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Outaouais, Quebec Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 15
Total Sleeping Rooms 3,100
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 349
Committable Meeting Rooms* 19
Convention Center Space 55,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 26,668 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 15,810 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate CAD $166
Average Daily Meal Cost CAD $123
Average Weekly Car Rental CAD $290
*Maximum for a single hotel

Outaouais, Quebec Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent’s Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Outaouais, a guide for meeting professionals. A wonderfully multi-faceted business and leisure destination, the Outaouais region offers sophisticated metropolitan attractions nestled in a picturesque natural setting. Lying within the Canadian Shield on the western edge of Quebec just two hours from Montreal, Outaouais features a wide range of attractions, unique venues, and services that energize corporate events, including team building opportunities from golfing and zip-lining to exploring a water maze. In addition to its vast great outdoors, Outaouais and its surrounding area is home to a number of heritage treasures, museums, world-class entertainment, and art galleries, as well as outstanding lodging, shopping, and dining.

The Outaouais region spans nearly 30,000 square miles, featuring 20,000 lakes, dozens of rivers, and lush green spaces. The Ottawa River sits to the east and west, while other major rivers sit to the north and south, providing easy access to water sports and recreation. The region comprises five territories, which include Gatineau, Les Collines-de-l’Outaouais, La Petite-Nation La Lievre, La Vallee-de-la Gatineau, and Le Pontiac. As Quebec’s fourth-largest city and home to the Palais des Congres de Gatineau conference center, Gatineau is the region’s major urban center and puts delegates within easy reach of major Ottawa attractions.

In fact, Outaouais sits just nine miles from the Canadian capital of Ottawa (it is 127 miles from Montreal and 289 miles from Toronto). Visitors to the Outaouais region can fly into the Ottawa International Airport, which is located about 13 miles outside of Gatineau, as well as Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport, which sits less than 10 miles from Gatineau. The Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport features commercial air service between Gatineau and Quebec City. The two-terminal Ottawa International Airport accommodates nonstop service to major cities throughout Canada and the United States, and features direct access to Societe de Transport de l’Outaouais bus service, which transports passengers to the Palais des Congres de Gatineau in about 45 minutes.

Conveniently situated in Gatineau’s downtown core, the ultramodern Palais des Congres de Gatineau is the only multi-functional complex in the Outaouais region. The center spans 12 pillar-free meeting and event rooms in convention space totaling more than 55,000 square feet. Meeting spaces include the 26,668-square-foot Outaouais room, which is the largest room in the center and region, and divides into four separate rooms. Delegates have access to a full range of audio-visual and catering services and are within easy reach of major hotels, restaurants, attractions, and Societe de Transport de l’Outaouais bus service.

Aside from the expansive Palais des Congres de Gatineau, the Outaouais region and surrounding area is home to a variety of attractions that double as unique venues and perfect spaces for group gatherings and events. Nearby Ottawa features a number of world-renowned museums, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Canada’s most visited museum. Telling the story of the achievements of Canadian and world cultures through a series of life-size reconstructions and the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles, the Canadian Museum of Civilization also features the Canadian Children’s Museum and an IMAX theater. The museum welcomes private event rentals in its exhibition spaces and meeting rooms, including the 1,000-person Grand Hall, flanked by the totem pole collection; 500-person River View Salon, complete with an inspiring mural on its dome; 160-person Panorama Lounge with private access to an outdoor terrace; and the 200-person Canada Hall, amid period recreations, among many other spaces. Also located in Ottawa, the Canadian War Museum showcases how human conflict in Canada and the world has shaped history, with an impressive collection of artifacts, artwork, military vehicles, and artillery housed in a riverside building acclaimed for its architecture. The Canadian War Museum welcomes private event rentals in such spaces as the sleek 400-person Barney Danson Theatre; 1,500-person lobby and Memorial Hall; and 1,200-person LeBreton Gallery (which boasts a view of the Ottawa skyline), among other spaces.

Groups looking to hold events and meetings against a backdrop of sophisticated entertainment can gather at Gatineau’s Casino du Lac-Leamy, which features 1,800 slots, 64 gaming tables, bars, restaurants, the 1,100-person Theatre du Casino, and five-story Hilton Lac-Leamy. Groups can hold events in the Lac-Leamy Conference Centre, which accommodates up to 1,600 delegates, as well as the 22-person L’Executif, which offers exclusive use of a gaming table, and the expansive Theatre du Casino. Groups looking for year-round outdoor adventure travel to Camp Fortune in Gatineau Park to join ski and snowboard lessons or hold team-building exercises at the Fortune Aerial Experience, a series of bridges, suspended walkways, and zip lines designed for all levels. Camp Fortune also features private event spaces in its 450-person Main Lodge and 100-person Chalet des Erables. Groups who want an outdoor experience set to a more relaxing tune can opt to gather at the Nordik Spa-Nature at the entrance of Gatineau Park. Touted as the largest Scandinavian spa in North America, Nordik Spa-Nature boasts a large variety of saunas, baths, massage, and body treatments and a gourmet restaurant, as well as the 15-person Lodge Nordik and a 120-person Salle Boreal for group events.

About Outaouais, Quebec / Additional Info

An impressive ecotourism and heritage destination, the Outaouais region features a fantastic blend of urban excitement and rural spaces, all set within easy reach of the Canadian capital city. Many come to the region for its great outdoors and recreational activities, including North America’s highest bungee jump, the largest natural caves on the Canadian Shield, more than 200 miles of bike paths, and a water maze, to name a few. Aside from its outdoor recreation, the Outaouais region is home to fine restaurants, microbreweries, and shops, as well as museums, boutiques, performance centers, and art galleries.

The region’s written history began in 1613 when Samuel de Champlain visited the land of the Algonquins while searching for the northern sea. The region’s development took off in 1800 with the arrival of American loyalist Philemon Wright, who established the lumber industry, which almost single-handedly propelled the growth of Outaouais.

Today, the region spans five territories each with a flavor of its own. Spanning more than 130 square miles, Gatineau is within minutes of Ottawa and features a wealth of activities, riverside bistros and cafes, as well as extensive bike path networks. Bounded to the south by the Ottawa River, La Petite-Nation La Lievre is known for its aquatic activities, charming villages, and relaxed pace. The region’s northernmost territory of La Vallee-de-la Gatineau offers unspoiled wilderness and 3,200 lakes for nature lovers, while Les Collines-de-l’Outaouais’ mountains, valleys, lakes, and rivers are frequented by those looking to kayak, cycle, ski, raft, camp, bungee jump, and rock climb. Finally, Le Pontiac at Quebec’s western edge boasts a rich Scottish, English, German, Irish, and French heritage, as well as sites for hikers, fishers, canoe campers, and whitewater enthusiasts.

Those looking for indoor adventure flock to Gatineau’s Altitude Gym, an indoor rock-climbing facility with 17,000 square feet of climbing surfaces, as well as a renowned Walltopia climbing wall surface. Eco-Odyssee in nearby Wakefield spans a nearly four-mile water maze intended to teach visitors about the marsh environment and ecosystem while embarking on a variety of observation and identification adventures aboard paddleboats. Visitors can experience a different water view aboard Ottawa’s three-story Empress of Ottawa historical river cruise, courtesy of Capital Cruises, or aboard an Amphibus, double-decker, or trolley bus courtesy of Lady Dive Tours. For a taste of authentic Ottawa, visitors frequent ByWard Market, one of the largest and oldest public markets in Canada and the number-one tourist attraction in Ottawa.

Speaking of taste, the Outaouais region is home to a number of fine-dining, group-friendly restaurants that cater to any appetite. Ekko de Brasil in Gatineau’s Chateau Cartier serves authentic Brazilian churrascaria fare in a warm, lively setting, while Resto Bistro Rumeur in Gatineau’s Hotel V is known for its innovative cuisine served in a refined, sleek space. Sterling Steakhouse + Seafood serves award-winning chops in a charming heritage building by the Gatineau River, while Le Baccara at the Casino du Lac-Leamy boasts a French-inspired gourmet menu and a wine cellar housing 500 varieties as part of a 13,000-bottle collection. Last but not least, L’Oree du Bois serves fine French and regional haute cuisine in an old farmhouse and its old buildings amid secluded trees at the edge of Gatineau Park.

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