Montebello

Halfway between Ottawa and Montreal, out of the mighty French Canadian wilderness peeks a cute little village that brings visitors from both big cities out into the country. This weekenders’ favorite is Montebello, home of the world’s largest log cabin, Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello. Historically founded as a private club in 1930, it has since become a destination for getaways that both charm and pamper couples and families of all makeups.

Golf, cross-country skiing, show shoeing, curling, tennis, squash, clay shooting, and Canada’s only Land Rover Off-Road Driving Experience are popular activities when you make this historic estate your base, but nature is never far in this region. Spot bears from a fully enclosed, insect-free observation platform with a guide, and spy moose, deer, and birds from an authentic safari bus. Or, keep your eyes open for beautiful wildlife while cross-country skiing or taking a sleigh ride during the winter. Year-round, the Parc Omega, a 1,500-acre protected habitat, provides even greater opportunity to encounter Canadian natives like Corsican mouflon, wapiti, bison, wolves, and more from the safety of your car. Or, get friendly with other locals at Les Brasseurs de Montebello, known for local brews and innovative ones from around Quebec.

Good to Know

  • Generally inclusive
  • Gay marriage legal since July 2015

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Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello

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Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello, the world largest log castle, is located on the shore of the Ottawa River half way between Montreal and Ottawa. Beautiful surroundings and year-round activities offer adventures that include golf and a spa.

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