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The Complete Guide To Montebello, Quebec: Discover The Best Things To Do In Quebec’s Nature Paradise

Unlock the secrets of Montebello, Quebec with our ultimate guide to the best things to do! From exploring historic landmarks and indulging in local cuisine to enjoying outdoor adventures, discover the hidden gems that make Montebello a must-visit destination.

Montebello Quebec Guide

The tiny town of Montebello, Quebec, often sneaks beneath the radar of nature lovers exploring Canada. But those in the know are keenly aware of just how unforgettable this vast stretch of wilderness near the borders of Quebec and Ontario truly is.

Tucked along the banks of the Ottawa River between Canada’s Capital, Ottawa, and the largest city in Quebec, Montreal, Montebello is home to some of the most incredible outdoor experiences in Canada.

It’s a four-season destination where both summer and winter activities draw outdoor lovers and adventurers to a range of world-class attractions that include the world’s largest log cabin and nature safari, where you can rent a cabin that overlooks a wolf sanctuary.

Montebello is packed with attractions and experiences that can keep visitors busy for several days. With a delightful range of restaurants and the ever-so-creative Montebello chocolate factory, this town is perfect for both romantic escapes and family getaways.

So, if you have this town on your travel radar, let’s explore the best things to do in Montebello, Quebec, in our in-depth travel guide.

Best Things To Do In Montebello, Quebec

Parc Omega

Parc Omega may just be a five-minute drive from the main street in Montebello, but entering this nature park feels like visiting another universe.

Spread across 2,200 acres of Quebec forest are herds of elk, wild boar, many species of deer, moose, wolves, and even massive bison. Guests are invited to drive their vehicles through the road network to see these animals face-to-face.

Beyond its unforgettable wildlife encounters, Parc Omega also has areas for hiking, wolf observatories, and even a play area for families where a massive playground sits in the summer, and an icy tubing hill resides during the winter months (no need to bring your own tube, they’re provided).

One of the coolest parts about Parc Omega is its accommodations. They have a diverse range of cabins, log homes, and townhouses that safely front onto some of the park’s wolf or bear sanctuaries. There are few cooler experiences than waking up in the middle of the night to a pack of wolves howling outside of your window.

I’ve had the opportunity to explore their rustic cabins, large log cabins, and townhomes, and they’re all pretty incredible. I have a personal fondness for the rustic cabins. They may lack some of the modern touches of the others, but they offer a true “cabin in the woods” feel.

You can read all about our time waking with wolves at Parc Omega right here.

Manoir Papineau National Historic Site (Closed in Winter)

Step into the history of Montebello with a visit to Manoir Papineau. This stately manor is a testament to how this small area of Quebec became so popular.

The Manoir Papineau was the residence of Louis-Joseph Papineau, a prominent political figure in Canada during the late 1800s and early 1900s. His home, which had a revolving door for the rich and famous visiting, inspired the construction of the famed Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello.

The residence, which is now run by Parks Canada, is meticulously preserved and offers a fascinating journey back in time. Wander through the opulent rooms, all adorned with period furnishings, and stroll the picturesque estate populated by manicured gardens that overlook the Ottawa River.

During the spring, summer, and fall, Manoir Papineau is the go-to spot in Montebello for special events, exhibitions, and educational programs, making it one of the top places to visit in Montebello, Quebec.

Kenauk Nature

A father and son share a drink while snowshoeing in Kenauk Nature
Kevin and Cohen share a drink on Mount Baldy at Kenauk Nature

Imagine 63,000 acres of pristine lakes, forests, and mountains packed with hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country ski trails. Dotting the picturesque waters are intimate log cabins that are perfect for family getaways in the woods.

This is what I met my son Cohen and I when we visited Kenauk Nature in Montebello this winter. We spent two days snowshoeing and hiking through fresh snow and our evenings enjoying chess and cards by the fireplace and roasting marshmallows outside.

During the winter, Kenauk offers loads of privacy to go with their hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and dogsledding experiences. During the summer, you can explore their fish hatchery, paddle the lakes, hike the trails, enjoy rock climbing, archery, fishing, and more.

If you rent one of their cabins, there’s also no need to bring your own canoes or kayaks. They’re supplied with your accommodation!

Fromagerie Montebello

A man poses with a cow statue at Fromagerie Montebello Quebec
Kevin saying “hi” from Fromagerie Montebello

Quebec and cheese go together like salt and pepper. Let’s face it: the province’s iconic poutine wouldn’t be the same without fresh Quebecois cheese curds. So one of the best things to do in Montebello is make a visit to the town’s famous fromagerie.

Whether you’re shopping for cheddar, brie, or smoked gouda or just picking up a freshly made sandwich or coffee, Fromagerie Montebello is celebrated for its artisanal approach to chees production and its commitment to the province’s dairy heritage.

Their popular luxury snack bar, which sells artisanal sandwiches, charcuterie boards, and tasting plates, is seasonal. But the shop’s main showroom is open year-round, where you can pick up pre-made sandwiches, cheeses, and everything you need to make your own charcuterie.


A boy hugs a chocolage display at Chocomotive in Montebello, Quebec
Cohen wants ALL the chocolate from Chocomotive

Keeping with the food theme, Chocomotive is Montebello’s creative chocolate shop. This popular destination in the town is located in an historic train station right next to the Montebello tourism office.

The beautiful wood building was relocated from its original location and helped Chocomotive become the very first “Economuseum” in Outaouais, an initiative aimed at restoring and repurposing some of Quebec’s historic buildings.

Cohen and I met with Luc Gielen, who runs Chocomotive along with his partner Mabel Callas. He walked us through the whole process of how they source organic, fair-trade coffee from one of our favorite countries, Peru. The chocolate is then crafted right in the store into countless styles of treats, bonbons, and delicacies.

Cohen even had a chance to make his own chocolate treat, which was a pretty fun (and delicious) experience.

Make sure to stop in and try their salted caramel and maple butter chocolates. Absolutely delectable!

Fairmont Le Château Montebello

A huge six sided fireplace in the centre of the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello Great Room
Great Room at the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello

My family has been blessed to have experienced some of the world’s coolest hotels and accommodations, from floating river lodges to Berber tents in the Sahara Desert. Even with all of these incredible experiences, my jaw still hit the floor when I entered the great room at the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello.

The building, which is believed to be the world’s largest log cabin, is centered by a massive six-sided fireplace in a towering great room. The grounds are an example of Montebello wilderness at its finest, with hiking and cycling trails, an indoor curling rink (where you can even sign up for curling lessons), and one of the most beautiful swimming pools I’ve ever seen.

During the winter, the property has a skating rink, and you can even rent snowmobiles or a fat bike from Montebello Velo to explore some of the incredible winter trails.

Don’t miss the Aux Chantignoles restaurant as well. They serve up some of the best fine dining in Montebello. The tables in the great room are excellent, but I highly recommend getting one of their window-side tables where you can dine with a view.

You can check their current rates and availability here.

Montebello Velo

A father and son go fatbiking in Montebello, Quebec
Kevin and Cohen fat biking through Montebello, Quebec

If you love hiking or cycling, Montebello is a dream destination. One of the most popular activities in the town is cycling, and here, you can enjoy two-wheeled adventures all year round. During the summer months, one of the most popular routes in town is the Montebello Loop. This easy 2.7-km (1.7-mile) loop trail is a quiet way to explore the outdoors of Montebello without the crowds.

During the winter, head over to the grounds of the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello and visit Montebello Velo (they’re right next to the curling rink). You can rent fat bikes and head out on a wide range of trails that range from easy to challenging and take you up through the woods as far as the bounds of Parc Omega.

L’Attelage De La Lievre Dogsledding

A musher guides a dog sled through the forests of Montebello, Quebec
Cohen enjoys a dogsled tour through the forests of Montebello

If you’ve never gone dogsledding before, it may be tough to imagine just how much fun it is. We’ve been lucky enough to mush our way through Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and Mont Tremblant, in Quebec. So when we saw that you could go dogsledding in Montebello, Quebec, we couldn’t help ourselves.

Attelage de la Lievre, run by the amiable Jason Baril, has trails that run through 500 acres of Montebello wilderness. His team of 20 rambunctious and energetic sled dogs takes visitors out for two-hour romps that you won’t be able to get enough of.

To pair with the dogsledding, Jason also runs Borefuge, which has a collection of yurts and cabins just off of Autoroute Guy Lafleur. They make for a wonderful way to surround yourself with nature, enjoy some hiking trails, and have a truly unique stay.


I’ll admit, I’ve never done Scootrek, but when I read about it, it sounded like a super fun time.

Géo-Explora Scootrek is a scavenger hunt that takes you through some of the best places to visit in Montebello. You won’t be hiking or biking. Instead, you’ll be riding in style on an electric scooter.

Parc National de Plaisance

A boy bikes through the forest at Parc National de Plaisance in Montebello, Quebec
Dylan bikes through the forest of Parc National de Plaisance

Located just 20 minutes from Montbello, Parc National de Plaisance is a gorgeous provincial park boasting diverse ecosystems and a vast network of hiking and biking trails right along the banks of the Ottawa River.

The park is a popular spot for birding and wildlife watching. It’s not rare to find beavers, white-tailed deer, and countless migratory birds hard at work among the trees.

The park is a popular spot for paddlers, and the park’s management group, Sepaq, who run many other Quebec outdoor spots, including Parc National Temiscouata in the Quebec Maritimes, is known for its interpretive programs, conservation initiatives, and educational events.

They have a range of accommodation options, too, including camping, cottages, yurts, and ready-to-camp setups that fit the needs of almost everyone. You can find out more here.

Where To Eat In Montebello, Quebec

Zouk Restopub

A log cabin restaurant in Montebello Quebec
Zouk Resto Pub

While many of the restaurants in Montebello, Quebec, are closed in the off-season, Zouk Resto pub remains a year-round escape for both locals and visitors.

Offering a lively pub atmosphere with an excellent wine menu, Zouk is known for its French-inspired cuisine, tasty burgers, and pasta.

Zouk is one of the town’s social spots, and on weekends in the summer, you’ll find it to be a packed house, often showcasing live music or themed events. You can check out their menu here.

Bistro Montebello

With its log cabin atmosphere, Bistro Montebello is one of the most popular restaurants in Montebello, Quebec. This cozy bistro features comfort foods like pasta, burgers, and sandwiches like the bacon croque-monsieur and smoked meat. It’s perfect for fueling up for a day exploring the top things to do in Montebello. On the lighter side, their French onion soups and range of salads make for tasty fare.

During the summer months, Zouk Resto Pub offers three different atmospheres to cater to its diverse clientele. The bistro offers a warm and sunny atmosphere, the pub is the social center where locals meet to catch up, and the terrace, adorned with rustic decor, means that you don’t have to stop enjoying the outdoors while you eat.

You can find their full menu here.

Aux Chantignoles

A grand dining room at Aux Chantignoles in the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello
The Grand Dining Room of Aux Chantignoles

Located within the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello, Aux Chantignoles is, in my opinion, the best fine dining experience in Montebello.

With an elegant and inviting ambiance, the restaurant’s main room boasts soaring ceilings and beautiful chandeliers, while the intimate side rooms feature large windows looking out over the Ottawa River.

Their menu features a range of dishes that showcase locally sourced, seasonal ingredients that represent the culinary heritage of the region. You can check out their menu here.

Les Brasseurs de Montebello/Souche I

Les Brasseurs de Montebello is the local craft brewery. It was started as a beer-tasting club launched by Alain Lariviere back in 1995 and quickly grew to hundreds of members. Alain expanded the club into a full-fledged micro-brewery in 2016, and it has quickly grown into one of the most popular places to grab a drink in Montebello. You can find a complete list of their brews here.

While Les Brasseurs doesn’t sell food, they are deeply connected with Souche-I, the sushi restaurant next door. You can enjoy some delicious Japanese cuisine and wash it all down with a tall glass of ale.

Where To Stay In Montebello, Quebec

Parc Omega

Two wolves play outside of a cabin at Parc Omega
Two wolves play outside of our cabin at Parc Omega

If you’re looking for one of the most unique accommodations in Montebello, Parc Omega should be at the top of your list. With a wide range of cabins, chalets, and lodges all facing out onto one of their wolf or bear habitats, Parc Omega offers unprecedented access to nature.

There is simply no cooler feeling than waking in the middle of the night to find a pack of wolves howling outside your window as you and your family relax comfortably and safely nearby.

Be warned though, Parc Omega books up incredibly fast, especially during the summer. You’ll want to plan this one at least a few months ahead.

You can find their current rates and availability here.

Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello

If you’re looking for a luxury stay, the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello should be on your list. This incredible property on the banks of the Ottawa River is jaw-droppingly beautiful. Its log cabin design is incredibly unique; it’s hard to believe that the whole building was built in just three months over 90 years ago!

The rooms at the Fairmont Montebello may be a bit dated, but that simply adds to the historic charm of the resort. There are countless activities on offer year-round that make the Fairmont a destination that families return to year after year.

It’s also a pet-friendly hotel. The Fairmont actually has a friendly hotel dog who loves to join guests on walks around the property.

You can find their prices and availability here.

Kenauk Nature

A father and son play cards in a cozy cabin at Kenauk Nature
Kevin and Cohen play cards at Kenauk Nature

If you long for long nights in a lakeside cabin surrounded by the peaceful rustle of nature, Kenauk Nature is the perfect escape for you.

Kenauk’s vast property covers over 63,000 acres of Montebello wilderness. While you may feel that you’re miles away from civilization, it’s actually only about 45 minutes to town, so access to the Boni Choix grocery store and all of the incredible things to do in Montebello are easily accessible.

They have a range of private accommodations that range from small cabins perfect for couples to lodges that will fit up to 20 people. While you won’t have access to on-site restaurants, you will have access to endless natural experiences.

You can check out their availability here.

Le Petit Chateau Montebello Bed and Breakfast

Located right in the center of Montebello, Le Petit Chateau Montebello is a quaint bed and breakfast that offers easy access to all of Montebello’s attractions. They offer WiFi, a shared terrace, laundry facilities and a family-style dining area.

You can find their current rates and availability here.

Tips For Visiting Montebello In Summer

During the summer months, Montebello, Quebec, is a busy place. It’s true that this small town slips under the radar of many travelers, but those who do know about all of the incredible places to visit here often come back year after year.

Because of its popularity, hotels and restaurants often book up very fast, sometimes months to years in advance. This is especially true for the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello and Parc Omega.

If you’re planning a visit to Montebello, Quebec, book early, use our Montebello travel guide to plan your activities, and come prepared for adventure.

Tips For Visiting Montebello In Winter

If you’re looking for a quiet time of the year to visit, Montebello, Quebec, in winter is amazing. While Parc Omega is often still quite busy, you can still find last-minute cabins available during weekdays if you’re lucky.

While the town is much quieter, this means that some of the restaurants and attractions in Montebello close for the season. Wednesdays are especially quiet as all but a handful of local eateries close for the day.

Winter is my favorite time to visit Montebello as you get all of the action without the crowds. And the fresh bed of snow makes for some gorgeous photos.

Enjoy Your Time In Montebello!

Montebello is one of my top places to visit in Quebec. It’s super easy to access for those in Ontario, and there are loads of activities to keep any family engaged and having fun.

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