Curling And Carrots: Outaouais, Day Five

Getting our curl on!

For our final full day in the Outaouais Region, we had to go out like champs.  And what better way to leave our mark than show our skills (or lack thereof) in a game of curling?!

Since the last winter olympics, I’ve been fascinated with the sport of curling.  I admit to being one of those people who sneered at the TV screen, “Sliding a weight and sweeping some ice?  How hard can that be?!”  Much harder than it looks, that’s for sure!  The Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello has their own on-site curling arena, along with a plethora of other winter sports for their guests to try.

After slipping and sliding on the ice for some time, we headed to Parc Omega…a kind of winter safari, featuring the best of Canada’s wildlife on a nature reserve.  You can drive your car through the park, while feeding the animals carrots (nothing better than an elk’s head joining you on the inside of your car!), as well as hike along the nature paths.  Along with the elk, we saw arctic foxes, wolves, deer, buffalo, and wild boars.  It’s kind of like an interactive zoo that gets the grown-ups even more riled up than the kids!


Jess feeding the elk!

The massive buffalo

Our last evening was spent at the Hilton Lac-Leamy, which is connected to the casino.  After touring the stunning venue, we joined together for dinner at Arome Seafood and Grill, where I practically licked my plate clean of mushroom risotto, and a rich chocolate molten cake with mint filling for dessert.


The whole Outaouais gang!

I was sad to say goodbye to my fellow travel writers, as well as the amazing folks at Outaouais Tourism and Tourisme Quebec.  Being my first press trip, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience with a finer group of people.  We bid adieu, but I’m already looking forward to the next trip I can take to the beautiful Outaouais Region…a region that is home to truly some of the nicest people on earth.

By: Jessica Tiare Bowen



  • Bella says:

    love the video…:)

  • Bella says:

    You are such an amazing writer. I enjoyed every single word of your articles. I love the way you describe everything in details. I want to go there NOW, but already engaged with some other projects. All I can say that I will definitely strongly recommend it to all my clients and that it will be on the plan list for next Family winter vacation. Thank you.

    • Used York City says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Bella! Yes, you should absolutely recommend The Outaouais Region to anyone who is looking for the perfect place to mix relaxation and adventure…while enjoying the gorgeous scenery and winter wonderland vibe!

      I hope you get to visit soon…my instinct tells me you would love it!

  • Wow, you did some amazing things on your trip! Makes me even wanna try curling (though I can’t get myself to watch it on tv ;).

    And congrats on it being your first press trip, too. 🙂 May it be the first of many future ones!

    • Used York City says:

      Thanks Kim! Curling was a little like a fun version of bowling, you should definitely give it a try!;-)

  • Lauren says:

    Wow – I can’t believe the animals go to so close to the car!!
    It looks like a beautiful trip – I’ll definately be looking into this next winter.
    Thanks Jess!

  • Jordan says:

    I also loved watching the curling during the olympics. How was it?

    • Used York City says:

      It was SO fun, but harder than it looks! I definitely fell trying to throw a few times;-) The sweeping was my favorite part!

      You should definitely try it if you get the chance!

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