With more than 200,000 inhabitants, it is the city resulting from the amalgamation of the older cities of Gatineau, Hull, Aylmer, Masson-Anger and Buckingham in the province of Québec.
Its size means that it offers the services and entertainment found in a larger city without being one. One can find quiet corners without having to necessarily endure rush-hour evenings and mornings.
The whole area is located across from the city of Ottawa, with thousands crossing the river every day to work. However, downtown Hull also has some government offices, and many people cross the other way to work there. Gatineau is part of what you call the National Capital Region.
Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, tel. +1 800 555-5621, . Gatineau's star attraction and Canada's most-visited museum deserves at least half a day of your time. General admission $10 (special exhibitions may charge extra), but entry is free on Thursdays from 4 to 8 PM. Open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM or longer, closed Mondays in winter only.
Grand Hall, Level 1. The world's largest collection of totem poles, quite an amazing sight when all assembled together.
Canada Hall, Level 3. (Close for renovations until July 1, 2017) A very well done and surprisingly interesting presentation of Canadian history, with countless life-sized walk-through exhibits and recreations of villages, towns and cities at different stages.
Gatineau Santa Claus Parade, Principale Street, . Annual parade held at the end of November.
Les Olympiques, 125 Rue de Carillon, ☎ 819-777-0661, . Experience championship quality junior hockey in an intimate arena. Go for the game but the ambiance is what makes this unique. $8-14. edit
Gatineau Park. The outdoor playground for Canada's National Capital Region (Ottawa and Gatineau). It offers amazing possibilities for outdoor recreation, within a 20 minutes drive of either city. This includes: skiing (cross-country and downhill), mountain biking (cross-country and downhill), hiking, canoeing, camping, rock-climbing and bird-watching.
Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival, La Baie Park, . Annual hot air balloon festival held in September. Cost: $15.00 to $53.00.
Canadian Ski Marathon, 81 Jean-Proulx, Suite 200, +1 877 770-6556 (fax: +1 819-770-7428), . Held annually in February. A two day cross-country ski marathon from Gatineau to Lachute. Cost: $180.00 per adult.
MotoFest Canada, . Held late June / early July. Motorcycle festival including events and charity rides. Cost varies.
Rendez-vous des saveurs de l'Outaouais (Outaouais Food Festival), 25 Laurier Street, . Annual food festival held in September. Events include cooking classes and wine tasting.
Festival Country du Grand Gatineau, 110 rue Georges, +1 819 986-3552 (fax: +1 819-986-8342), . Annual country music festival held in the second week of August. Cost: $10.00 to $40.00.
Fête nationale du Québec (Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day), . June 23. Quebec's biggest party of the year. Events held at various locations.
Le Grand Rire de Gatineau (Gatineau Comedy Festival), . Annual comedy festival held in late June / early July. Events held at various locations. Cost: $10.00 - $20.00.
Wonders of Sand, Parc du Lac-Beauchamp, . Early July. Sand-sculpting competition. Cost: $8.00.
Gatineau shares several activities and festivals with the capital, Ottawa. These include the Ottawa Bluesfest and the Winterlude winter festival, to name but a few.
Pecco's, 76 rue Laval, +1 819 771-8933, . M - W 9:00AM to 18:00PM, Th - F 9:00AM to 20:00PM, Sa 9:00AM to 17:00PM, Su 11:00AM to 16:00PM. The preferred retailer for bicycles and cross-country skis in the Ottawa / Hull region.
La Trappe à fromage, 200 Bellehumeur, +1 819 243-6411 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). The best place to shop for cheese in the Ottawa area. Shop also sells regional food products.
Miss Chocolat, 173 Promenade du Portage, +1 819 775-3499, . T - F 10:00AM - 18:00PM. Closed Sa, Su & M. Artisan chocolatier specialising in bold flavor combinations. Also offers chocolate workshops.
Papilles Gourmandes, 256 Boul St-Joseph, +1 819 595-2439 (email: email@example.com). Shop specialises in regional Quebec products including pâtés and cheeses.
L'Argoät - Café Breton, 39A rue Laval, +1 819 771-6170.
Le Troquet, 41 rue Laval, +1 819 776-9595.
Bistro 1908, 70 Promenade du Portage, +1 819 770-1908. M - W 11:30AM to 22:00PM, Th & Sa 11:30AM to 23:00PM, F 11:30AM to Midnight.
La Piz'za-za, 36 rue Laval, +1 819 771-0565, . M -T 11:30AM to 22:00PM, W - Th 11:30AM to 23:00PM, F 11:30AM to 1:00AM, Sa 17:00PM to 23:00PM, Su 17:00PM to 22:00PM. Great pizzas here. Thin crust, personal size pizas are served for about $12, there is no option for a larger pizza. Tropical pizza is good, if a bit spicy. If pizza is not your thing the salads are also great. There is lots of parking space in the area and a few pubs within the same block.
Le French Quarter, 80 Promenade du Portage, +1 819 777-1125, M - F 11:30AM to 23:00PM, Sa 17:00PM to 22:00PM.
Le Tartuffe, 133 rue Notre-Dame-de-l'ïle, +1 819 776-6424, , M-F 11:30AM-2PM, M-Sa 5:30-10PM. Tucked away behind the Museum of Civilizations, this little old house offers classical French cuisine with modern touches. Lunch prix fixe $17.50, dinner menus $30-40 (soup, appetizer, main). Reservations highly recommended.
Le Panaché, 201 Eddy St., +1 819 777-7791, , Tu-F 11:30AM-2:30PM, T-Sa 5:30PM-10:30PM. In Gatineau's downtown area, this appartment style restaurant is one of the Ottawa areas finest French contemporary cuisines. Excellent selection of wines. Dinner starts at $42 for a 4 course meal. Reservations highly recommended.
Où-Quoi! Lounge Urbain, 48 rue Laval, a great little bar to get a drink at and hang out with the locals. The low-key vibe attracts a steady crowd of regulars. The back room offers some privacy if you're partying VIP style. Quebec law prohibits smoking inside but it is still allowed on the terrace. Treat the bartenders right and they will take very good care of you.
Le Petit Chicago, 50 du Portage, Vieux-Hull, +1 819 483-9843, . Sa, M & T Open 20:00PM to 2:00AM. W, Th & F open 16:00PM to 2:00AM. Closed Sunday. Large bar with dance floor and a vibrant social scene. Each night has a different theme. Check out the improvisational jazz on Monday nights.
Café Aux Quatre Jeudis, 44 rue Laval, +1 819 771-9557, .
Le Bop, 9 rue Aubry, +1 819 777-3700.
Les Brasseurs du Temps, 170 rue Montcalm, is a brewpub with an impressive selection of high-quality homemade beers, a great patio and good food. Highlights are a "dégustation" (tasting) of their beers, interesting salads and a laid-back atmosphere .
Condo Touristique Au Paradis, 863 rue Jacques Cartier Gatineau QC Canada, ☎ 819-243-1680, . checkin: 3pm; checkout: Noon. Condo Au Paradis offers a spectacular fully furnished suite for the length of stay that you desire. Situated on the magnificent Outaouais river in Gatineau Quebec, this suite is perfect for tourists and business travellers alike or the perfect transition to your future permanent home.A paradise for boaters with docking facilities available and for nature lovers there are gorgeous walking/hiking trails and bicycle paths, cross country/downhill skiing, snowshoeing, fishing and ice fishing, canoeing, kayaking, river rafting, pontoon and more.This Condo Suite is fully equipped with everything you need.1 private bedroom + 1 double hide-a-bed in living room sleeps a maximum of 4 pers. Kitchen, Dining room, Refrigerator,Stove/oven , Dishwasher, Washer/dryer Telephone, High speed Internet (Wi-Fi) 2 Flat screen televisions cable Air conditioning, Parking On-site certified massage therapist.This condo/suite is newly renovated offering a majestic view of the Outaouais river and parliament hill in the heart of the national capital region. Perfect for the occasional business traveller and tourists who wish to experience the many attractions and year-round festivals .$125-$150. edit
Auberge de La Gare, 205 boul. St-Joseph, +1 866 778-8085(fax: +1 819-595-2021). CAN $90/$150 Queen and 2 double beds.
Best Western Cartier, 131 rue Laurier, ☎ 819 770 8550, . checkin: 4pm; checkout: Noon. Gatineau's only waterfront hotel with good views over the Ottawa River, Parliament Hill and other famous landmarks. 133 non-smoking rooms and suites, free high speed wireless internet, cardio fitness facility and a heated indoor swimming pool. Conference centre facilities and onsite catering to accommodate groups from 10 to 270 people available.99/159 Single/Double. edit
Hilton Lac-Leamy, 3 Boul. du Casino, +1 819 790-6444 (fax: +1 819-790-6408), . CAN $259/$2500 Single/Double.
Four Points by Sheraton & Conference Centre Gatineau-Ottawa, 35 rue Laurier, +1 819 778-6111 (fax: +1 819-778-3647), . CAN $195 Single/Double.
Holiday Inn Plaza la Chaudière, 2 Montcalm, +1 819 778-3880 (fax: +1 819-778-3309), . CAN $120/$260 Single/Double.
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 111 rue Bellehumeur, +1 819 568-5252 (fax: +1 418-266-1535), . CAN $89/$150 Single/Double.
Ramada Plaza Manoir du Casino, 75 rue Edmonton, +1 819 777-7538 (fax: +1 819-777-0277), . CAN $119/$159 Single/Double.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Gatineau - Ottawa, 1170 d'Aylmer, +1 819 778-0000, . CAN $139/$259 Single/Double.
Au 55 Taché, 55 Boul. Alexandre-Taché, +1 819 772-1454 (fax: +1 819-772-1461), . Bed and Breakfast. CAN $75-$85 Single, CAN $85-$95 Double.
Gîte Fanny et Maxime, 31 rue Lessard, +1 819 777-1960, . Bed and Breakfast. CAN $95-$105 Single, CAN $105-$120 Double.
L'Escapade, 912 chemin d'Aylmer, +1 819 772-2388 (fax: +1 819-772-4354), . Bed and Breakfast. CAN $80/$90 Single/Double.
La Belle Corbeille, 23 Boul. Saint-Raymond, +1 819 777-4584 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Bed and Breakfast. CAN $85/$95 Single/Double.
Maison Bon Repos, 37 Cedarvale, +1 819 682-1498, . Bed and Breakfast. CAN $65/$75 Single/Double.
Aux Berges des Outaouais, 863 Jacques-Cartier, +1 819 243-1680, . Condo Touristique tout équipé. CAN $125-$175 up to 4 pers.
Le Philémon, 47 Dumas, +1 819 776-0769, . Bed and Breakfast. CAN $90/$115 Single/Double.
Ottawa, Canada's Capital, is directly across the Ottawa River.
Wakefield is a small, picturesque, artist village about a 25 minute drive north on highway 5.
Great Canadian Bungee, Route 105 Wakefield, Quebec, North America's highest bungee jump is a 20 minute drive north on highway 5. +1-877-828-8170
Cabane à sucre Brazeau, 316 Côte St-Charles, Papineauville, +1 819 427-5611 (fax: +1 819-427-9740). Seasonal: March thru April. Sugar Shack. Enjoy a traditional lumberjack meal in a communal setting. Educational programs available. Products sold on premises.
Cabane à sucre Chez Ti-Mousse, 442 Côte St-Charles, Papineauville, +1 819 427-5413 (fax: +1 819-427-9694). Open year-round by reservation. Sugar Shack. Sale of maple products, entertainment and carriage rides. Educational programs available.