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The GTA Bucketlist: Ottawa, Outaouais & Montebello

Friday, 05 February 2016 10:37

Welcome to the winter 2016 edition of The GTA Bucketlist. The premise for this series is simple. Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore presents easy and affordable travel ideas, accessible from the GTA without too much fuss. Last year, Mark travelled to South Georgian Bay and Niagara-on-the-Lake, and those episodes of the GTA Bucketlist are available at the bottom of this post.

Today’s edition: Montebello Quebec, The Outaouais Region and Ottawa!

Now why these locations? For starters, it’s been an odd winter here in the GTA. It hasn’t been cold and snowy enough to really embrace the season,  and that’s what we want this GTA Bucketlist episode to be all about: embracing the traditional Canadian winter landscape.

During this episode, you will journey to the Quebec town of Montebello, visiting the rustic elegance of the Fairmont Chateau Montebello hotel while stopping over at local culinary destinations in the region of Outaouais. The episode also features information on the unique wildlife safari tour available at Parc Omega, and a visit to the hamlet of Saint-André-Avellin.

The latter part of this Bucketlist report features winter sports in massive Gatineau Park, and then a stay in Ottawa during the city’s annual winter celebration: Winterlude. Mark journeys to the Ridout Canal and gets a history lesson at the historic Fairmont Chateau Laurier.


Mark would like to thank Fairmont Hotels and Tourisme Outaouais for helping to put together this episode of the GTA Bucketlist. Here are some helpful links to the places we visited. ‎  ‎

And there are plenty more pictures up at


As a bonus, here are Mark’s extended conversations:

Fairmont Chateau Montebello’s Nathalie Beauchamp

Fairmont Chateau Laurier’s Deneen Perrin


South Georgian Bay – Mark travels to Blue Mountain, Thornbury, Meaford and more for winter fun.

Niagara On The Lake – Mark takes a fall trip to the picturesque Southern Ontario destination for a wine tour and culinary exploration.

If you have a GTA Bucketlist suggestion, email mark at

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