Charming ChelseaPublished on February 26, 2017

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  • Outdoor fun!
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • BISCOTTI & CIE
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • Bougie Doozy Candle
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • Le Vignoble de Chelsea
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • Le Vignoble de Chelsea
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • The Chelsea Pub
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • The Chelsea Pub
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • The Chelsea Pub
    Photo by: Mark Holleron


  • Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • BISCOTTI & CIE
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • BISCOTTI & CIE
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • BISCOTTI & CIE
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • Bougie Doozy Candle
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

Chelsea is a popular year-round destination in Quebec for outdoor enthusiasts, but in winter seems particularly enchanting.  To explore 
its charms, start the day by checking in with 
the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre at 
33 Scott Rd. Head out for a ski, snowshoe 
or hiking experience. Trail passes are sold 
at the Visitors Centre, or can be borrowed 
through Ottawa at Outaouais 
region public libraries.

BISCOTTI & CIE

This gem of a café is a majestic find! Charming hand-written notes surround the front door of Biscotti & Cie and welcome guests to taste assorted hot beverages, decadent desserts and freshly-made lunch items. Out back, find an authentic Yurt with more inspiring notes dangling from the ceiling. Comfy cushions and chairs surround a wood burning stove to invite conversation or mediation. Book a yoga class or a night out with friends in this space that attracts the likes of the PM’s wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, who occasionally brings her husband too! Visit at 
6 Chemin Scott, Chelsea.

EVERYONE WELCOME

The National Capital Commission (NCC) encourages new Canadians to get into the woods with a free program that helps teach newcomers how to embrace winter in Canada. The new initiative includes a guided tour in Gatineau Park with snowshoe rentals and an end-of-tour hot chocolate. Invitations are sent out through a variety of English and French second-language programs. Approximately 1,000 new Canadians will take part this season.

TASTY FARE

The Chelsea Pub, built in 1875 when Chelsea had only 819 taxable residents, is one of the oldest houses in town. Today, the building retains its heritage with the addition of modern amenities. Chef James Spinnewyn comes from northern France and creates an up market pub-style menu. Taste it at 
238 Old Chelsea Rd.

A SWEET SPOT

Le Vignoble de Chelsea offers a variety of ways to celebrate the flavours of winter in Quebec. A weekend dinner show runs Friday and Saturday nights. An authentic sugar shack opens for eight weekends throughout March and April, 
and brings the sweet taste of their 
produced-on-site maple syrup. 
Visit them at 1582 Route 105 or 
www.vignoblechelsea.com

HIPPY DIPPY

Bruce Langer met a “wax genius” at Grossman’s Tavern in Toronto’s Kensington Market back in the ‘70s when it was a popular “hippy hangout.” Bruce learned everything he needed to know from the candle maker, and took the knowledge to develop a business that has weaved its way in and out of Toronto and Ottawa locations. It now embraces a prominent spot on Old Chelsea Road under the name of Bougie Doozy Candle. With a unique method of creating eye-catching, food-grade paraffin candles, Bruce and his business partner Greg Brayford are enjoying the success of being a popular tourist destination as well as serving a worldwide, online clientele. Pick up a celebratory Canada 150 candle this spring at 181 Old Chelsea Road.


Mary Taggart

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