Partying with the bears, dancing with the wolves!|Patrick Sacco|KnowLedge World Network|Activities|KNOWLEDGE CAPITAL

  • 2018.07.17
  • Partying with the bears, dancing with the wolves!
Parc Omega is a nature park in Montebello, Quebec, but it’s not too far from Ottawa.
It is THE place where the Canadian wildlife welcomes you to its natural habitat: wolf, black bear, moose, elk, beaver, bison, you name it, they are all there!
Lovers of wildlife photography will be delighted, as well as landscape lovers, because the Parc Omega has a unique formula: its route crosses an extraordinarily varied landscape, where lakes, meadows, valleys, forests and rocky hills follow each other.


Visiting Parc Omega was the greatest experience I have done so far in Canada.
Sleeping inside the park, surrounded by trees, deer, wolves and bears was something amazing for me because, although my dear Scotland has an amazing landscape, it was something unique to be so close to wild animals in their natural habitat.
I wanted to live the experience of sleeping in the middle of nature, but I must admit that the option of sleeping in a cabin appealed to me much more than the tent option, so I opted to choose one of the great accommodation that the Omega offers. They have something suitable for all tastes and budgets, from small cabins to luxury chalets...


The night was just as special. The four of us friends together in front of the fire (the park staff gives you what you need to have a safe bonfire), fighting occasionally with mosquitoes and some spider, but savoring every second of it, made me feel aware that Canada is bringing me totally new and different experiences.
The next day we visited the park, first on foot and then by car. First, we saw many deer around our cabin. Later, we went to see how they feed the wolves and the bears.
You can tour the park using your own car, but, obviously, without being able to get off at any time, except in the authorized areas.


The first deer came to our windows looking for food (especially for carrots which are sold inside the park to feed them) and the truth is that it took us a little by surprise. We just slightly opened the window and the deer tried to put its snout inside.



After this unique and unusual encounter, the experience did nothing but improve. We spotted buffalos, white and black wolves, foxes, moose, bears, birds and coyotes ... Most of them seen from quite close but the only ones that walk through the meadows and towards the roads were deer, buffalo and birds. The other animals live in separate and protected areas.
The whole journey without getting off the car took us about 50 minutes, so we gave ourselves the luxury of doing it twice: once in the morning, and another time after lunch, taking advantage of the fact that the rain produces some puddles and more animals came out to drink.


Omega also offers two interesting cultural areas. The first is the Colonization Area, where you can see different types of buildings typical of the indigenous inhabitants of the region, such as cabins, an old farm, a tipi, and even a sugar hut.
In this same area are the show arenas, where visitors can come to see the feeding of the wolves and bears.
The other interesting area is the First Nations Area where totems are found. First Nations is the name given to the indigenous people in Canada and it came into usage in the 80s to replace the term Indian or native who are now considered as discriminatory terms.
You can spend a whole day at the park or perhaps just half a day if you visit it in a hurry. But if you have the possibility to visit it, do not miss it, because I assure you that you will like it a lot. On the Omega Parc website, one can find all the price information, maps, accommodation listings and also see some more photos of the park.


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  • Patrick Sacco
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HELLO! MY NAME IS PATRICK AND I LIVE IN EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, WHERE I WORK AS A CIVIL ENGINEER AND I’M ALSO AN AMATEUR POET IN MY SPARE TIME. I MOVED TO SCOTLAND ABOUT 9 YEARS AGO FROM ITALY AND I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. SOME PEOPLE DON’T LIKE THE RAINY WEATHER BUT IT’S THIS TYPE OF WEATHER WHICH ALLOWS THIS REGION TO BE SO LUSH AND GREEN. WHENEVER I HAVE THE CHANCE I TAKE MY CAR TO THE COUNTRYSIDE AND I GO EXPLORE THE MANY LAKES AND VALLEYS AROUND EDINBURGH.

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