Day 2 of Ottawa Family Fun Week brings us on another adventure. The purpose of Family Fun Week is to dedicate a week to spending time as a family and enjoying the activities and attractions that the Ottawa area has to offer.
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About Parc Omega
At this one-of-a-kind site in Québec, you can observe a number of species of wild animals living free in their natural habitat year-round. A 15-km road snakes through a territory of 2200 acres of varying landscapes-lakes, prairies, valleys, forests and rocky hills. Embark on a photo safari in your own car. Stroll along two forest interpretation trails (800 or 1,500 m) to stretch your legs and admire the white tailed deer.
Parc Omega is located in Montebello, 1:30 hour from Montreal, 1 hour from Ottawa and Mont Tremblant. Parc Omega offers a closeness with wildlife and the ability to directly feed the animals.
Our Thoughts On Parc Omega
Right out of the gates we knew it was going to be an adventure. As we got through the gates we were suddenly stopped and surrounded by deer. They know the routine, people enter = we get carrots. As I through carrots out the window trying to get them to move Tobei yelled “This is extortion”. The car beside us laughed as they continued to drive on as the deer were only extorting us. It was a team effort 😉
Being this close to wildlife and getting to feed them as they approached our van was amazing. We all took turns feeding the animals, even the boys got involved. Big Brother would yell “GIVE THEM A CARROT” everytime an animal approached our vehicle.
At the halfway mark of the car trail was a place you could get out and stretch your legs. There were picnic tables and a play ground set up. You could also catch a wagon wide or choose to take one of the 3 walking paths up to the farm. We took the wagon wide up but decided to walk back via the direct path. It was much quicker than waiting on the wagon. Though the kids did enjoy the wagon ride up there.
Nolie’s Tips for Parc Omega
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- Pack a lunch! We didn’t, figured we could get food up there. At the farm you can get ice cream or a muffin but the only real food available is at the park house which is at the entrance to the park. We were all pretty hungry at the picnic area and wished we had packed a lunch.
- Wear running shoes. You will want to get out at the picnic area and walk around. This is not the place for flip flops or high heels. Especially if you decide to check out the walking paths.
- When they say do not feed the buffalo they really mean DO NOT feed the buffalo. The car in front of decided to ignore this safety rule and our car got an attitude head knock from a buffalo. Thankfully no damage.
- Bring at least 4 bags of carrots or buy them there. On site it s $2.50 for a bag of carrots. We only brought 2 bags and ran out early. Even with me splitting the carrots in 2 this was still not enough.
- Plan to spend the entire day and get their at opening. The later in the day it gets the more cars that show up. We spent almost 5 ours there and still did not experience the entire park.
Parc Omega Visitor Information
Parc Omega is 45 minutes from Ottawa and 1 hour from Montreal.
If you only have 2 hours or an entire day they lay out on their site different ways to enjoy the park based on the amount of time you have. Check out Plan Your Visit.
*Disclaimer: My family was provided with passes to visit Parc Omega. As always all opinions are my own.*