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Eco-tourism experiences to try in the Outaouais region

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The Outaouais a perfect mix between urban life and nature. The city is only 15 minutes away from nature.

Sustainable tourism isn’t an empty word here. Businesses in the Outaouais, Que., are committed to supporting sustainable development and environmental protection. You can stay and play in harmony with nature.

Here are four unique attractions and experiences that will give you a taste of sustainable tourism in the Outaouais. 

A history of conservation

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Ninety minutes from Ottawa and Montreal, Kenauk Nature is more than 65,000 acres of nature and over 60 lakes — it’s an experience like no other. Luxury is paired with sustainability, with eco-friendly off-grid chalets set on the edge of private lakes. Indulge in one of the many activities available, including paddling, hiking, and even fly-fishing school. Speaking of fishing, the Kenauk Hatchery was established to provide visitors with unparalleled fishing experiences, while also providing restaurants in the region with high-quality fish. The property is also home to the non-profit Kenauk Institute, which supports, coordinates, and supervises scientific research, connecting Kenauk with local schools and the broader community.

A green stay

Looking for a hotel with historical charm, contemporary comfort, and sustainable operations? The Moulin Wakefield Mill Hotel & Spa is waiting for you. Originally a flour mill built in the 1830s, the hotel’s long commitment to sustainable principles and environmental management continue to be inspired by the surrounding beauty of Gatineau Park. It was the first hotel in the Canada’s Capital Region to be awarded the internationally recognized LEED green building certification, the standard in environmental performance. Being sustainable doesn’t mean sacrificing quality, with dining options that prioritize delicious, local products. Just 30 minutes from Ottawa, it’s an easy retreat to nature. And not only will the hotel and spa amenities help recharge your battery, with two electric vehicle terminals, your car’s battery can recharge, too. 

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Wellness for you and the environment

Conveniently located 15 minutes from Gatineau, the Nordik Spa-Nature is the largest spa in North America. It’s all about relaxation and wellness here, with nine outdoor baths, eight saunas, a saltwater flotation pool indoor, massage pavilions, four restaurants, and outdoor relaxation areas. Nordik Spa-Nature believes that the wellness of its guests and the environment are interconnected. Proud of its commitment to the ICI on recycle program, it was the first spa in Quebec to reach phase two of ICI on recycle. Reduce, reuse, recycle, and repurpose are four principles that guide the company’s decisions. Its sustainable processes divert over 200 tons of waste from landfills every year, and its electric vehicle charging stations mean getting to the spa is green.

Up close with nature

At Eco-Odyssee Nature Park, in Wakefield, getting up close to nature is encouraged. Canoe, kayak, stand-up paddle board, or pedal boat — it’s your choice. Discover the beaver’s habitat through a water labyrinth with more than 60 intersections spread over five kilometres. Guests develop their knowledge of nature, promoting a healthy relationship between humans and the environment. The park’s sustainable efforts were recognized by receiving the level two eco-responsible certificate from Les Pages Vertes, whose mission is to bring together eco-responsible companies in the same directory, facilitate sustainable consumption, and equip the population for an ecological transition.

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With many businesses and attractions committed to environmentally friendly practices, it’s easy planning a sustainable vacation in the Outaouais. Learn how you can plan your next getaway at

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