This weekend, the Friends of the Gatineau River are hosting the Gatineau Riverfest, a family-friendly event on September 7th from 2 pm until 9 pm.
There are many different ways for your family to participate, whether you want to register for the Flotilla, or just come out to take part in the on-land events. It’s a great way to support those who are helping to take care of the river and to enjoy what’s left of summer.
We love that this is a rain or shine event and there will still be plenty of fun if the weather decides to not fully cooperate (although if there are thunderstorms around, water activities will be discouraged.)
How to participate in the Gatineau Riverfest
The Flotilla event will welcome non-motorized water vehicles to float down the Gatineau River between Wakefield and Farm Point. To participate in the Flotilla, it’s recommended to pre-register and there is an admission fee between $10 and $20. If you don’t own a watercraft already, you can opt to register to join on the dragon boat or rent a craft (kayak, canoe or paddleboard) from Expéditions Wakefield. These can be reserved online.
Vessel drop off begins at noon, and the Flotilla will be from 2 pm to 3:30 pm. You can register to participate on the day of the Flotailla as well, but registering online is recommended.
What else is happening at the Gatineau Riverfest?
In addition to the river Flotilla, there will be dragon boat and canoe demonstrations, live music and entertainment, canoe ballet, an interactive drumming circle and the evening will close out with a bonfire and more music.
As parents, you’ll be happy to know there are a lot of activities planned for the kids too, in addition to what we’ve already mentioned. The Gatineau Riverfest will have a kids zone with crafts, gymnastics and hoola hooping.
The Eco Market will feature vendors for you to shop with and food and drink for purchase.
This fun gathering of local families will happen in Farm Point in front of the Community Centre at 331 ch. de la Rivière (this is where you can park as well).
Remember, the event will be taking place rain or shine, with many of the activities being moved indoors as needed. So don’t let the forecast keep you away from all of the fun!
Find more information about the Gatineau Riverfest here.
What else is there to do in the Wakefield area?
Since you’ll be making a mini day trip to the Gatineau Riverfest, it’s a great time to also check out the other offerings in and around Wakefield. You can plan to go to the red covered bridge and explore the area, shop around in the town of Wakefield or grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants or cafes. We recommend a trip to the Wakefield Bakery where you can grab a bite for lunch, a pie to bring home or a delicious dessert to savour.
If you’re still feeling adventurous, head to Gatineau Park before and enjoy a hike on one of their trails. There are shorter, smaller trails if you aren’t up for a long walk, or try a place like Pink Lake that is a bit more challenging but offers stunning views.