The Outaouais region shows its commitment to meetings with venue expansions and unique team-building offerings. October 14, 2010
Meetings & Incentive Travel Advertising Feature
Parked next to Canada’s capital, the Outaouais region is a first-rate meeting destination rich in urban and natural attractions.
More than 400,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and 3,300 guestrooms are located in the expansive area that bounds the region of the Outaouais—from Abitibi-Témiscamingue, to the Laurentians and the city of Ottawa.
The region’s commitment to meetings is evident in the recent investments made by hotels, museums and venues across the Outaouais region.
The Palais des Congres de Gatineau is the region’s largest venue with more than 50,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and 17 conference rooms, the largest of which can hold 2,000 people. The facility is currently undergoing renovations and is slated to reopen in November.
The five-star Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello is also committed to meetings. Nestled in Montebello, just shy of an hour’s drive from Gatineau, this 211-room hotel invested $6.2-million into a new business pavilion with an open-air terrace and a capacity of 350.
A cultural hub, the National Capital Region, which includes a part of the Outaouais region, is home to eight national museums, including Canada’s most popular museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Here, delegates can tour Canada Hall and indulge in the culinary delights that make each province unique.
Another option for events is the Canadian Museum of Nature, which recently re-opened after a six-year, $216-million refit of the building. The venue now offers more than 30,000 sq. ft. of meeting and exhibit space.
Meeting delegates and incentive travellers will find refuge at Le Nordik – Nature Spa. Le Nordik in Old Chelsea, Que., blends modern amenities and rustic charm in its intimate lodging, spa and meeting spaces, such as the newly completed Boreal Room, with high-tech audiovisual equipment, natural-gas fireplace and relaxing environment.
The region’s largest hotel sits just minutes from Parliament Hill. The five-star Hilton Lac-Leamy has 349 guestrooms and 46,965 sq. ft. of meeting and banquet space, and is connected to the Casino du
Lac-Leamy. The Hilton and the Casino share one of the region’s five-diamond restaurants, Le Baccara at the Casino.
Beyond the urban space lie breathtaking natural attractions (the region is home to 20,000 lakes) and year-round outdoor activities for any corporate group.
For more information, please visit tourismeoutaouais.com
Energize your business with team-building activities in the Outaouais region:
Take your team on a 35 km to 50 km excursion with Nordik Adventures. Huskies and Canadian Eskimo dogs will mush along picturesque trails and rolling hills.
Teach your group to hunt at Ranch d’Amérique, the largest ranch on the continent. Check out buffalo, deer, elk and wild boar on an ATV tour of the grounds.
Turn a simple meeting into an unforgettable adventure with Aventure Laflèche – Cave & Aerial Parks. Spend the day exploring caves, wooden footbridges and ziplines. Meeting rooms are also available.
Groups may enjoy pedalling through the marshlands and experiencing the tranquility of the six-kilometre water labyrinth at Eco-Odyssee.
Motivate and energize your team through the rhythm of African hand drums. Percussimo offers a corporate team-building workshop that promotes creativity.
Take training to a whole new level with Théatre Dérives Urbaines, which creates plays adapted to client training and needs, such as problem-solving methods, burnout, and managing change.