Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Quebec's Nearby Pontiac Region Beckons

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Little-known, but full of hefty outdoor fun

Story by Katharine Fletcher; photos by Eric Fletcher

Want to raft amid frothing whitewater under a full moon? Hike along woodland paths and canoe the Ottawa River? Race dog teams along sandy trails in summer? For full-on adventure amid a backdrop of spectacular nature, grab your gear, bring the family (lots of stuff for kids), and discover the Pontiac.

It's a lesser-known part of West Quebec and a fine outdoorsy “staycation” destination for Ottawa-Gatineau residents. Pontiac’s gateway lies immediately west of Aylmer, and includes towns along Highway 148 Ouest such as Luskville, Quyon, Bristol, Fort Coulonge and beyond. Even the “orphaned” island known as Rapides-des-Joachims – Pontiac residents call it Swisha or Da Swisha – is officially in Pontiac, though you can get to it only from Ontario!

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issue. My article is on pp. 43-45.
Although it’s easy to drive along Highway 148, another scenic route is via the Quyon ferry Fitzroy Harbour (Mohr’s Landing) on the Ontario side of the Ottawa River to Quyon.

Here are some don't-miss attractions, starting really close to home.

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