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!
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.
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