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Diner Review • Aug 21, 2012
“The best ice cream ever. The long line up outside the door proves that. Definitely worth the wait to get in. If you go visit Gatineau Park, add this place on your itinerary.”
~Mobile review Likes it.
“Their Lemon Cassis Cheesecake flavour is the best ice cream I have ever eaten. EVER. Think new york cherry cheesecake base with the addition of lemon zest and whatever the heck a cassis berry is. In-frackin-credible. Will be making the trip here more than once this summer. (CapitalDigs)”
~ Holy snappin’ crickets (see what I did there?)!
Diner Review • Nov 11, 2012
“This is the best ice cream parlor I’ve ever been to… and I’ve been to many. The servers are incredibly sweet, fun and pleasant, and the ice cream is second to none – highly recommend the dulce de leche and the gingersnap chai.”
~Sinfully Dreamy and Delicious Favourite
Rating  · 9 thumbs up
La Cigale offers a wide spectrum of ice cream flavours to satisfy any sweet tooth. The name of this delightful neighbourhood ice cream shop comes from the French fable, La Cigale et la Fourmi. With its characteristic song and beauty, the cicada is considered by many to be a sign of good luck. With a name so jovial, it’s no wonder a visit to La Cigale reveals a warm, festive little shop splashed with all the colours of the rainbow.
This little ice cream shop offers what none of the big chains do: fresh, homemade ice cream created in-store every morning. It’s this hands-on approach that gives La Cigale the ability to concoct such original flavours, like Ginger Snap & Chai, Raspberry Champagne Sorbet, Coconut Cashew and Brownies and Cream.
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This is the place to stop for an ice cream after a day in Gatineau Park. It is clearly popular. The was a long line out the door when we were there, many who were clearly regular or return visitors. Many flavours to pick from, from old classics to unique combinations. In addition to cones, you can also buy tubs of ice cream if you want to take some home with you. Staff there speak both English and French. There is plenty of seating in the back garden and on the patio to enjoy eating your ice cream if the weather is good. They are open late (10 pm) most nights with their posted summer hours. (Bullmoose_Rocks, Alberta)
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We stopped here with the family on a trip up to Lac Phillipe. The ice cream is great, and the garden was fantastic. Definitely add it to your stop list if you are the QC side of the river.
The best ice cream I’ve had in the city/surrounding area, and I think I’ve sampled my fair share. Absolutely worth the drive over the bridge on its own. Partner sticks to the ginger snap + chai every time, while I’ve sampled 3 or 4 different flavours. Most recently I had the strawberries & sour cream, and it’s so right.
All that and a cute building/set-up to boot, with a nice yard to have a seat and cone in after a walk in the Gatineaus. ~butwhoami
I had the strawberry and sour cream ice cream in a waffle cone (a must!) It was very good, strong flavor but not overwhelming. The waffle cone was fresh and crisp. My husband had the almond mocha ice cream. It was very extreme on the mocha. Like VERY! also the almond chunks were a little on the large side – but he would get the same flavor again. ~‘Lil legume
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© The Ottawa Citizen (Evergreen) 2012
Worth the drive: For luscious cold treats
Benita Baker, Ottawa Citizen
Published: Saturday, July 14, 2012
Why it’s worth the drive: Located in Old Chelsea, the lime green building with the huge ice cream cone out front is just across from the Gatineau Park Visitor’s Centre, and is a popular spot with hikers, bikers and city slickers out for a ride in the country. Ice cream in flavours such as raspberry-white-chocolate, gingersnap-and-chai, strawberry-and-sour cream, and banana-skor-and-walnut, is made fresh daily.
There are lots of places to lounge outside with your ice cream – either on the front-porch benches or in the large side yard filled with Adirondack chairs. When you’re done with your cone, wander into the art gallery next door or check out some of the shops in the village.
Cost: Prices range from $2.75 for a kiddie cone to $4.63 for a large. A banana split is $6.55.
Where: 14 Scott Rd. in Old Chelsea (Chemin Old Chelsea exit off High-way 5)
Hours: Monday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Contacts: http://lacigaleicecream.ca 819-827-6060