Long Weekends in Chelsea, Quebec: Summer Outdoor Activities 🌞

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by The Local
June 29, 2023
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Nomades du Parc
Welcome to the first post of our new series, "Long Weekends in Chelsea, Quebec"! In this series, we'll be exploring the charming town of Chelsea and all the exciting activities it has to offer for a memorable summer getaway. Whether you're an adventurous couple, a fun-loving family, or a group of friends seeking outdoor thrills, Chelsea is the perfect destination. Let's dive into our long weekend itinerary, packed with engaging activities, delicious food, and cozy accommodations.

Where to Stay 🏨

For the best accommodation options, we recommend staying in Old Chelsea. The Auberge Old Chelsea B&B and the New Lofts du Village Hotel are both fantastic choices. These accommodations offer a convenient location, allowing you to explore the town without driving throughout the entire weekend.

Day 1: Thursday - Arriving in Chelsea

πŸš΄β€β™€οΈ "Thursday After-Park" Event
Kickstart your long weekend by arriving in Chelsea on Thursday evening around 5:30 PM. Nomades du Parc collaborates with Chelsea Pub every Thursday to organize the exciting "Thursday After-Park" event.

AprΓ¨s-parc – Nomades du parc
Photo credits: Nomades du Parc

This gathering brings together the outdoor community of the region for a fun-filled evening from 5 PM to 10 PM. You can participate in road/gravel biking, mountain and trail running, and enjoy delectable food from food carts, refreshing drinks, DJ sets, and pop-up shops. The lively atmosphere and friendly staff make it a must-visit event. Plus, you might even get some insider tips for the upcoming days!

Day 2: Friday - Relaxation and Adventure

😌 Explore Old Chelsea
After an exhilarating start to your long weekend, take some time to unwind and explore the charm of Old Chelsea on Friday morning. Locals love the quiet Friday mornings, and we suggest grabbing a coffee at CafΓ© Les Saisons.

CafΓ© Les Saisons Coffee

Don't miss out on trying the incredible croissants at Paco's Croissanterie (LeBronx Pizza) – they are both delicious and enormous! It's just two minute walk away!

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🌲 Peak to Peak Ziplines at Camp Fortune

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Once you're rejuvenated, it's time for your next adventure. Head to the new Peak to Peak Ziplines at Camp Fortune, which offers a thrilling experience combined with breathtaking views of Gatineau Park. This three-zipline course stretches an impressive 4,478 feet, taking you from the top of Marshall to McDonald's. It's perfect for dual riders, so gather your family and friends and soar through the skies together. Remember to book in advance for this unforgettable experience.

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🍻 Chelsea & Co Microbrasserie

‍After a day filled with relaxation and excitement, it's time to indulge in some well-deserved refreshments. Visit the newly established Chelsea & Co Microbrasserie for some incredible food and a fantastic patio experience. They recently won three awards at the Canadian Brewing Awards, and their commitment to local artisans, well-being, and the environment makes them a unique and enjoyable brewery to explore.

Day 3: Saturday - Scenic Trails and Delectable Eateries

β˜• Breakfast at Biscotti‍

You can't leave Chelsea without starting your Saturday with a scrumptious breakfast at Biscotti. This coffee shop is more than just a place to grab a cup of joe; it's a cozy haven filled with fond memories, relaxation, and productivity. The inviting atmosphere, rustic furniture, and vintage decor create a unique charm. Treat yourself to their freshly baked pastries and aromatic coffee for an indulgent morning.

πŸš΄β™‚οΈ Community Trail (Voie Verte Chelsea) Bike Ride

‍Once you're fueled up and energized, rent a gravel bike from Nomades du Parc or bring your own. Embark on a picturesque biking adventure along the Community Trail (Voie Verte Chelsea) towards Wakefield. This trail is a personal favourite, offering breathtaking views of the Gatineau River and its surroundings. You'll be surrounded by lush greenery, towering trees, and the gentle sounds of the river. The trail is perfect for walkers, joggers, and cyclists of all skill levels, providing a safe and scenic environment to enjoy nature at its finest.

🍽️ Bistro Pub Manchester

‍After an active day, satisfy your hunger at Bistro Pub Manchester, the local favourite pub. This cozy spot in Old Chelsea offers a warm ambiance, mouthwatering food, and an impressive beer selection. Their menu caters to a variety of tastes, and their mushroom meltdown burger is an absolute must-try. The blend of flavours and textures is simply divine, making it a customer favourite.

Day 4: Sunday - Healthy Eats and Water Adventures

πŸ₯— Naturally Vero

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Before bidding farewell to our lovely town, start your Sunday with a healthy and delicious breakfast at Naturally Vero. This eatery firmly believes in the power of plant-based cuisine and healthy living. Their menu features nourishing and wholesome meals crafted with locally sourced, organic ingredients. From fresh salads to hearty bowls, every bite will leave you feeling nourished and satisfied. Don't miss their vegan desserts and refreshing beverages for a complete culinary experience.

πŸ„β€β™€οΈ Paddlefit

‍If time permits, why not end your long weekend with an exciting water adventure? Rent a Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) or take your first lesson at Paddlefit. They offer programs for beginners and experienced paddlers, with options like SUP surfing and SUP yoga. You can even explore the thrilling world of wing foiling and foiling. Paddlefit's certified instructors will guide you through an unforgettable experience on the water.

🌿 Preserve and Respect Chelsea

As your long weekend comes to a close, we want to remind you to be respectful of our town and leave it better than you found it. Chelsea, Quebec, is a hidden gem nestled amidst breathtaking natural landscapes. However, as more people discover its beauty, we must come together as stewards of this place to ensure its preservation for future generations. Let's cherish and protect our beloved wilderness, facing challenges like dwindling funding and the impact of climate change.

We hope you've enjoyed this glimpse into the exciting summer outdoor activities awaiting you in Chelsea, Quebec. Join us in our next installment, where we'll explore more enchanting long weekend experiences in this picturesque town. Until then, have a fantastic time exploring the wonders of Chelsea!

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