Category Archives: Outaouais


From June 30 to October 15, 2017, discover MOSAÏCANADA 150 / Gatineau 2017, a major international horticultural exhibition that combines various art forms with horticulture. The theme of the exhibit will reflect 150 years of history, values, arts and culture in Canada, represented by some 100 different arrangements. The free exhibit will be in the form of a route extending over almost one kilometre. Each visit will last approximately 90 minutes.
On July 1, explore the Canadian Museum of History’s brand new 40,000-square-foot gallery, the Canadian History Hall! This signature gallery will trace Canada’s history from the dawn of human habitation to the present day. It is the largest and most ambitious exhibition project ever undertaken by the Museum. Authentic artifacts and stories are explored through various lenses, as visitors encounter the events, movements and personalities that have shaped our nation, and whose influence on our lives can still be felt today.

From August 3 to 27, experience Cirque du Soleil’s new show, VOLTA. It tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of action sports, the show weaves the adrenaline rush of acrobatics into a visually striking world driven by a stirring musical score. VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and the power of the group to make that possible.

From June 28 to August 30, view the exhibition À perte de vue, a major exhibition of large-scale works by 10 Canadian visual artists. The historic La Fonderie building, a remnant of Gatineau’s industrial heritage measuring nearly 58,000 square feet, will be the site of this unique exhibition organized by AXENÉO7 in partnership with the Centre de production DAÏMÔN and Galerie UQO, as part of the National Arts Centre’s Canada Scene festival. Admission is free!

Road Trip Itineraries in Maritime Quebec. Summer 2016 news

Road Trip Itineraries

The Gaspésie Tour is a legendary seaside drive that loops around the huge Gaspé Peninsula. Begin your journey in the region of Bas-Saint-Laurent. From the Kamouraska area, Route 132 will take you all the way to Gaspé, at the tip of the peninsula, via famous Percé Rock. Read more about this road trip itinerary.

This itinerary follows Route 138 from Tadoussac to Kegaska. From there, you can continue your journey aboard an authentic supply ship that will take you from village to village all the way to Blanc-Sablon. Out at sea and from the shore, you can observe up to 13 species of whales in this region, including blue whales, the largest animals on earth. Read more about this road trip itinerary.

In the maritime regions of Québec, ferries serve as an extension of the road network. In addition to allowing you to visit both shores of the St. Lawrence without retracing your steps, they are a novel way to travel and offer unique perspectives on the surrounding scenery and marine mammals. Read more about these road trip itineraries.

For a complete change of pace and scenery, nothing beats the Îles de la Madeleine. Whether you visit to enjoy the water and wind or to explore the rich culture of an island people surrounded by the sea, you will leave with wonderful memories and only one thought in mind: to come back for another visit! Read more about this road trip itinerary.

Events schedule in Montreal for Spring 2015

FIFA [ ]
March 19 to 29, 2015
The International Festival of Films on Art embraces multiple forms of creativity.

Festival TransAmériques [ ]
May 21 to June 4
Dance and theatre festival that builds bridges between local and international talent.

The Aztecs, People of the Sun [ ]
May 29 to October 25
Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History
A foray into the great Aztec civilization through hundreds of artifacts.

Rodin — [ ] Metamorphoses [ ]
May 30 to October 18
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Exhibition presenting 200 masterpieces created by legendary French sculptor Rodin.

Canada Day celebration with Parks Canada

Free admission to Parks Canada sites to celebrate Canada Day

OTTAWA, June 13, 2013 /CNW/ – Parks Canada reminds that admission will be free in all 44 national parks, 167 national historic sites, and four national marine conservation areas on Canada Day.

To celebrate Canada Day, Canadians are invited to participate in an array of activities offered across the country.

For details on celebrations across the country including activities involving Parks Canada in Canada’s Capital, please visit:

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Winter Activities in Montreal. December 2012 News

Luminotherapy in Quartier des Spectacles – December 6, 2012 to February 3, 2013
Quartier des Spectacles ▪ 514-879-0009 ▪
Le jour des 8 soleils leads visitors along a poetic route through the Quartier, following an invisible character in search of intriguing and fascinating light. Already a signature attraction for Quartier des Spectacles, architectural videoprojections will for the first time be arranged in a multimedia concept spanning a large number of downtown building façades. In addition, at each projection site spectators will be able to enhance their visual experience by listening to a soundtrack and narration on their mobile phones.

January 17-18-19 January 24-25-26 January 31 & February 1-2 February 7-8-9, 2013
Jacques-Cartier Pier ▪ Quays of the Old Port of Montréal –
Igloofest aims to promote and popularize electronic music. One of Montreal’s winter must-dos, this festival has forged a reputation for itself through its punchy visual and architectural concept, an ambitious DJ line-up, and an enchanting igloo village that has truly contributed to Montréal’s climate warming!

La Fête des Neiges de Montréal – January 19 to February 3, 2013
Parc Jean-Drapeau ▪ 514-872-6120 ▪
Boule de Neige invites you to the biggest winter outdoor Festival in the city. The most spectacular and joyful festivities await you: tube sliding, ice skating, funny snow games, colorful outdoor shows and much more. The perfect event for families and winter lovers.

The 14th Edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE welcomes Buenos Aires as the grand featured city – February 21 to March 3, 2013
Several places throughout the city ▪
The 14th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE glitters with a remarkable variety, vivacity and, above all, exclusivity: yes, this year’s roster is bursting with premieres and first looks at all-new shows! Festival fans looking for new concert experiences and previously unseen performances are in for a treat. For the Gastronomy Program, the capital of Argentina brings its warmth and flavour to our fames Festival’s Finest Tables. Also on the menu, the festival presents the chefs of Philadelphia and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.

Nuit blanche à Montréal (part of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE)
Offering the traditional kickoff to Nuits blanches celebrations in cities around the world, the Nuit blanche à Montréal once again draws Montrealers out to rediscover their city. With over 170 activities, most of them free, a practical-and free!-shuttle service and a Métro system running all night long and, above all, a new and more accessible nerve centre-the festival’s free outdoor site-there is more than enough action to set the Nuit on fire!

Art Souterrain (part of Nuit blanche)
As part of the Montréal All-Nighter (Nuit blanche), Art Souterrain presents a unique new perspective on Montréal’s Underground Pedestrian Network. Hundreds of renowned contemporary artists present photos, videos, installations and artistic performances throughout the 6 km passageway between Place des Arts and Complexe Les Ailes. Art Souterrain’s goal is to change perceptions of the general public vis-à-vis new contemporary art practices and to unite the visual arts milieu by identifying and bringing together its principal figures.

Quebec City Opera Festival July 25- August 5, 2012

Le Festival d’opéra wants to put the city of Québec on the map as one of the world’s great operatic destinations, to develop alliances between artists and internationally acclaimed creators, to propel Québec creativity to the world stage, and especially to allow its fans to experience the magic of music and the lyric arts in its most brilliant expression.”  Grégoire Legendre

Le Festival d’opéra de Québec hereby invites you to participate in its second edition, a great celebration of lyric art, aimed at the wide public. From July 25 to August 5, the city will vibrate to the sounds of opera music. This will give newcomers to the world of opera an occasion to discover the beauty of this perfect art form, and will give dyed-in-the-wool opera connoisseurs  the chance to appreciate some truly extraordinary productions

Montreal en Lumiere Festival, February 16 to 26!

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE Celebrates Belgium, Seattle and Outaouais!


Montréal, January 12, 2012Belgium’s Wallonia-Brussels region, Seattle, along with the wine growing regions of Washington and Oregon, and Quebec’s Outaouais region will be featured on the menus at the 13th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE scheduled from Thursday, February 16 to Sunday, February 26, 2012. Each year, over 900,000 participants attend the festival that has become the largest culinary showcase in North America and one of the largest winter celebrations in Canada!

Come and take part in Montreal’s amazing midwinter party that has so much to offer as a Canadian winter get-away with spectacular dinners, food and wine tastings, culinary seminars and tours. In addition to the Gastronomy Program, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE includes an arts and entertainment program, free outdoor activities geared to families, and the incredibly popular Nuit blanche à Montréal with over 180 events.

The Festival’s Gastronomy Program offers over 300 gourmet food and wine events


·        Honorary President’s Dinners: Chef Yves Mattagne, double-starred by the famed Guide Michelin and whose Restaurant Sea Grill has hugely contributed to the gastronomic renown of Brussels, creates a spectacular menu paired with wines at Toque! February 16, 17 & 18.


·        Air France Finest Tables: Chefs at more than 50 of Montreal’s best restaurants team with guest chefs from Belgium, Seattle and Quebec’s Outaouais region to present spectacular dinners paired with wine. February 16 to 26.


·        Wallonia-Brussels Convivial Meal: Michelin-starred Chef Nicolas Scheidt creates Belgium dishes featuring local and seasonal Quebec products along with Walloon chocolate maker François Deremiens at Marché Bonsecours. February 25.


·        Outaouais Region at Jean-Talon Market: Farmers and producers from the Outaouais region present their fine regional products with tastings and demonstrations at Montreal’s Jean Talon Market, the largest outdoor farmer’s market in N.A. February 18 & 19.


·        Jean-Talon Market Showcase Series: Ten culinary workshops featurie chefs from the Outaouais region who share their know-how and recipes inspired by their local products. February 18 & 19.


·        MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE Culinary Tours: A variety of five culinary tours of the city held over two weekends of the festival feature visits to specialty shops, markets and neigbourhoods. Tours include Microbreweries, maxi flavours; Tales and Tastes of Atwater Market; The Quartier des Spectacles; A Taste of Little Italy; Flavours and Aromas of Old Montréal. February 18 & 25.


·        Air France Culinary Workshops: Epicures take part in culinary workshops to hone their cooking techniques and prepare dishes to recreate at home featuring typical Belgian and Quebecois ingredients. February 16, 17, 18, 24 & 25.


·        Lunching Around the World: Several of Montreal’s international restaurants offer prix fixe lunches for $12.95. February 20 to 24.


·        Presenting: Quebec Chefs and Cheeses – Four chef finalists compete for the Grand Prize of $5,000. Dinner guests judge the chefs’ cheese creations at Fairmont, The Queen Elizabeth. February 18.


Belgium takes centre stage


As exciting as this Gastronomy Program is, the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is so much more. This year’s Festival Arts Program will showcase the performing arts from theatre, dance, music to exhibitions, featuring the finest artists in their respective categories, including those of Seattle and Belgium. The Festival has conferred its honorary co-presidency upon a Belgian legend, Brussels harmonica legend Toots Thielemans. And he’s bringing friends, including Stromae, Été 67, My Little Cheap Dictaphone…


The Free Outdoor Celebration, now in the Quartier des Spectacles


The Free Outdoor Site of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE once again invites Montrealers and tourists to revel in the winter wonders of the city with an impressive array of open-air activities for the whole family, including the famed free outdoor concerts. And this year, the Festival returns to present the bulk of its activities in the Quartier des Spectacles, where construction is now virtually completed.  

And finally, what would the Festival be without its Nuit blanche à Montréal that returns bigger and better than ever on February 25, with hundreds of activities to have nighthawks flocking out to celebrate into the wee hours.

The Free Outdoor Site program will be announced on February 1, while the Nuit blanche program will be unveiled on February 7. The 13th edition of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will be held from Thursday, February 16 to Sunday, February 26, 2012. For all the info, please visit the Festival website,

Montreal En Lumiere events 2011/12

The Wallonia-Brussels regions
at the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE head table

Also on the menu: Seattle and its wine-growing regions, and the Outaouais
Tickets for Festival Special Events on sale now

Montreal, Tuesday, November 29, 2011 — The upcoming 13th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE presented by RBC features Belgium and the Wallonia-Brussels region with its talented chefs, master chocolatiers and artists. The Gastronomy Program promises to be especially delectable thanks to our European guests, but it will also offer many activities with a distinctly American flair with the presence of Seattle (and the wine-growing regions of Washington and Oregon) on the menu as featured city. Closer to home, gourmands can join us at Jean-Talon Market to discover a delicious Quebec region, the Outaouais. Three gourmet destinations in one festival, from Thursday, February 16 to Sunday, February 26, 2012.

Yves Mattagne, honorary president

The gastronomy of the Wallonia-Brussels regions will be represented by the festival’s honorary president, chef Yves Mattagne, double-starred by the famed Guide Michelin and whose Restaurant Sea Grill has hugely contributed to the gastronomic renown of Brussels. The honorary president of this year’s Gastronomy Program follows Anne-Sophie Pic (Valence, 2011), Fausto Airoldi (Portugal, 2010), Alain Passard (Paris, 2009), Susur Lee (Toronto, 2008), Daniel Boulud (New York City, 2007), Émile Jung (Alsace, 2006), Gualtiero Marchesi (Northern Italy, 2005), Georges Blanc (Rhône-Alpes, 2004), Santi Santamaria (Catalonia, 2003), Serge Dansereau (Australia, 2002), Charlie Trotter (Chicago, 2001) and Paul Bocuse (France, 2000).

A Gastronomy Program to whet every appetite

Fine food is always a star of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE! As the flagship of the festival, the Gastronomy Program is renowned as a must-see (and must-taste!) event. And this year is no exception, as great chefs and vintners gather to celebrate the famous fifty Air France Finest Tables, which have helped build the city’s reputation as a gourmet destination. This unique “pairing” concept spotlights the incredible talents of Montreal chefs and that of the visiting chefs as they team together to create extraordinary dining experiences. The tables will once again be perfectly set for a global gourmet celebration with visiting chefs and winemakers:

From Brussels:  Jean‑Pierre Bruneau, Bruneau, Gaëtan Collin, Le Jaloa, Nicolas Darnauguilhem, Neptune, Alex Malaise, Flâneries Gourmandes, Vincenzo Regine, Via Lamanna, Nicolas Scheidt, La Buvette, Le Café des Spores, Tjaco van Eijken, Crystal Lounge (Hôtel Sofitel Le Louise);

From Wallonia:  Luc Broutard, La Table du Boucher, François Deremiens, Deremiens artisan chocolatier, Mario Elias, Le Cor de Chasse, Jacques Marit, Restaurant Jacques Marit, Éric and Tristan Martin, Lemonnier, Laurent Martin, La Frairie, Clément Petitjean, La Grappe d’Or, Pierre Résimont, L’Eau Vive, Raphaël Sabel, Le Sélys (Hôtel Crowne Plaza);

From Seattle:  Matthew Dillon, The Corson Building, Jason Franey, Canlis Restaurant, Ethan Stowell, Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Thierry Rautureau, Rover’s, Jason Stratton, Spinasse, Jason Wilson, Crush;

From the Outaouais: Denis Girard and Serge Rourre, Le Baccara (Casino du Lac‑Leamy), Gérard Fisher, Le Tartuffe, Jean-Claude Chartrand, L’Orée du Bois, Gaétan Tessier, La Table des Trois Vallées, Romain Riva, Wakefield Mill, and Christopher Mulder, Bistro St-Jacques.

The wine list will feature ambassadors from vineyards Bergevin Lane (Amber Lane), Domaine Drouhin (David Millman), Gordon Brothers Family Vineyards (Jeff Gordon), Hedges Family Estate (Christophe Hedges), King Estate Winery (Steve Thompson), L’Ecole No. 41 (Marty Clubb), Long Shadows (Gilles Nicault), Milbrandt Vineyards (Butch Milbrandt), Rotie Cellars (Sean Boyd), Precept Wine (Kirk Brewer) and Willamette Valley Vineyards (Jim Bernau).

Special Events

Honorary President Yves Mattagne’s Dinners presented by RBC

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE brings the menu of Restaurant Sea Grill to Montreal featuring the culinary creations by chef Yves Mattagne at the prestigious Honorary President’s Dinners presented by RBC. The great chef will be welcomed to Toqué! by Normand Laprise, in collaboration with Belgian-born Montreal chef Marc De Canck of restaurant La Chronique. And for the first time, the festival will present three gourmet evenings – Friday, February 17, Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19, starting at 6:30 p.m., Toqué!

The Wallonia-Brussels Convivial Meal

Honest, comforting market-fresh cuisine: that’s what young chef Nicolas Scheidt offers on the menus of his restaurants, Le Café des Spores and La Buvette. He devises his daily menus according to available ingredients and the inspiration of the moment. In that same spirit, he will create dishes for this Wallonia-Brussels Convivial Meal, featuring local and seasonal Quebec products along with Walloon chocolate maker François Deremiens and the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth brigade. Saturday, February 25, 7 p.m., Marché Bonsecours.

Presenting: Quebec Chefs and Cheeses—Toqués des fromages d’ici competition

Four chef finalists from Montreal restaurants will once again craft 12 culinary dishes using Quebec cheeses presented in 3 thematic courses and paired with excellent wines. This popular event is judged by 400 dinner guests to award the winning chef with the grand prize of $5,000. Presented by Quebec Cheeses. Saturday, February 18, 6:30 p.m., Grand Salon, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth.

The Outaouais in the spotlight at Jean-Talon Market

On Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19, Jean-Talon Market is the place to discover the tastes of a Quebec region where 10 producers and processors invite the public to bite into the Outaouais with the delights that have made them famous. Gourmands can also attend culinary workshops hosted by Jean-Paul Grappe, chef-consultant to the festival, and five chefs from the Outaouais — Guy Blain (L’Orée du Bois), Gérard Fischer (Le Tartuffe), Romain Riva (Moulin Wakefield), along with Luc Gielen and Gaétan Tessier (Chocolaterie ChocoMotive).

The Air France Culinary Workshops

Thanks to Air France, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and the La Guilde Culinaire, epicures can take part in culinary workshops presented by chef and owner Jonathan Garnier and his team, refining their cooking techniques and delight in savoury dishes they can recreate at home. The first course (February 16, 17, 18, 24 and 25, 6 p.m.), will feature a marriage of typical Belgian and Quebecois ingredients (mussels, beer, maple syrup…), while the second (February 18 and 25, 10 a.m.) will sweeten things up with six traditional desserts, also inspired by Belgium and Quebec.

Lunching Around the World

Seven ambassadors of Montreal’s culinary diversity—Byblos Le Petit Café, La Khaïma, Salon Mogador, Prato Pizzeria et Café, Rumi, Restaurant Tasca and Stromboli— welcome the public to the relaxed ambience of Lunching Around the World, where the exotic flavours of their daily creations are offered in three courses for one price: $12.95. Monday, February 20 to Friday, February 24.

Fine Dining and Film

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, in collaboration with Cinema Excentris and restaurant Méliès, offers two activities where the public can enjoy a theme meal inspired by a film served in a screening room specially appointed for the occasion.

Voluptuous dining delight: chocolate for all your senses! — Enjoy a unique menu of savoury aromas, inspired by the movie Chocolat, directed by Lasse Hallström. Saturday, February 18, 7 p.m.

Ratatouille: the Ciné-Brunch! — Rediscover the Oscar-winning movie Ratatouille while enjoying the inspired dishes of chef Alfredo Linguini and his mentor, Remy the rat. Sunday, February 19, at noon.

Sensory Lectures

In collaboration with the Cœur des sciences cultural scientific centre of UQAM, the festival invites the public to attend two interesting lectures and sensory experiments. Cœur des sciences — UQAM (Agora Hydro-Québec).

The raw materials of chocolate, Tuesday, February 21, 6 p.m.

Cheeses: shedding light on regional differences — Why do cheeses have specific identities? What are the scientific and cultural causes behind their unique flavours? Includes a tasting of Quebec cheeses. Thursday, February 23, 6 p.m.

Tickets already on sale

Tickets for the special events are already on sale:

·        Honorary President Yves Mattagne’s Dinners—reservations: 514 499-2084 (Toqué!).

·        The Wallonia-Brussels Convivial Meal—reservations: 1 855 790-1245, or

·        Air France Culinary Workshops—reservations: 514 750-6050,

·        Ratatouille: the Ciné-Brunch! and Voluptuous dining delight: chocolate for all your senses!—reservations: 514 847-9272 (Ex-Centris)

·        Sensory lectures: The raw materials of chocolate and Cheeses: shedding light on regional differences—reservations mandatory: 514 987-0357,

·            Presenting: Quebec Chefs and Cheeses—reservations: 1 855 790-1245, or

·        Air France Finest Tables—reservations required with participating restaurants.

·        Lunching Around the World—reservations required with participating restaurants.

Give the gift of gastronomy!

Christmas, Valentine’s Day, birthdays… gift certificates to the Finest Tables make a delectable gift idea for all your foodie friends on any occasion! With events taking place at some 50 restaurants over the span of eleven days, treat someone you love to an exciting gourmet experience. Simply contact the restaurant directly to get your certificates.

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE accommodation packages

To fully experience MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth and the Hôtel Delta Montréal will offer the Winter Tasty Treats package from $282, from February 17 to 19 and February 24 to 26, 2012, which includes:

Two nights accommodation in a charming hotel located in downtown Montreal
Two breakfasts
Culinary tour Flavours and Aromas of Old Montreal
A wine & cheese tasting at SAQ Bistro (for 2 people)
A $10 rebate for the “Circuit d’eaux” package at Bota Bota Spa-sur-l’eau
A $10 gift certificate from Les Délices de l’Érable
A package of black tea from Sri Lanka, soaked in maple syrup
Hard candy made from 100% pure maple syrup
Two scarves with the festival’s logo
·        A bag with the festival’s logo

Also, the Hyatt Regency Montréal and the Days Inn Montréal Centre-ville will offer the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE Family Package from $124, from February 17 to 26, 2012, which includes:

Two nights accommodation in a charming hotel located in downtown Montreal
A voucher for the dairy bar le Lait (for 2 people)
A $10 gift certificate from Les Délices de l’Érable
A package of black tea from Sri Lanka, soaked in maple syrup
Hard candy made from 100% pure maple syrup
Scarves with the festival’s logo
·        bags with the festival’s logo

Taxes and administration fees are not included. Prices are in Canadian dollars, based on double occupancy. For further information and to reserve this package:

Get all the info on MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

The free official program with all the info on the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE gastronomy and arts programs is available from all Renaud-Bray and SAQ outlets in greater Montreal, participating venues, CD stores, theatres, the restaurants of the Air France Finest Tables, and from most Montreal cultural sites. You can also call the Info‑Lumière line at 514 288‑9955 or toll-free at 1 85LUMIERES, or visit

The free outdoor site program will be unveiled on February 1, while the program of the Nuit blanche presented by Hydro-Québec will be announced February 7. The 13th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will be held from Thursday, February 16 to Sunday, February 26, 2012.

What’s going on in the Outaouais region this autumn. 2011 issue

This fall, come and meet artists in their home environment!

The first two weekends in October, check out the Artists in their Environment studio tour. During this popular event, a highlight for art collectors, more than 20 artists and craftspeople welcome you to their studios and showcase their original works. Painting, photography, sculpture, jewellery, stained glass, and more—there’s something for everyone!

The Lavandine et Cie boutique has moved to 561 Notre‑Dame Street in Montebello, and that it specializes in producing eco-friendly body care  products?

The Fairmont Le Château Montebello is offering a special Boxing Day package (December 26)?

The Théâtre du Casino is now managed and programmed by 3GE, a consortium of three local companies?

Discover the hundred and one flavours of Gatineau!

The first weekend in October, meet the chefs of the region’s finest restaurants and sample their signature dishes at the Rendez-vous des saveurs de Gatineau. Discover regional specialties supplied by local producers and distributors, and enjoy wine and food tastings and pairings. A veritable feast and a host of culinary delights await you at the region’s most popular wine and food show!

The Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Conference Centre recently completed extensive renovations and opened a new restaurant, L’Ardoise?

The Table 20 Restaurant Lounge Bar at the Château Cartier now offers Happy Hour from 5 to 8 p.m. daily, with a different theme every night of the week?

Always reaching new heights!

Just under a year after opening, Altitude Gym has inaugurated a brand new feature: Altitude Park, an outdoor venue for climbing and slacklining. At 11,500 square feet, it’s the largest slackline park in Canada! Already very popular in Europe, this sport is slowly gaining a foothold in Quebec. It’s a bit like tightrope walking, except that in slacklining the rope (a strip of flat webbing suspended a few centimetres above the ground) is not held rigidly taut, but stretches and bounces like a long narrow trampoline.

Tubes & Jujubes, the largest family fun centre in the National Capital Region, has opened a new restaurant?

La Confiserie Wakefield is the first confectionery in North America to make certified Fair Trade cotton candy?

A new challenge that’s way above average!

Until October 10, discover the new zipline at Coulonge Falls Park! Zoom high above the impressive river canyon… not once, but twice! Rocket 250 metres along the riverbank, then return to the main site on a 100‑metre zip that soars 35 metres above the canyon. An experience guaranteed to take your breath away!

Two places to get back to nature!

Now in its 10th year of operation, the Wakefield Mill Inn & Spa recently opened a $3‑million, 13‑room addition overlooking Gatineau Park. Thanks to skilful heritage restoration combined with energy-efficient features, the new Eco River Lodge makes the Wakefield Mill Inn & Spa the first hotel in the National Capital Region to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

In October, BleuSpa will open in Cantley! Treat yourself to a distinctive spa experience in a beautiful natural setting. Choose from ayurvedic treatments for relaxation, energy and cleansing, and indulge your senses with massage therapy and aromatherapy. The building’s architecture is accredited by the LEED certification system (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), making BleuSpa the first LEED-certified spa in Quebec.

Breathe that crisp autumn air!

From September 30 to October 16, head to Gatineau Park for the 2011 edition of the Fall Rhapsody. Enjoy interpretive activities, exhibitions, and the spectacular fall colours!

On October 2, 9, 10 and 16, enjoy a delicious brunch at the Camp Fortune main lodge, in the beautiful Gatineau Hills. And to help the digestion, what could be better than a scenic chairlift ride to admire the fall colours from above?

On October 8 and 9, head to Mont Ste-Marie for the annual Festival of Colours, featuring chairlift and helicopter rides, artisans on display, music and entertainment for all ages.

Le Nordik – Nature Spa offers until December Yoga + Spa sessions each Monday and Lounge Thursdays once a month?

Montreal HIGH LIGHTS Festival! Tickets on sale!


Montréal, “the city of festivals,” known for its superb cuisine, vibrant nightlife and cultural scene, will heat up winter again with the Montréal HIGH LIGHTS Festival and a special edition Celebrating Women presented in partnership with L’Oréal Canada, from Thursday, February 17 to Sunday, February 27, 2011. 

This 12th edition of Montréal’s popular urban winter party features an unrivalled performing arts series, exceptional food and wine tasting events and brilliant light shows, including a multitude of complimentary activities attracting adults and children alike.

The SAQ Wine and Dine Experience presented by Air France, the wine and dine segment of the festival, was quick to become the culinary event in North America. Pairing international chefs with Montréal chefs, the festival has welcomed close to 400 chefs, wine producers, and speakers over the past 11 years.

Celebrating Women: An All-star Line-up of Female Chefs and Wine Producers

This year’s special edition of the festival will pay tribute to some 50 exceptional women chefs and wine producers from around the world who will come to Montréal to take part in the festival.

One of haute cuisine’s brightest culinary stars, Chef Anne‑Sophie Pic of Valence’s Maison Pic—the sole woman in France to have earned three Michelin stars—will serve as honorary president of the SAQ Wine and Dine Experience presented by Air France.

The chefs participating in the popular Finest Tables pairings include Cristina Bowerman of Glass Hostaria (Rome, Italy); Melissa Craig of Bearfoot Bistro (Whistler, Canada); Anne Desjardins of L’Eau à la Bouche (Sainte-Adèle, Canada); Barbara Lynch of No. 9 Park (Boston, United States); Anita Lo of Annisa (New York, United States); Claudia Schröter of Taku Restaurant (Cologne, Germany) and Roberta Sudbrack of Sudbrack (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.)

This year’s wine ambassadors include Maryline Cuillier of Champagne Cuillier (Champagne, France); Ann Sperling of Southbrook Vineyards (Ontario, Canada), Hélène Garcin of Bodega Poesia (Mendoza, Argentina), Judi Cullam of Frankland Estate (Western Australia, Australia); Cristina Geminiani of Fattoria Zerbina (Emilia-Romagna, Italy); Kristin Lane of Hope Family Wines (California, United States); and Véronique Sanders of Château Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Leognan (Bordeaux, France).

Tickets for the Festival’s Culinary Events Now on Sale

Christmas, Valentine’s Day, birthdays… gift certificates to the Finest Tables make the ideal gift for all your foodie friends on any occasion! With events taking place in some 50 restaurants over eleven days, treat someone you love to an exciting gourmet experience.

In addition to the wine and dine events, the MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS Festival includes the Sun Life Financial Performing Arts, BMO Bank of Montreal Celebration of Light and the popular Nuit Blanche in Montreal Presented by Hydro-Québec that attracts hundreds of thousands participants.


Please let me know if you wish to receive further information and photos about this unique Canadian festival.


Kind regards,


Johanna Burkhard


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