What’s going on this winter in the Outaouais region

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Sharing What’s New… It’s in our Nature!

Moonlight Snowshoeing… With Port, Chocolate and a Spa!
Experience a unique adventure: night snowshoeing in Gatineau Park with a professional guide and storyteller. Tall tales and legends, port and chocolate are on the menu! Your moonlight excursion concludes with a delicious table d’hôte dinner at the renowned restaurant L’Orée du Bois and a relaxing soak in the Nordic baths at Le Nordik – Nature Spa. An unforgettable evening! Media: Marc Cadieux 819‑778‑2344, mcadieux@reservationoutaouais.com<mailto:mcadieux@reservationoutaouais.com&gt;, www.oreeduboisrestaurant.com<http://www.oreeduboisrestaurant.com>, www.lenordik.com<http://www.lenordik.com/index_e.php>, www.votreforfait.com<http://www.votreforfait.com/website/description_nuit.aspx?PackageID=383&RefID=1&ThemeID=24&LangID=en-US>

Introducing the Christmas Marketplace!
From December 2 to 5, discover the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s first-ever Christmas Marketplace. Join them for a festive shopping experience inspired by Europe’s outdoor Christmas markets. You’ll find unique handcrafted gifts and fine regional foods for your holiday feast. Media: Stéphanie Verner 819‑776-7169, stephanie.verner@civilisations.ca<mailto:stephanie.verner@civilisations.ca&gt;, www.civilization.ca<http://www.civilization.ca/cmc/home/cmc-home>

What’s up at Edelweiss?
Skiers will love the improvements at the Edelweiss ski centre! The brand-new high-speed quad chair, over a kilometre long, can whisk nearly 2,400 people to the summit every hour, making the whole mountain—including a brand new trail—more accessible. And white is green at Edelweiss, thanks to our 12 new energy-efficient portable snow guns. Media: Julie Labelle 450‑227‑4671, ext. 3345, jlabelle@mssi.ca<mailto:jlabelle@mssi.ca&gt;, www.mssi.ca<http://www.mssi.ca>

The Navy Comes Ashore at the Canadian War Museum!
From November 12, 2010 to March 20, 2011 at the Canadian War Museum, discover the exhibition The Navy: A Century in Art, produced to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Canadian Navy. The exhibition includes a selection of paintings by famous Canadian war artists, and shows how geography, history and war have shaped the Navy over the past hundred years. Media: Pierre Leduc 819‑776‑8607, pierre.leduc@warmuseum.ca<mailto:pierre.leduc@warmuseum.ca&gt;, www.warmuseum.ca<http://www.warmuseum.ca>


Did you know that in Gatineau Park in winter, you can stay overnight in a yurt?

Sharing the Holiday Spirit… It’s in our Nature!

“Ho, Ho, Ho!”
Santa comes to the City of Gatineau (Aylmer sector) on November 26! The ever-popular Gatineau Santa Claus Parade just gets better every year, and attracts a huge crowd from across the region. The parade starts at 7 pm at the Aylmer Marina. Media: Gatineau city               819-595-7171       , medias@gatineau.ca<mailto:medias@gatineau.ca&gt;, www.paradehohoho.com<http://www.paradehohoho.com>

A Cascade of Lights!
Come and be dazzled at the 5th annual Festival of Lights, December 3 to 5 at Chutes Coulonge Park! Admire the beauty of this historic site in winter, all decked out with more than 5,000 Christmas lights and twinkling candles along the path to the main waterfall. Catch up on your holiday shopping at the Indoor artisan market and gift boutique. Media: Christine Mitchell 819‑683‑2770, chutecoulonge@hotmail.com<mailto:chutecoulonge@hotmail.com&gt;, www.chutescoulonge.qc.ca<http://www.chutescoulonge.qc.ca/index_en.html>

The National Capital Lights Up the Night!
From December 2 to January 7, Canada’s capital sparkles with Christmas Lights Across Canada! Over 300,000 Christmas lights illuminate the heart of Ottawa-Gatineau. And don’t worry about the hydro bill: the National Capital Commission uses about 200,000 energy-efficient LED lights in the display. Media: Denise Leblanc 613‑239-5750, denise.leblanc@ncc-ccn.ca<mailto:denise.leblanc@ncc-ccn.ca&gt;, www.canadascapital.gc.ca<http://www.canadascapital.gc.ca/>

Helping you Discover New Activities… It’s in our Nature!

A Rallye close to us!
February 4 and 5, discover the Rallye Perce Neige, which takes after a tradition that is cherished in the Upper Gatineau region! Like the log drivers of the past, the participants in this Coupe du Québec event are known for their skill and quick reflexes. Come and admire their know-how on fast, sinewy roads in the heart of nature and meet them at the command centre, the Auberge du Draveur. Media: Daniel Argudin               819-449-7022       , hotel@aubergedraveur.qc.ca<mailto:hotel@aubergedraveur.qc.ca&gt;, www.rallyeperceneige.com<http://www.rallyeperceneige.com>


Did you know that Chelsea’s Café Soup’Herbe now offers breakfast for groups of 20 to 40 people?

Inspiring you in Business… It’s in our Nature!

A $15-Million Reno!
The Société immobilière du Québec is completing major renovations to the Palais des congrès de Gatineau to make it a top-notch destination for conferences and business meetings. The improvements include upgrading the architectural finishes and kitchens, replacing the electromechanical systems, and bringing the building up to code, particularly with regard to full accessibility. Media: Louise‑Andrée Pelletier 819‑595-8000, lapelletier@congresgatineau.com<mailto:lapelletier@congresgatineau.com&gt;, www.congresgatineau.com<http://www.congresgatineau.com>

A New Work Rhythm!
Percussimo, a training company that uses African drumming workshops to help organizations improve their employees’ well-being, has a new concept. As its name suggests, Surprise is a short performance (10 to 15 minutes) that employers can use to surprise their clients or work teams with a short musical performance specially adapted to the nature and context of the event. Surprise can also be used as an icebreaker for meetings, conferences and other activities. Media: Louis Mbani 819-595‑1963, louis@percussimo.com<mailto:louis@percussimo.com&gt;, www.percussimo.com<http://www.percussimo.com>

Event Planners Extraordinaires!

Do you know about Festivex, a company that specializes in planning and producing events of all kinds? Whether it be a theme event, a recognition evening, a corporate picnic or a team-building activity, Festivex can call on its stable of artists and suppliers to bring your event to life. With its “turnkey” approach and years of experience, Festivex has built a solid reputation for creative event planning. Media: Guy Thibault 819‑775-4444, festivex@festivex.com<mailto:festivex@festivex.com&gt;, www.festivex.com<http://www.festivex.com>


Did you know that the Ottawa-Gatineau Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Conference Centre recently invested nearly $5 million on major improvements to the lobby and guest rooms?

Anne Chardon
Head of Media Relations
Phone:               819-778-2530       , ext. 217