The Ottawa River scenic drive

La route panoramique de la rivière des Outaouais
Parc Jack Layton

Majestic beauty

The first stop on this breathtaking drive along the Ottawa River is the Maison Félix-Leclerc, where you can learn more about Quebec’s pioneering singer-songwriter. Continue along the road—there’s a ferry service if you want to explore the other shore—and pause at Jack-Layton Park for a picnic lunch while taking in the stunning view. After that, visit the conservation centre that cares for injured and orphaned wild birds, and end your day at the orchard to taste some delicious regional products.

From Vaudreuil-Dorion to Hudson

Time

1/2 day

# of stops

4 stops

Distance

15 km

Stops

  • 1 Maison Félix-Leclerc de Vaudreuil
  • 2 Parc Jack-Layton
  • 3 Centre de conservation des oiseaux sauvages Le Nichoir
  • 4 Le Verger de Hudson Bio

Maison Félix-Leclerc de Vaudreuil 1

186, Chemin de l'Anse Vaudreuil-Dorion Québec J7V 8P3

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The only home lived in by Quebec poet and artist Félix Leclerc still open to the public, the Maison Félix Leclerc is classified as a historical monument and now houses a permanent exhibition that invites guests to learn all about this star of song, theatre, and poetry. At the same time, discover the wellspring of creativity of the era's artistic community and the works of art Félix created while living on Vaudreuil-Dorion's Chemin de l’Anse. Other than inetractive guided tours, guests can profit all season long from a number of shows and cultural events in a garden that overlooks the magnificent Lake of Two Mountains. The shop is a must-visit as well, full of unique souvenirs and beautiful local artisanal and gourmet products.

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Parc Jack-Layton 2

400, Rue Halcro Hudson Québec J0P 1H0

450-458-6699

With it's stunning views of the Ottawa River and the Lake of Two Mountains, Jack Layton Park is a charming spot within a stone's throw of downtown Hudson and the train station. Named for Hudson native Jack Layton, leader of the NDP for many years, the park honors his local and national legacies. The park's great natural beauty is enjoyed by all. Picnic tables are available for lunches with family and friends, and benches by the river offer restful vistas. This park is also well known to photographers, as it offers ideal opportunities to capture both sunrise and sunset. The park also has trails, a public boat launch, portable toilets, truck and trailer parking, and a dog waste bag dispenser. Dogs on leash are allowed on site. It's the perfect spot to rest, relax and enjoy the views!

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Centre de conservation des oiseaux sauvages Le Nichoir 3

637, Rue Main Hudson Québec J0P 1H0

450-458-2809

Situated at the entrance to the Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve in Hudson, Le Nichoir’s mission is to conserve wild birds as part of our natural heritage. Le Nichoir delivers its mission through professional and compassionate care of injured and orphaned wild birds and the development and delivery of public environmental education programs.  The Centre offers a formal environmental education program for children, pre-booked guided tours for groups, an Annual Open house in July and periodic workshops and conferences. La Plume Verte boutique offers a range of bird themed items.

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Le Verger de Hudson Bio 4

839, Rue Main Hudson Québec J0P 1H0

450-458-0163

Discover a farm that grows its fruits without using chemicals or pesticides, run by a young family passionate about modern techniques and healthy, bio produce. This small orchard is situated in picturesque Hudson, where it grows 12 varieties of apples and supports a growing bee colony that works hard to keep the trees pollinated and fruitful. The apple trees grow in rich clay soil, sheltered by the ideal microclimate provided by Lac des Deux-Montagnes just across the road. Visitors will love trying out rare and unknown types of apples, not your usual Red Delicious and Royal Galas! The delicious honey produced by the farm’s bees is flavoured by the flowers blossoming in and around Hudson, providing a real treat to anyone with a sweet tooth. During the autumn apple season, Le Verger de Hudson organizes many special events and is open for apple-picking; on your way out, stop by the farm shop for gourmet finds and tastings. This year, the orchard has a tin-roofed pavilion for outdoor events, a one-day yoga and apple-picking retreat, and as always, their apples, honey, and other products will be available at events around the region.

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