The Outaouais is a region of the province of Quebec in Canada.
Outaouais in French and Ottawa in English are both from the same Indian word. One wonders what it sounded like.
You will find in the Outaouais region a really bilingual population. You can easily get understood in French or English in most places, being so close to Ontario. Still, it's helpful to have some knowledge of French as most signs are posted solely in French.
If you come from Montreal, you are likely to take either the highway 50 north of Montreal on the Quebec side or the trans-canadian highway 417 on the Ontario side of the Ottawa river.
Driving in Gatineau and Ottawa is fairly simple. Finding a parking spot anywhere in Gatineau is never a problem.
- STO - Société de Transport de l'Outaouais - This is the main one in Gatineau. Most bus routes begin or end in Ottawa. - http://www.sto.ca
- OC-Transpo - This is the one from Ottawa. Some bus routes are going to Gatineau. - http://www.octranspo.com
- Greyhound - If you want to get to more remote areas like Maniwaki, Papineauville, etc. and you don't have a car, you might be able to get there by bus.
You can sail on the Ottawa and the Gatineau rivers and the Rideau canal.
There are many bike paths in the region, especially in Gatineau.
- Grands feux du casino
- Olympiques de Gatineau - The local hockey team, on the Ligue de Hockey Junior-Majeur du Québec.
- Maison de la culture, Gatineau - Musicians, signers and humourists.
- Ski at Mont Ste. Marie, Camp Fortune, Edelwisse, Mont Cascades, or Ski Vorlage
- Bungee Jump at the Great Canadian Bungee - highest bungee jump in the Americas
- Mont Cascades water park
- Camping, and beach tourism at the regions numerous lakes.