Destination guide

Scenic trails and sunshine in Chelsea

Set in the heart of Gatineau Park, Chelsea is a characterful town surrounded by shimmering lakes and golden maple forests. As a true all-season destination, it offers sandy beaches, fiery fall foliage, scenic ski slopes and more. From family vacations to romantic weekends away, Chelsea is an enchanting slice of Quebec. Spend your days hiking along scenic trails, soaking up the sun on the beach or simply relaxing on the deck of your Chelsea vacation rentals cottage. Just a few kilometers from Ottawa, you'll also enjoy a serene forest setting just minutes from the Canadian capital.

Things to do

Swap Chelsea for high tea and woodland trails

Set on top of the Eardley Escarpment, the Champlain Lookout offers sweeping views over Gatineau Park. Anchoring the park is Mackenzie King Estate, which once served as a summer retreat for Canada's 10th prime minister. Today, visitors are welcome to explore the woodland trails, tour the historic cottages or enjoy a cup of Earl Grey at the elegant Mackenzie King Tearoom. From ceremonies to receptions, it's quickly emerging as one of Quebec's top wedding destinations. Thrill seekers will jump at the chance to explore Camp Fortune, a multipurpose park featuring downhill ski runs, ziplines and more.

Activities

Hit the Chelsea ski slopes

For most vacationers, Chelsea is all about rest, relaxation and reconnecting with nature. With over 200 kilometers of trails to explore, outdoor adventures are always within reach. After a long day on the trails, why not cool off with a dip at Lac La Peche beach? Things don't slow down in winter, when skiers descend on the park's alpine runs. Planning a ski break? With rustic decor, spacious living areas and steaming hot tubs, Chelsea vacation rentals make it easy to create your own apres-ski scene. Just add wine, cheese and music.

Weather

Long days and sunshine in Chelsea

Most visitors arrive in summer, when Chelsea enjoys long days and lashings of sunshine. From chic cottages on Gatineau River to waterfront cabins on Meech Lake, Chelsea vacation rentals make the most of the sunshine. Gatineau Park is particularly beautiful in fall, when its maple trees explode in a sea of reds, yellows and golds. The season peaks with the annual Fall Rhapsody Festival, which lures leaf-peepers from across North America. Expect guided walks, art exhibitions, live music and, of course, fiery fall foliage.

Natural features

Escape the hustle and bustle in Chelsea

While it's just 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa, Chelsea feels worlds away from Canada's bustling capital city. The town sits in Gatineau Park, one of Quebec's signature green spaces. It covers a sprawling 36,000-hectare footprint and is dotted with over 50 freshwater lakes, not to mention streams, rivers and wetlands. While the forests are mostly maple, Gatineau Park is also brimming with rare eastern red cedars. Wildlife watchers will be in their element, with the chance to spot white-tailed deer, beavers and black bears.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Chelsea

Fly into Ottawa, ON (YOW-Macdonald-Cartier Intl.), the closest airport, located 17 mi (27.4 km) from the city center.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Chelsea?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Chelsea:

  • Kanata: 290 vacation rentals
  • Kanata Lakes - Marchwood Lakeside - Morgan's Grant - Kanata: 18 vacation rentals
  • Byward Market: 41 vacation rentals
  • Glebe: 52 vacation rentals
  • Byward Market - Parliament Hill: 86 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Chelsea?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Chelsea. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Gatineau Park: 339 vacation rentals
  • Camp Fortune: 341 vacation rentals
  • Meech Ski Lift: 340 vacation rentals
  • Pineault Ski Lift: 340 vacation rentals
  • Parc Pee Wee Park: 340 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Chelsea listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Chelsea?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 19 Cottages in Chelsea. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Chelsea include:

  • Cabins: 19 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 19 rentals available
  • Houses: 117 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Chelsea?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 44 vacation rentals with pool available in Chelsea. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.