Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Ontario, Canada
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If you're coming in for the Famly Day weekend you're right in teh middle of Winterlude which is GREAT. bring skates! There are ice sculptures in confederation park (downtown, Laurier x Elgin), and snow sculptures, sleigh rides, all kinds of outdoor activities in Jacques Cartier Park (downtown on the Quebec side of the river, use the bridge next to the National Gallery). there is tobogganing at the Experimental Farm as well, and there's a great Agriculture Museum there where you can meet the cows, goats, horses, etc. we LOVE the experimental farm!
I don't personally like the Children's Museum (at the Museum of Civilization), I find it completely overstimulating. My kids love it, though. We're all fans of the Museum of Nature (Metcalfe x the 417), and of the Museum of Science and Technology (St. Laurent Blvd in the East end).
There is good winter hiking (or snowshoing, or xc skiing) in the Greenbelt. Our favorite trail is Jack Pine Trail, which is off of Moodie Drive, between Hunt Club and Fallowfield. Be sure to bring bird seed with you because the chickadees & nuthatches are very used to eating seeds out of hand, they'll even come to my 2yo.
Our favorite "anniversary" dinner place is l'Oree du Bois. It's in Gatineau Park, and I'm very sorry to say I can't actually tell you where it is because I don't know the road names. It's a great spot though, quebecois/french cuisine, and they really do "shop local" for their ingredients. The food is great, the service is great, the decor is sort of hunting-lodge-ish. We usually dress up if we're going but lots of people will be there in their jeans, too - not a snobbish place, just really good food & elegant service.
If you like Thai there's a really good Thai place in Bell's Corners (west end) called Sukothai, it's on Robertson Road.
have a great trip!!!