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5 Weekend Getaways From Ottawa You Won’t Want To Miss

Weekend Getaways from Ottawa Félix-Gabriel-Marchand Bridge on winter day sunrise

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Work has been overwhelming, and life outside of work hasn’t been much better. Relaxing at home isn’t quite doing the job for you, but you don’t have the time, money, or luxury to take a week off for a vacation. 

That’s where we come in with the best weekend getaways from Ottawa you don’t want to miss! From skiing in Calabogie at the well-known Calabogie Peaks Resort to strolling through one of Montreal’s jewels and National Historic Sites, the Montreal Botanical Garden, plenty is waiting for you outside of Ottawa. 

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Where to stay on your weekend getaway?

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Where To Go For The Top 5 Weekend Getaways From Ottawa You Won’t Want To Miss

Whether it be romantic getaways near Ottawa or day trips from Ottawa, the list includes the best locations and attractions for a fulfilling getaway from your life in Ottawa! 

Fort-Coulonge, Quebec

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One of our recommended weekend getaways from Ottawa, Fort-Coulonge is a small and charming village in western Quebec settled at the mouth of the Coulonge River. It is widely known for homing the Félix-Gabriel-Marchand Bridge, its impressive logging history, and outdoor recreational opportunities waiting to be explored! 

Chutes Coulonge Park

An outdoor adventure park and a historic logging interpretation site, Chutes Coulonge Park features a range of activities suitable for all ages to enjoy. The historical park presents lookouts, trails, and footbridges that offer spectacular scenery of the canyon and 160-foot waterfalls. Atop the treetop courses is the thrilling chance to zipline over the river!

It’s important to note that Chutes Coulonge Park is closed during the winter season. However, they host a popular event called the Festival of Lights for the holiday season, where guests can visit Santa, warm up near the bonfire, savor toasty hot chocolate, and walk the trail illuminated by Christmas lights. 


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