Hike, Bike, and Raft Through the Great Outdoors in Western Québec

Adventure amid stunning landscapes on a seven-day tour through these regions filled with rivers, national parks, and mountains.

Parc régional du Mont Morissette

Parc régional du Mont Morissette

Photo by Myriam Baril-Tessier/Tourisme Outaouais

Let the pleasure of immersing yourself in nature unfurl in the Outaouais region of Western Québec. Whether you go by water, land, or air, this destination has plenty to keep you entertained. Then embark on an epic road trip, traveling further into the wilderness of Abitibi-Témiscamingue for a range of activities, from family-friendly daytrips to intense outdoor challenges. This itinerary is the ideal one for adventurers, friends, and families who enjoy nature. It’s a vacation that highlights hiking, biking, and rafting across two areas renowned for their dramatic landscapes and outdoor adventures.


Trip Highlight

Rafting and a New National Park

Enjoy a thrilling whitewater experience in the Outaouais at Rafting Momentum before swimming through rapids. Visit Parc national d'Opémican and find sandy shores, mountain heights, and clear lake water in Abitibi-Témiscamingue’s newest national park.

Trip Designer

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Parc régional du lac 31 Milles

Parc régional du lac 31 Milles

Courtesy of We did it our way/Tourisme Outaouais

Day 1Outdoors in the Outaouais

The Outaouais, often described as a natural playground, is a huge wilderness area of more than 12,700 square miles, close to big cities like Montréal or Gatineau. You’ll begin your journey at CarpeDiem Aventures, where you can rent kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards to explore the Picanoc River. Fuel up at their on-site bistro or pack a picnic to enjoy before challenging your friends or family to a game of Archery Tag. This fast-paced sport is like paintball but with foam-backed arrows.

After lunch, drive 30 minutes to Parc régional du lac 31 milles. Here you can immerse yourself in the heart of the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau’s natural splendor, where a vast lake awaits with crystal-clear waters, picturesque islands, and the ideal blend of rustic canoe camping or comfortable glamping options. If you’re traveling light and didn’t bring your gear or equipment, don’t worry, you can rent a canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddle board and reserve ahead online. For a special experience, consider renting your own island on the lake.

After a long leisurely afternoon spent on the water, visit L’Huile d’Olive for an ever-changing menu of seasonal and local produce. Although you could opt for one of the restaurant’s inns or cottages and there are camping options available in CarpeDiem Aventures and Parc régional du lac 31 milles, for a distinctive spot, drive an hour to Dômes Outaouais. The property offers visitors mountainside glamping inside a dome that comfortably fits up to four. Each dome features a full kitchen, bathroom with shower, wood-burning stove, and private deck complete with a hot tub.
Véloroute des Draveurs

Véloroute des Draveurs

Photo by Richère David/Tourisme Outaouais

Day 2Cycle the Trans Canada Trail

Spend the day exploring the Véloroute des Draveurs trail, an expansive bike path that’s part of the Trans Canada Trail. Take in the landscapes and cycle alongside the Blue Sea Lake for dramatic views. This scenic route stretches approximately 45 miles and follows an old railway line that was once used for transporting logs during the booming timber industry.

Suitable for cycling enthusiasts of all levels, the trail winds through breathtaking landscapes, including dense forests, tranquil lakes, and picturesque rivers, providing cyclists with a true connection to nature. The well-maintained route offers a mix of paved and gravel surfaces for a comfortable ride. You’ll pass plenty of rest areas, picnic spots, and interpretive panels that share the history of the timber trade and the region’s rich cultural heritage.

One of the highlights of the Véloroute des Draveurs is the Pont des Draveurs, a magnificent 745-foot bridge that spans the Gatineau River. This architectural marvel offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape and serves as a perfect spot to pause and capture some memorable photos.

You may also choose to extend your stay and visit the 138 square miles of verdant forest in the Gatineau Park and check out Nomades du Parc where you can rent outdoor equipment including mountain bikes and paddle boards. Visiting Eco-Odyssee Nature Park, a water maze you complete by pedal boat, canoe, kayak, or paddle board, is also an option in the region.

Just a 10-minute drive away from Eco-Odysee Nature Park, enjoy dinner at Nikosi Bistro-Pub which serves up traditional pub fare with an Indigenous twist. Try the duck poutine and grab a table with riverfront patio views.
Rafting Momentum

Rafting Momentum

Courtesy of Epic Trails/Tourisme Outaouais

Day 3Outaouais Water Adventures

Rise early for a day of adventure on the water. Drive just over an hour to Rafting Momentum for a thrilling whitewater experience on the Ottawa River. All packages include a riverside picnic lunch, a BBQ on your return, a beer or beverage, your river equipment and guide, and optional camping.

If you have enough energy leftover drive 30 minutes to Chutes Coulonge Adventure Park. Walk along the Coulonge River in this historic park with views of the waterfalls or for more thrills try the zip line, obstacle course, or via ferrata.

Stop at Café Downtown for a light supper of homemade soups and paninis where they also hold regular events including karaoke nights.
Parc national d'Opémican

Parc national d’Opémican

Photo by Hugo Lacroix/Tourisme Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Day 4Road Trip to Abitibi-Témiscamingue

After a road trip of around 4 hours 30 minutes north of the Outaouais region, you’ll arrive in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, a nature lovers’ ideal destination. From winding rivers to ancient boreal forests, this region is waiting to be explored.

Spend your day at Parc national d’Opémican which will be your base for the remainder of the trip. Opémican is a brand-new national park that encompasses Lac Kipawa and the cliffs of Lac Témiscamingue. Walk along the sandy shores, hike or bike the trails, or kayak the lake. Kids will enjoy the treasure hunt game, and learn more about the park’s mascot Kana, in free organized family events.

Lodging in the park ranges from backcountry canoe camping to ready-to-camp canvas-sealed wood structures that offer more comfortable accommodations including double beds, and all you need to cook including a fridge, and auxiliary heating and lighting. Gather outside for ghost stories under the starlit forest skies.

Just 20 minutes from Parc national d’Opémican, stop for a bite at Bistro O’Shack et O’Persay. Overlooking the O’Persay campground, the bistro serves seasonal food with a beautiful view of Lac Kipawa.

Pro tip: You can pick up camping gear from the Coop de l’arrière-pays, which also offers guided tours including rock climbing, canoeing, and nature interpretations.
Parc national d'Opémican

Parc national d’Opémican

Photo by Christian Leduc/Tourisme Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Day 5 Explore Parc national d’Opémican

Fill today with outdoor pursuits. A range of exciting options await, including continuing your adventures in Opémican or rock climbing nearby with Camp de base Abitibi, which specializes in outdoor and adventure tourism. They’ll provide everything you need to climb from the equipment to certified instructors and guides to help you make the most of your adventure.
Parc national d'Aiguebelle

Parc national d’Aiguebelle

Photo by Christian Leduc

Day 6 Discover Parc national d’Aiguebelle

Drive 2.5 hours north to explore Parc national d’Aiguebelle. This protected park is home to magnificent moose and, as this region boasts the highest concentration of these majestic creatures in the entire Abitibi-Témiscamingue area, you might just see one.

Here you can also spot evidence of geological phenomena from the ice age in ancient lava flows, and the giant’s kettle. Walk across a 72-foot-high suspended walkway for fabulous views of the cliff-lined lake below.

Connect with Exode bâtisseur d’aventures who specialize in curating outdoor adventures intertwined with cultural experiences, including opportunities to practice yoga in the wilderness, take part in remote canoe excursions, or rappel down a cliff with a certified climbing guide. They also arrange a private chef to cater meals and aim to elevate every excursion to the next level.
Entre Lemoine et l'Arbre

Entre Lemoine et l’Arbre

Photo by Vicky Neveu/Tourisme Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Day 7Fish and Hike in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Pack up your camp and drive to La Forêt récréative de Val-d’Or. Choose from hiking or cycling routes through forests and marshland. There’s also an outdoor gym and a family-friendly obstacle course, plus the option to rollerblade through the woods on a paved path.

Or choose to drive 40-minutes to Réserve faunique La Vérendrye, a dream for fishing enthusiasts who may be able to catch speckled trout, lake trout, northern pike, or walleye, provided they have a Québec fishing license in hand. This enormous reserve features more than 4,000 lakes, with opportunities to canoe, rowboat, white water raft, or recreational kayak, as well as take a leisurely pedal boat ride.

Head to Microbrasserie Le Prospecteur where you can choose from a huge selection of brews and enjoy moules et frites with friends. For a memorable lodging option, consider Entre Lemoine et l’arbre, a selection of cabins on stilts close to Lac Lemoine, or Station Boréale for an eco-luxury experience in a dome.

As your Western Québec outdoor adventure comes to an end, reflect on the dramatic outdoor landscapes and old-growth forests that dominate the regions of the Outaouais and Abitibi-Témiscamingue and the epic experiences you’ve enjoyed.
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