both passes are available at select locations in Gatineau and can help get you around to experience the city in a fun way.

 

 

After having a bit of fun zipping around Gatineau, we had arrived at our first big stop for our trip: The Museum of Canadian History to get a look at the new Canadian History Hall opened to the public for Canada Day. Canada Hall aims to tell Canada’s history Through the experiences of real people and from various perspectives. Occupying over 4 000 square metres of exhibition space, this exhibit is the largest one devoted to Canadian history ever created. It features three sections and 1500 unique artifacts, some being national historic treasures.

 

Discover Culture, Food and Fun in the #Outaouais! #JoieDeVivre #OutaouaisFun

Woman in front of Canadian Museum of History

 

Canada Hall aims to tell Canada’s history Through the experiences of real people and from various perspectives. Occupying over 4 000 square metres of exhibition space, this exhibit is the largest one devoted to Canadian history ever created. It features three sections and 1500 unique artifacts, some being national historic treasures.

There are so many interesting artifacts and interactive installations in this exhibit to see and learn from. I got lost in the amount of history the museum has displayed for visitors to discover. I could have stayed in all three sections all day if we did not have so much more to see and do.

 

Discover Culture, Food and Fun in the #Outaouais! #JoieDeVivre #OutaouaisFun

Collage of photos from the Canadian History Hall at the Canadian Museum of History.

 

Once we left the museum, we were brought across the street to stand by a long red line on the sidewalk. This line is important as it is downtown Gatineau’s Culture Trail. Not sure what to do while in Gatineau? The Culture Trail is a three kilometer line that allows visitors to explore sites that hold cultural significance to the city. This path also directs visitors to many sites involved in Canada 150 celebrations as well as several points of interest. Markers are posted along the Culture Trail for travelers to find different points of interest. An information cart will be present randomly along this trail to provide people with information, give out maps of the city, and they may have a surprise in store those who approach it.

 

Discover Culture, Food and Fun in the #Outaouais! #JoieDeVivre #OutaouaisFun

Culture and heritage marker along downtown Gatineau’s Culture Trail

 

Discover Culture, Food and Fun in the #Outaouais! #JoieDeVivre #OutaouaisFun

Info Cart along downtown Gatineau’s Culture Trail

 

Once divided, my group made our way to Soif – Bar à vin, a chic and bubbly wine bar owned by sommelier Véronique Rivest. She greeted us at the entrance and seated us at our table on her charming patio.

 

Discover Culture, Food and Fun in the #Outaouais! #JoieDeVivre #OutaouaisFun

Collage of photos from the front of Soif – Bar à vin.

 

From all of the delicious selections on the lunch menu, I noshed on Soif’s Frittata and Greens and sipped on a glass of Julep 2015. The Frittata and Greens was like have brunch elegantly served all in one dish. My wine was fresh, with a bit of a floral scent to it. It was such a treat to get to relax and chat while enjoying a meal in this beautiful restaurant in the Gatineau.

 

Discover Culture, Food and Fun in the #Outaouais! #JoieDeVivre #OutaouaisFun

Wine menu on a table at Soif

 

Discover Culture, Food and Fun in the #Outaouais! #JoieDeVivre #OutaouaisFun

A glass of wine on a table at Soif

 

Discover Culture, Food and Fun in the #Outaouais! #JoieDeVivre #OutaouaisFun

Frittata and Greens meal at Soif

 

After we filled our be