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When riding to the top of one of Mont Ste Marie's twin peaks, located about an hour from Ottawa, it's hard not to be awestruck. It's not just the dense evergreens brushed with snow or the panoramic views of foothills and lakes, it's also the stunning privacy the landscape has kept. Despite being a hotspot for speed, visitors can pause at the top for a quiet moment amid natural beauty, and look out over Lac Ste Marie's tiny cityscape. Yet the sheer height of the mountain is sure to draw some gasps as well.
At 1,250 feet, Mont Ste Marie towers over its surroundings with verticals that are the highest in the region. Hewn into the north faces of both peaks—Vanier Mountain and Cheval Blanc—is a mix of runs that offers skiers and snowboarders numerous ways to get down without hastily installing an escalator. On the developing south face of Cheval Blanc, meanwhile, a fresh 1,325-foot vertical run rewards visitors with natural snow and a swift descent. But for novices, beginner and intermediate terrain snakes along Vanier Mountain, its long trails providing spectacular views and a relaxed pace.
Operating on the trails will host the 2015 Dryland Dog-Racing World Championships, Timberland Tours employs experienced guides and 40 canines to propel adventure-seekers on year-round excursions of Pontiac County. Guides operate from headquarters in a rustic wooden cabin, which hosts customers inside or outside on the open porch. An adjacent barbecue and bonfire pits often blaze with friendly flames, and trophy and photo displays inside the cabin chronicle sledding victories and awards for particularly memorable ghost stories. In winter months, two-person sleds carry riders down wooded trails, and in warm weather, lightweight wagons send visitors soaring along on dog-carting trips. Timberland Tours fuels its sleds using highly trained teams of Alaskan pointer, husky, and greyhound mixes.
Club De Golf Tecumseh incorporates the Gatineau countryside’s diverse topography into the design of its 18-hole, 6,466-yard golf course that sits on the north side of the Ottawa River. A quick jaunt from downtown Ottawa, the course caters to players of all abilities who are looking for a respite from the workday doldrums or an excuse to use their dueling golf glove against fellow competitors. The par-72 layout boasts tree-lined fairways, a multitude of sand traps, and several water hazards that will put golfers’ swings to the test.
Tubes & Jujubes Family Fun Centre enthralls children age 12 and younger with more than 15,000 square feet of engaging play areas, activities, and delectable treats that help enhance motor skills and cognitive development. Wearing socks is mandatory in the expansive play facility, where tykes can traverse plastic play structures, scale climbing walls, frolic in ball arenas, navigate through labyrinths, and stroll through toddler parks hosting preschool adaptations of Macbeth. Qualified instructors lead complimentary one-hour parent-and-child workshops, such as arts-and-crafts sessions, that grant guardians and tots time to creatively collaborate and interact. An indoor soccer field encourages friendly competition, and an arcade coaxes whippersnappers into engaging virtual worlds, such as Grocery Store Self-Checkout Line: The Game. Though not included in today’s Groupon, famished youngsters and their parents can enjoy health-conscious wraps or paninis in the Tubes & Jujubes bistro or browse through the candy store's extensive selection of gum, licorice, jelly beans, and lollipops.
Struck by wanderlust after reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novels, Joe Kowalski decided to kindle his own passion for adventure by exploring the uncharted rapids of the Ottawa River with a group of fellow college students. There they discovered a multi-channel paradise—the six-mile-wide river churned through dozens of islands, jutting rocks, secluded beaches, and gorgeous waterfalls, as well as calmer paddling runs. Their stories and videos attracted guests, spurring the loosely organized group to band together in 1975 to become Wilderness Tours. To date, they have guided more than one million people safely down the river.
Today, the guides spend most of their time on white water rafting day trips, pausing in their runs to lead body-surfing and cliff-jumping adventures at some of the river's calmer spots. A riverside lunch is also provided to refuel paddlers for the second half of their run.The main resort also makes use of the stunning topography and forests that surround the river during rock-climbing, bungee jumping, and mountain biking excursions. The Wilderness Tours Adventure Resort offers luxury accommodations alongside a restaurant and bar.