Three “must-do” activities for the Labour Day long weekend

The beautiful summer that we’ve been having has been perfect for outdoor activities. Now that summertime is coming to a close, here are three great activities that make for a fun end to the season. Why not make them a yearly tradition with your friends and family?

Labour Day at the Mackenzie King Estate

From September 1 to 3, the Mackenzie King Estate will be marking the end of summer with its annual celebration. This year, culture will be featured in the festivities, with presentations by Algonquin and Québec artists, art workshops, a tasting of typical Algonquin dishes and a powwow dance demonstration.

There will also be Quebec folk music, a photo exhibition and an environmental art workshop. There’s something for the whole family: Kids’ Corner, a giant mural to colour, Selfie Station, cottages (museums) to visit and heritage ruins.

If you’ve never taken part in these activities in past years, maybe now is the time to discover a regional tradition. The last long weekend of the summer is always a great time when you spend it at the Mackenzie King Estate!

NOKIA Sunday Bikedays

Sunday bikeday

September 2 marks the close of the 48th season of NOKIA Sunday Bikedays, organized in collaboration with the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC). For the last time this year, come and enjoy car-free roads in the heart of the Capital and Gatineau Park, and discover the beauty of the region in a fun and environmentally friendly way.

New this year: The “Fast Lane” on the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway is offered, between 7 am and 9 am, for cyclists who prefer riding at a faster pace. There is also a free bike tune-up service on Colonel By Drive, thanks to NOKIA, and PIPSC’s mobile water stations, where you can fill your water bottle.

Whether you like to bike, inline skate or walk, join us this Labour Day weekend for the close of another successful season!

Last weekend to hit the beach


The constant heat this summer has made our beaches extra popular, both in Gatineau Park and at Leamy Lake. But, all good things must come to an end: a few closures may be possible at certain times between now and the end of the season on Monday, September 3.

To find out which beaches are open on the day of your visit, check our interactive map. When beaches are open, lifeguards will be on duty from 10 am to 6 pm.

Don’t forget to bring a picnic! Most of the beaches have barbecues. Come and enjoy a last swim, or rent a canoe or pedal boat. A day at the beach is just the thing to put smiles on the faces of those who will be going back to school or returning to work after the long weekend.