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Gatineau Carves Out Niche as Meetings Destination

Across the river from Ottawa, Gatineau benefits from its proximity to the nation’s capital, while carving out its own niche thanks to top-notch convention facilities, restaurants and attractions.


Canadian Museum of Civilization

Canadian Museum of Civilization

Fast Facts
Recommended Websites: outaouaismeeting.com; outaouaisgroup.com
Average Hotel Room Rate: $134
Getting There: Flights offered through Ottawa International Airport (ottawa-airport.ca) or, for smaller planes, Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport (aeroportdegatineau.com).
Convention Facilities: A $15-million reno to the Palais des congrès de Gatineau upgraded architectural finishes and kitchens, and totally refreshed the look. Sixteen column-free conference rooms, on a floorplan of over 55,000 sq. ft. congresgatineau.com

The 51,000-sq.-ft. Hilton Lac-Leamy Conference Centre includes a theatre and 16 modular rooms that can accommodate a 20-person board meeting, a banquet for 100 or a conference for 1,600. casino-du-lac-leamy.com

Pillow Talk
Centrally located, the 201-room Ottawa-Gatineau Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Conference Centre invested nearly $5-million in improvements to the lobby and guestrooms. Twelve meeting rooms host up to 150. fourpoints.com/gatineau

In 2010, the Chateau Cartier Hotel, Conference, Golf & Spa completely renovated. Housing 128 rooms and suites, the property includes 21,000 sq. ft. of meeting facilities, with natural lighting. chateaucartier.com

Offering 133 guestrooms, the waterfront Best Western Plus Gatineau-Ottawa Hotel & Conference Centre features 5,000 sq. ft. of meeting space for up to 270—and offers views of the Ottawa River, Parliament Hill and other landmarks. bwcartier.ca

Attractions + Distractions
For groups of 20 or more, the Canadian Museum of Civilization will custom-design a suitable itinerary. On the meetings side, a 500-seat theatre can be rented for conferences or performances. civilization.ca

The National Gallery of Canada presents Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome (June 17 to Sept. 11, 2011), the exclusive Canadian engagement of this exhibition celebrating Caravaggio on the 400th anniversary of his death. gallery.ca

Departing from the Casino du Lac-Leamy marina, Au feel de l’eau offers eco-tours on the Gatineau and Ottawa Rivers aboard an electric-powered passenger boat seating 10. The company plans to introduce a
12-passenger electric aquabus, featuring bike racks, in June, 2011. aufeeldeleau.ca

À la Carte
Specializing in steaks, fish and seafood, Sterling offers private rooms seating 12, 25, 30 and 60. Terrace, in summer. sterlingrestaurant.com

Les Brasseurs du Temps brews up to a dozen beers on-site and pairs them with a pub menu. Adjacent events room hosts 48 (dinner) and 60 (cocktail). brasseursdutemps.com

Inside the Chateau Cartier, Ekko de Brasil churrascaria offers unlimited grilled meats on long skewers served by gauchos. Private room seats 50. chateaucartier.com

Programme Ideas by Jill Mimeault
Sample FAM itinerary provided by Outaouais Tourism. Pictured, at right, is Jill Mimeault, assistant director, partnerships and business development, Outaouais Tourism.

TUESDAY
7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Flight arrivals into Ottawa. Transfer to Ottawa VIA Rail Canada station.
9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Bus departs from VIA Rail Canada station and travels to Le Nordik—Nature Spa, in Gatineau Park.
9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Activity: Spa treatment (Nordic baths), at Le Nordik—Nature Spa.
11:45 a.m. Depart for lunch.
Noon to 1:30 p.m. Lunch, Les Fougères restaurant. Located in the Collines-de-L’Outaouais countryside, surrounded by gardens, the restaurant offers a menu of seasonal and regional specialties.
1:30 p.m. Depart by bus for Laflèche Adventure—Cave & Aerial Parks.
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Laflèche Adventure—Cave & Aerial Parks. Activity: Visit the largest natural caves in the Canadian Shield. Other activity options: ziplining (including extreme ziplines).
4:00 p.m. Departure to Auberge du Draveur.
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cocktail reception/dinner, Auberge du Draveur. Menu focuses on French and Italian fare.
9:00 p.m. Check-in, Chateau Logue, Golf & Resort.

WEDNESDAY
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Breakfast at hotel.
10:30 a.m. to Noon. Visit the First Nations Reserve of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, Canada’s largest Algonquin nation in size (over 45,000 acres) and population. Activity options include visiting the Mawandoseg Algonquin Interpretation Centre and the Kitigan Zibi Cultural Centre, or attending the traditional Pow-Wow, typically held during the first weekend in June.
12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch and tour, Wakefield Mill Inn and Spa.
2:30 p.m. Departure to Chateau Cartier Hotel Conference, Golf & Spa.
3:00 p.m. Check-in to Chateau Cartier Hotel Conference, Golf & Spa.
3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Time at leisure.
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Dinner at hotel.
8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Time at leisure.

THURSDAY
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Breakfast at hotel.
9:00 a.m. Depart for the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
9:15 a.m. to Noon. Visit the Canadian Museum of Civilization. The facility houses more than 3.75-million artifacts spanning the disciplines of history, archaeology, folk culture, ethnology, postal communications
and various other areas of heritage study.
12:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lunch at hotel.
2:00 p.m. Transfer to Ottawa airport and flights home.



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