What's going on in the Outaouais region this autumn. 2011 issue

This fall, come and meet artists in their home environment!

The first two weekends in October, check out the Artists in their Environment studio tour. During this popular event, a highlight for art collectors, more than 20 artists and craftspeople welcome you to their studios and showcase their original works. Painting, photography, sculpture, jewellery, stained glass, and more—there’s something for everyone! www.tourcw.com.

The Lavandine et Cie boutique has moved to 561 Notre‑Dame Street in Montebello, and that it specializes in producing eco-friendly body care  products? www.lavandineetcie.com

The Fairmont Le Château Montebello is offering a special Boxing Day package (December 26)?

The Théâtre du Casino is now managed and programmed by 3GE, a consortium of three local companies?

Discover the hundred and one flavours of Gatineau!

The first weekend in October, meet the chefs of the region’s finest restaurants and sample their signature dishes at the Rendez-vous des saveurs de Gatineau. Discover regional specialties supplied by local producers and distributors, and enjoy wine and food tastings and pairings. A veritable feast and a host of culinary delights await you at the region’s most popular wine and food show! www.rendezvousdessaveurs.com.

The Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Conference Centre recently completed extensive renovations and opened a new restaurant, L’Ardoise? www.fourpointsgatineau.com

The Table 20 Restaurant Lounge Bar at the Château Cartier now offers Happy Hour from 5 to 8 p.m. daily, with a different theme every night of the week? www.chateaucartier.com

Always reaching new heights!

Just under a year after opening, Altitude Gym has inaugurated a brand new feature: Altitude Park, an outdoor venue for climbing and slacklining. At 11,500 square feet, it’s the largest slackline park in Canada! Already very popular in Europe, this sport is slowly gaining a foothold in Quebec. It’s a bit like tightrope walking, except that in slacklining the rope (a strip of flat webbing suspended a few centimetres above the ground) is not held rigidly taut, but stretches and bounces like a long narrow trampoline. www.altitudegym.ca.

Tubes & Jujubes, the largest family fun centre in the National Capital Region, has opened a new restaurant? www.tubesjujubes.com

La Confiserie Wakefield is the first confectionery in North America to make certified Fair Trade cotton candy? www.laconfiserie.ca

A new challenge that’s way above average!

Until October 10, discover the new zipline at Coulonge Falls Park! Zoom high above the impressive river canyon… not once, but twice! Rocket 250 metres along the riverbank, then return to the main site on a 100‑metre zip that soars 35 metres above the canyon. An experience guaranteed to take your breath away! www.chutescoulonge.qc.ca

Two places to get back to nature!

Now in its 10th year of operation, the Wakefield Mill Inn & Spa recently opened a $3‑million, 13‑room addition overlooking Gatineau Park. Thanks to skilful heritage restoration combined with energy-efficient features, the new Eco River Lodge makes the Wakefield Mill Inn & Spa the first hotel in the National Capital Region to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. www.wakefieldmill.com.

In October, BleuSpa will open in Cantley! Treat yourself to a distinctive spa experience in a beautiful natural setting. Choose from ayurvedic treatments for relaxation, energy and cleansing, and indulge your senses with massage therapy and aromatherapy. The building’s architecture is accredited by the LEED certification system (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), making BleuSpa the first LEED-certified spa in Quebec. www.bleuspa.com.

Breathe that crisp autumn air!

From September 30 to October 16, head to Gatineau Park for the 2011 edition of the Fall Rhapsody. Enjoy interpretive activities, exhibitions, and the spectacular fall colours! www.canadascapital.gc.ca

On October 2, 9, 10 and 16, enjoy a delicious brunch at the Camp Fortune main lodge, in the beautiful Gatineau Hills. And to help the digestion, what could be better than a scenic chairlift ride to admire the fall colours from above? www.campfortune.com.

On October 8 and 9, head to Mont Ste-Marie for the annual Festival of Colours, featuring chairlift and helicopter rides, artisans on display, music and entertainment for all ages. www.montstemarie.com.

Le Nordik – Nature Spa offers until December Yoga + Spa sessions each Monday and Lounge Thursdays once a month? www.lenordik.com