Come winter, Mattawa is transformed into a winter wonderland and is the perfect place for your next adventure. Here are 6 ways to experience Mattawa Voyageur Country.
1. Rise & Shine
Mornings along the Ottawa River are a little slice of paradise. Get up early to catch the mist rising from the water against a rosy sunrise. Enjoy the peace and quiet of a Mattawa morning, and take some time to reflect on this historic waterway – once an important route for voyageurs, trappers and loggers, and before them First Nations who began inhabiting the region more than 6000 years ago!
14 spectacular runs, an elevation drop of 630 vertical feet and amazing views in all directions … Antoine Mountain opened its doors skiers this February, and is already getting lots of buzz. With a range of expert, intermediate and beginner runs, skiers of all skill levels can enjoy the Antoine Mountain. Don’t forget to take a moment at the top of the mountain to admire the meeting of the Ottawa and Mattawa rivers.
Unwind after a day on the slopes at the Antoine Eatery with some stone-oven baked pizza and poutine, or take a quick break at the Après Cafe with some fresh-baked goods or a warm hot chocolate. Fun fact: all of the furnishings in the eatery were made in Canada, including the maple tables!
He’s a legend in the area, and the subject of a Stompin Tom Connors 1970s hit. Big Joe Mufferaw is a French Canadian Folk hero and a big part of the logging heritage of the region. The sculpture of Joe Mufferaw was created by a local carving artist Peter Cianafrani, and was erected outside of the Mattawa Museum during the spring of 2005.
Take your pick from a Thai or Canadian menu at Voyageur Restaurant located in the Le Voyageur Inn. Musts? The Pad Thai and Pickerel Bites are local favourites! Bonus: Stay the night at Le Voyageur Inn and a yummy breakfast is included with your accommodation.
Whether you head out for a snowshoe in the pristine forest, pause to admire the Mattawa river, or moongaze in the observatory, you can do so knowing your cozy heated cabin is close by. The Canadian Ecology Centre is a non-profit environmental science education and research facility, and is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the Mattawa landscape. Take a peek inside the cabins here.
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