Located between Ottawa and Montreal, Montebello is a small town in Quebec famous for Le Chateau Montebello the largest log cabin in the world and the gorgeous Canadian wilderness surrounding the area. If you plan on visiting here are my suggestion on the top things to do or see when you are in the area.
On the Fairmont Chateau Montebello grounds, you can find the Manoir Papineau which is on the grounds of the Fairmont Chateau Montebello. Overlooking the Ottawa River, the manor was the home of politician Louis-Joseph Papineau up until his death in 1846.
From June 26 until October 9 you can visit the Manoir Papineau for free where you can view the grand house and beautiful gardens. For those looking to further enhance your visit, you can also pay to take part to have tea and desserts for $22 or you can make reservations for dinner.
Within the town of Montebello, you can visit Fromagerie Montebello, which produces and sells 4 outstanding kinds of cheese. When visiting make sure to pick up some of their Rebellion 1837 which is a blue cheese that won bronze at the World Cheese Awards, but my personal favorite would have to be the Adoray a creamy cow milks cheese.
In the old Montebello Station, you can find Chocomotive an artisanal chocolate store. Here you can watch people make the various chocolates through a large glass window.
In the store, there is a huge assortment of different types of chocolate truffles and chocolate bars for sale.
I had so much fun selecting a variety of chocolate truffles and heading to the back of the store where you can find picnic tables and having myself a dessert picnic.
Les Brasseurs de Montebello
Craft beer lovers will rejoice to discover there is a microbrewery, Les Brasseurs de Montebello which offers tons of beers on tap.
When visiting make sure to sample their beers which include the Jackrabbit a dark stout, the Kenauk Ale a pale ale, the Queen of Mount Vinoy a honey blonde, and the Choco-bello a chocolate stout.
The Choco-bello is particularly regionally specific beer as it pairs the chocolate from ChocoMotive in the smooth drinking beer.
Fairmont Chateau Montebello
If you are planning on spending more than one day I highly recommend spending the night at the Fairmont Chateau Montebello Canada’s largest log cabin. Even if you aren’t spending the night, the hotel is worth visiting to pamper yourself at the spa or make reservations to enjoy the spectacular brunch or dinner offerings in the grand dining room.
Parc Omega is a year-round wildlife parc where you can experience Canadian animals. Spreading across 2200 acres the park is divided several different regions (forest, meadow, mountain, lakes, and boreal) where you can see Canadian animals up close.