The family and I set out on a day trip this past long weekend. We love picking an area within an hours drive of home and heading to a new (to us) area. Don’t underestimate the fun that can be had close to home. For this trip, we picked Montebello, Quebec, set the GPS and was surprised at what we found.
I was pleasantly surprised at the lunch we picked up at Fromagerie Montebello. The kids enjoyed their oversized ham and cheese sandwiches – over stuffed with ham, fresh cheese on a fresh bun – while hubs and I devoured our baguette and cheese. We will be back to try some other cheese and to pick up some more Tête à Papineau and Manchebello. Is there anything better than a fresh baguette and fresh cheese?
Once lunch was done we were headed out to Parc Omega for some up close encounters. From your vehicle, you can observe wild animals along an identified path of 12 kilometers. The total duration of the car path is between 1 and 1.5 hours. Along the way you will meet some animals such as elk, deer, foxes, coyotes, bison, moose, wolves, bears, boars and musk ox. There are soooo many animals to see. You can feed the animals, not the bison(!), but only carrots. We were able to purchase some carrots ($2.50) at the Park House before we set out on our adventure.
The drive through the park was easy to follow and there was no shortage of animals and interactions. The girls were a little freaked out at first when the larger elk put their heads right in the window but the kiddos quickly warmed up to the idea. The girls getting brave enough to take some Omega Parc selfies with an elk. 🙂
There are also some walking trails. You can observe wolves from the boardwalk, feed carrots to the fallow deer, or even pack a picnic and enjoy it at one of the rest areas in the park.
The last thrill of the day was the ferry ride home. We opted to take the ferry vs the highway to avoid some holiday traffic in downtown Ottawa. We don’t take the ferry often so the kids thought that was pretty cool too.
Montebello is a great day trip spot if you are headed out from the Ottawa Area and is about 45 minutes away. We had a blast and will return soon. We have our eye on the riddle hunt at Camp Explora.