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Gatineau
—  City  —
City of Gatineau - Ville de Gatineau
The sun sets on office buildings in Hull

Coat of arms

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Motto: Fortunae meae, multorum faber[1]
Gatineau is located in Quebec
Gatineau
Location in Quebec, Canada
Coordinates (25, rue Laurier): 45°25′40″N 75°42′38″W / 45.42778°N 75.71056°W / 45.42778; -75.71056
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Administrative Region Outaouais
Amalgamated 2002
Government
 - Mayor Marc Bureau
 - Governing body Gatineau City Council
 - MPs Lawrence Cannon, Richard Nadeau, Marcel Proulx
 - MNAs Maryse Gaudreault, Stéphanie Vallée, Charlotte L'Écuyer, Norman MacMillan, Marc Carrière
Area
 - Total 342.21 km2 (132.1 sq mi)
Population (2006)[2]
 - Total 242,124(Ranked 17th)
 Density 662.3/km2 (1,715.3/sq mi)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 819
Access Routes
A-5
A-50

Route 105
Route 148
Route 307
Route 315
Route 366
Website www.ville.gatineau.qc.ca

Gatineau (as of 2006 census population 242,124)[2] is a city in western Quebec, Canada, the fourth largest by population in the province (after Montreal, Quebec City and Laval).It is paired with Ottawa,the capital of Canada. It is situated on the northern bank of the Ottawa River, immediately across from Ottawa, Ontario, and is located within Canada's National Capital Region. Ottawa and Gatineau comprise a single Census Metropolitan Area.

Gatineau is coextensive with a territory equivalent to a regional county municipality (TE) and census division (CD) of the same name, whose geographical code is 81.

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History

  • July 1, 1855: The cantons of Hull, Templeton, and Buckingham, as well as the villages of Aylmer and Buckingham are formed as part of the first municipal divisions in Quebec.
  • February 23, 1875: The city of Hull is separated from Hull Canton.
  • 1876: The village of Pointe-à-Gatineau separates from Templeton.
  • 1877: The parish of L'Ange-Gardien separates from Buckingham Canton.
  • 1880: The canton of Hull is divided into the cantons of Hull-South and Hull-West (now Chelsea).
  • 1886: The canton of Templeton is divided into the cantons of Templeton-West and Templeton-East.
  • 1889: The canton of Hull-East separates from Hull-West.
  • 1890: The village of Buckingham changes its status to "city".
  • 1897: The town of Masson separates from Buckingham Canton.
  • March 23, 1897: The canton of Buckingham-South-East separates from Buckingham Canton.
  • 1900: Great Fire of Hull
  • 1909: The canton of Templeton-North (now Val-des-Monts) separates from Templeton-East.
  • 1915: The village of Angers separates of L'Ange-Gardien.
  • 1918: The canton of Buckingham-South-West separates from Buckingham Canton.
  • 1920: The village of Deschênes separates from Hull-South. The village of Templeton and the canton of Templeton-East-Part-East separates from Templeton-East.
  • 1933: The village of Gatineau separates from Templeton-West.
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1939 to 1975

Gatineau was incorporated in 1939. From 1939 to 1975, the City of Gatineau encompassed a very small area compared to its current borders. Old Gatineau consisted of the area north of the Ottawa River opposite Kettle Island. Its western border was at present day Boulevard de la Cité and its eastern border went through present day Parc du Lac-Beauchamp. Its northern border was Boulevard Saint-René, but it was extended northward as the city expanded.

  • 1957: Pointe-à-Gatineau becomes the town of Pointe-Gatineau. Gatineau changed its status to "city".
  • 1964: Hull-South changed its name to Municipality of Lucerne.
  • 1971: Hull-East changed its name to Town of Touraine.
  • January 1, 1975: Hull changed its status to city. The towns of Pointe-Gatineau, Gatineau, and Touraine, the cantons of Templeton-West, Templeton-East, and Templeton-East-Part-East, as well as the village of Templeton amalgamate to form the City of Gatineau.
  • January 1, 1975: The towns of Buckingham and Masson, the municipality of Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette, the cantons of Buckingham, Buckingham-South-East, and Buckingham-South-West, the parish of L'Ange-Gardien and the village of Angers amalgamate to form the town of Buckingham.
  • January 1, 1975: Aylmer, Lucerne, and Deschênes amalgamate to form the town of Aylmer.

1975 to 2002

On January 1, 1975, the municipalities of Gatineau, Pointe-Gatineau, Touraine, Templeton, Templeton-Ouest and Templeton-Est were merged to form the City of Gatineau in an effort to improve municipal services and coordinate urban growth. With the 1975 amalgamation, Gatineau became the largest city in the Outaouais and fourth largest municipality in Quebec behind Montreal, Quebec City and Laval.

  • May 17, 1979: Following public demand, the town of Masson and the municipalities of L'Ange-Gardien and Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette are separated from Buckingham.
  • January 1, 1989: Following public demand, the municipality of Cantley separates from Gatineau. Nevertheless, Gatineau remained the fourth largest municipality in Quebec by population.
  • January 1991: The Communauté Urbaine de l'Outaouais (Outaouais Urban Community) and Les Collines-de-l'Outaouais RCM are formed out of the Communauté Régionale de l'Outaouais (Outaouais Regional Community).[3]
  • 1993: Masson changed its name to town of Masson-Angers.
  • 2000: Bicentennial of city of Hull is celebrated.
  • January 1, 2002: The cities of Aylmer, Buckingham, Gatineau, Hull, and Masson-Angers are amalgamated to form the new City of Gatineau. These 5 cities used to constitute the Communauté Urbaine de l'Outaouais (Outaouais Urban Community) supra-regional organization.[4] The former City of Gatineau was the largest of these municipalities, both in area and population.
Gatineau with current and former boundaries (click on image for full legend).

Amalgamation

On January 1, 2002, the Parti Québécois government of Quebec amalgamated a number of municipalities throughout the Province, including the five former cities that constitute the current City of Gatineau (Aylmer, Hull, Gatineau, Buckingham and Masson-Angers). Hull was still considered the primary city within this region, although the former Gatineau had a larger population. Nonetheless, the name Gatineau was chosen for the new amalgamated municipality because it was more representative of the region (given that the former Gatineau county, the federal Gatineau Park, the Gatineau Hills, and the Gatineau River defined the area geographically, in a less restrictive manner than Hull). The Gatineau name was chosen, despite the fact that "Hull-Gatineau" was the most popular choice in opinion polls, because the transition committee excluded hyphenated names from the ballot, and despite the fact that the Hull name had represented the earliest urban development in the area. Also the fact that Gatineau is more French has likewise influenced the choice of largely French-speaking inhabitants.

On June 20, 2004, the current Liberal government of Quebec fulfilled a campaign promise by holding a referendum vote, giving the residents of the former cities the choice of separating from Gatineau. In order to separate, the residents of a former city required a double-win: more than 50% of the vote representing at least 35% of the electorate. The majority of the votes cast in Aylmer and Masson-Angers were in favour of separation, but they did not represent at least 35% of the electorate in their respective communities. The majority of voters in Buckingham and Hull, chose to remain part of Gatineau. The participation was very low, and the status quo can be partly attributed to the indifference of the citizens. There was no referendum in the former city of Gatineau.

Economy

A number of federal and provincial government offices are located in Gatineau, due to its proximity to the national capital, and its status as the main town of the Outaouais region of Quebec.

A policy of the federal government to distribute federal jobs on both sides of the Ottawa River led to the construction of several massive office towers to house federal civil servants in downtown Gatineau; the largest of these are Place du Portage and Terrasses de la Chaudière, occupying part of the downtown core of the city. Some government agencies and ministries headquartered in Gatineau are the Canadian International Development Agency, Public Works and Government Services Canada and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.[5]

Recreation

Filling the balloons in the park

Two important tourist attractions located in Gatineau are the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Casino du Lac Leamy. In August, the Casino hosts an international fireworks competition which opposes four different countries with the winner being awarded a Prix Zeus prize for the best overall show (based on several criteria) and can return in the following year. At the beginning of September, on Labour Day weekend, Gatineau hosts an annual hot air balloon festival which fills the skies with colourful gas-fired passenger balloons.

There are many parks. Some of them are well gardened playgrounds or resting spaces while others, like Lac Beauchamp Park, are relatively wild green areas which often merge with the woods and fields of the surrounding municipalities. Streams of all sizes run through these natural expanses. Most of the city is on level ground but the Northern and Eastern parts lie on the beginnings of the foothills of the massive Canadian Shield, or Laurentian mountains. These are the "Gatineau Hills", and are visible in the background of the companion picture. One of Gatineau's urban parks, Jacques Cartier Park, is used by the National Capital Commission during the popular festival, Winterlude.

Education

The city contains a campus of the Université du Québec, the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO).

It is also the home of two provincial junior colleges (or CEGEPs): the francophone CEGEP de l'Outaouais and the anglophone Heritage College. The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has a campus in Gatineau.

Primary education is under the supervision of the Western Quebec School Board.

Transportation

The Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport is Gatineau's municipal airport, capable of handling small jets. There are Canada customs facilities for aircraft coming from outside Canada, a car rental counter and a restaurant. Various past attempts to provide regularly scheduled flights from Gatineau's airport had been unsuccessful. Most residents of Gatineau used the nearby Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, or travel to Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal. Since September 2003 however Expresso has been operating regularly scheduled direct flights from Gatineau airport to Quebec city.

Ottawa and Gatineau have two distinct bus-based public transit systems with different fare structures, OC Transpo and the Société de transport de l'Outaouais. Tickets are not interchangeable between the two,however passes and transfers from one system to the other do not require payment of a surcharge on any routes.

Many Gatineau highways and major arteries feed directly into the bridges crossing over to Ottawa, but once there the roads land into the dense downtown grid or into residential areas, with no easy connection to the main highway in Ottawa, the East-West 417 or Queensway. This difficulty is further magnified by the lack of a major highway on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River connecting Gatineau to Montreal, the metropolis of the province; most travelers from Gatineau to Montreal first cross over to Ottawa, and use Ontario highways to access Montreal. However, it is expected that Autoroute 50's gap between Gatineau and Lachute will be completed by 2010, making a new link between Gatineau and the Laurentians popular tourist area, and may serve as part of a Montreal by-pass by the north shore for Outaouais residents.

Key roads

Gatineau City Council

The Gatineau Municipal Council (French: Le conseil municipal de Gatineau) is the city's main governing body. It is composed of 17 city councillors and a mayor.

Media

Gatineau is the city of license for several television and radio stations, although many more stations licensed to Ottawa are also available in the area. Both cities are generally considered to constitute a single media market, and all of the region's broadcast stations transmit from the Ryan Tower site at Camp Fortune just north of Gatineau. All of the stations licensed directly to Gatineau broadcast in French.

Weekly newspapers published in Gatineau include Le Bulletin d'Aylmer (Bilingual) and The West Quebec Post. Gatineau is also served by daily newspapers published in Ottawa, including the French Le Droit and the English Ottawa Citizen.

Population and demographics

Division of population by sector in the city of Gatineau.

According to the 2006 census the city of Gatineau had a population of 242,124. This was an increase of 6.8% compared to 2001. There were 104,607 private dwellings on a surface area of 342 km² and a population density of 707 persons per km². Most of the citizens of the new city live in the urban cores of Aylmer, Hull and the former Gatineau. Buckingham and Masson-Angers are more rural communities.

The Quebec portion, the Gatineau Urban Area, has a population of 212,448 and an area of 136 km². The Quebec regional portion of Gatineau Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) -- which includes the municipalities of Val-des-Monts (population 9,539), Cantley (7,928), La Pêche (7,477), Chelsea (6,703), Pontiac (5,238), L'Ange-Gardien (4,348), and Denholm (604) -- had a total population of 283,959.

The following statistics refer to the Quebec portion of the Ottawa – Gatineau CMA: Aboriginal status: ml/m/.m/peoples comprise 2.7% of the population.[6]

Languages: Counting both single and multiple responses, French was a mother tongue for 80.0% of residents in 2006, English for 13.9%, Arabic for 1.7%, Portuguese for 1.1% and Spanish for 1.0%.[7] (Figures below are for single responses only.)[8]

Mother tongue Population Percentage
French 220,970 78.5%
English 35,580 12.6%
Arabic 4,450 1.6%
Portuguese 2,845 1.1%
Spanish 2,820 1.0%
Chinese 1,205 0.4%
Serbo-Croatian 635 0.2%
Romanian 620 0.2%
German 590 0.2%
Berbers 475 0.2%
Polish 465 0.2%
Mother tongue Population Percentage
Italian 445 0.2%
Creole 380 0.1%
Russian 370 0.1%
Rundi (Kirundi) 350 0.1%
Persian 345 0.1%
Lao 290 0.1%
Bosnian 250 0.1%
Dutch 235 0.1%
Serbian 230 0.1%
Kinyarwanda 225 0.1%
Hungarian 220 0.1%


Mother tongue Population Percentage
English and French 3,345 1.2%
English and a non-official language 240 0.1%
French and a non-official language 940 0.3%
English, French and a non-official language 115 ~


Religion: About 83% of the population identified as Roman Catholic in 2001 while 7% said they had no religion and 5% identified as Protestant (1.3% Anglican, 1.3% United, 0.7% Baptist, 0.3% Lutheran, 0.2% Pentecostal, 0.2% Presbyterian). About 1% of the population identified as Muslim, 0.5% as Jehovah’s Witnesses, 0.3% as Buddhist, and 0.2% as Eastern Orthodox.[9]

Visible minorities: The 2001 census found that 4.3% of the population self-identified as having a visible minority status, including, among others, about 1.3% who self-identified as Black, about 1.0% self-identifying as Arab, 0.5% as Latin American, 0.4% as Chinese, 0.3% as Southeast Asian, 0.2% as South Asian, and about 0.1% as Filipino. (Statistics Canada terminology is used throughout.)[10]

Immigration: The area is home to more than five thousand recent immigrants (i.e. those arriving between 2001 and 2006), who now comprise about two percent of the total population. 11% of these new immigrants have come from Colombia, 10% from China, 7% from France, 6% from Lebanon, 6% from Romania, 4% from Algeria, 3% from the United States and 3% from Congo.[11]

Internal migration: Between 2001 and 2006 there was a net influx of 5,205 people (equivalent to 2% of the total 2001 population) who moved to Gatineau from outside of the Ottawa - Gatineau area. There was also a net outmigration of 630 anglophones (equivalent to 2% of the 2001 anglophone population). Overall there was a net influx of 1,100 people from Quebec City, 1,060 from Montreal, 545 from Saguenay, 315 from Toronto, 240 from Trois-Rivières, 225 from Kingston, and 180 from Sudbury.[12]

Ethnocultural ancestries: Canadians were able to self-identify one or more ethnocultural ancestries in the 2001 census. (It should be noted that percentages may therefore add up to more than 100%.) The most common response was Canadian / Canadien and since the term 'Canadian' is as much an expression of citizenship as of ethnicity these figures should not be considered an exact record of the relative prevalence of different ethnocultural ancestries. 43.1% of respondents gave a single response of Canadian / Canadien while a further 26.5% identified both Canadian / Canadien and one or more other ethnocultural ancestries. 10.4% of respondents gave a single response of French, 1.1% gave a single response of Portuguese, 1.0% gave a single response of Irish, 0.9% gave a single response of Lebanese, 0.8% gave a single response of English, 0.7% gave a single responses of Québécois and 0.7% gave a single response of North American Indian. Counting both single and multiple responses, the most commonly identified ethnocultural ancestries were:

2006 % 2001 %
Canadian / Canadien 69.6%
French 37.6%
Irish 7.6%
English 6.4%
Scottish 3.8%
North American Indian 3.4%
German 2.4%
Portuguese 1.4%
Italian 1.4%
2006 % 2001 %
Lebanese 1.2%
Métis 1.1%
Polish 0.8%
Belgian 0.6%
Spanish 0.5%
Dutch (Netherlands) 0.5%
Chinese 0.5%
Haitian 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
American (USA) 0.4%

The data to the left is also presented more geographically by Statistics Canada as: 70.7% North American, 37.8% French, 14.3% British Isles, 4.5% Aboriginal, 4.0% Southern European, 3.8% Western European, 1.9% Arab, 1.7% Eastern European, 1.0% East and Southeast Asian, 0.8% African, 0.7% Latin, Central and South American, 0.7% Caribbean and 0.5% Northern European.
(Percentages may total more than 100% due to rounding and multiple responses).

Communities

The larger communities within Gatineau are:

  • Cousineau
  • Farmers Rapids
  • Gatineau
  • Hull
  • Ironside
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Geographic location

See also

References

  1. ^ Ville de Gatineau (1933-1974) - Armoiries
  2. ^ a b "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2006 and 2001 censuses - 100% data". 2006 Canadian Census. http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/popdwell/Table.cfm?T=301&S=3&O=D. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  3. ^ MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais
  4. ^ L'Encyclopédie de L'Agora: Gatineau
  5. ^ "Contact Us." Transportation Safety Board of Canada. Retrieved on May 31, 2009.
  6. ^ "Ottawa - Gatineau (Que. part - Partie Qc)". Aboriginal Identity (8), Sex (3) and Age Groups (12) for the Population of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2006 Census - 20% Sample Data. Statistics Canada. 2008-01-15. http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/topics/RetrieveProductTable.cfm?ALEVEL=3&APATH=3&CATNO=&DETAIL=0&DIM=&DS=99&FL=0&FREE=0&GAL=0&GC=99&GK=NA&GRP=1&IPS=&METH=0&ORDER=1&PID=89122&PTYPE=88971&RL=0&S=1&ShowAll=No&StartRow=1&SUB=0&Temporal=2006&Theme=73&VID=0&VNAMEE=&VNAMEF=&GID=837989. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
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Coordinates: 45°29′N 75°39′W / 45.483°N 75.65°W / 45.483; -75.65


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Gatineau [1] is a city in the Outaouais region of Quebec, Canada, located just across the Ottawa River from Canada's capital, Ottawa.

Gatineau's landmark, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, as seen from the Ottawa side of the Ottawa River
Gatineau's landmark, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, as seen from the Ottawa side of the Ottawa River

Understand

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 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.

Get in

Gatineau is just across the river from Ottawa.

Access by air:

  • Executive Airport Gatineau-Ottawa (EGO), 1717 Arthur-Fecteau, +1 819 663-0737 (fax: +1 819-663-0793), [2]. M - F 6:00AM to 21:00PM, Sa - Su 8:00AM to 16:00PM.
  • Bike There is an extensive network of bike paths throughout the are as well as in the National parks. Enjoy the fresh air and natural beauty while exercising
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization, 100 Laurier Street, tel. +1 800 555-5621, [3]. 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 9 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. 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, [4]. Annual parade held at the end of November.
  • Les Olympiques, 125 Rue de Carillon, 819-777-0661, [5]. 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, [6]. 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), [7]. Held annually in February. A two day cross-country ski marathon from Gatineau to Lachute. Cost: $180.00 per adult.
  • Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train, 165 Deveault, +1 819 778-7246, [8]. Su, M, T, W, Th, F, Sa 10:00AM - 22:30PM Depending on excursion. A scenic steam train ride from Hull to Wakefield. Excursions offered: Scenic, Fall Foliage, Sunset Dinner & Sunday Brunch. Cost: $19.00 - $129.00.
  • MotoFest Canada, [9]. 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, [10]. 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), [11]. 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), [12]. June 23. Quebec's biggest party of the year. Events held at various locations.
  • Le Grand Rire de Gatineau (Gatineau Comedy Festival), [13]. 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, [14]. 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, [15]. 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: viny72@hotmail.com). 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, [16]. 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: info@papillesgourmandes.com). Shop specialises in regional Quebec products including pâtés and cheeses.
  • Bistro Ambrosia, 100 rue Principal, 819-682-5333, [17]. Authentic Fresh Italian food. Great wine selection. Reservation in advance recommended  edit
  • 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, [18]. 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, [19], 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, [20], 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. Its' 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, [21]. 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, [22].
  • Le Bop, 9 rue Aubry, +1 819 777-3700.
  • Auberge de La Gare, 205 boul. St-Joseph, +1 866 778-8085(fax: +1 819-595-2021)[23]. CAN $90/$150 Queen and 2 double beds.
  • Best Western Cartier, 131 rue Laurier, 819 770 8550, [24]. 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), [25]. 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), [26]. CAN $195 Single/Double.
  • Holiday Inn Plaza la Chaudière, 2 Montcalm, +1 819 778-3880 (fax: +1 819-778-3309), [27]. CAN $120/$260 Single/Double.
  • Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 111 rue Bellehumeur, +1 819 568-5252 (fax: +1 418-266-1535), [28]. CAN $89/$150 Single/Double.
  • Ramada Plaza Manoir du Casino, 75 rue Edmonton, +1 819 777-7538 (fax: +1 819-777-0277), [29]. CAN $119/$159 Single/Double.
  • Château Cartier Relais Resort, 1170 d'Aylmer, +1 819 778-0000, [30]. CAN $139/$259 Single/Double.
  • Au 55 Taché, 55 Boul. Alexandre-Taché, +1 819 772-1454 (fax: +1 819-772-1461), [31]. Bed and Breakfast. CAN $75-$85 Single, CAN $85-$95 Double.
  • Gîte Fanny et Maxime, 31 rue Lessard, +1 819 777-1960, [32]. 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), [33]. Bed and Breakfast. CAN $80/$90 Single/Double.
  • La Belle Corbeille, 23 Boul. Saint-Raymond, +1 819 777-4584 (email: djglabelle@hotmail.com). Bed and Breakfast. CAN $85/$95 Single/Double.
  • Maison Bon Repos, 37 Cedarvale, +1 819 682-1498, [34]. Bed and Breakfast. CAN $65/$75 Single/Double.
  • Aux Berges des Outaouais, 1175 Jacques-Cartier, +1 819 561-5241, [35]. Bed and Breakfast. CAN $79-$129 Single, CAN $89-$139 Double.
  • Le Philémon, 47 Dumas, +1 819 776-0769, [36]. Bed and Breakfast. CAN $90/$115 Single/Double.
  • Camping Lamoureux, 42 Ch. Neilon, L'Ange-Gardien, +1 819 986-7947, [37]. Campground.

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Stay Safe

Even though Gatineau is considered as part of the National Capital region, it does not have the very high police presence as Ottawa does. There are certain areas that should be avoided at night. The inner-city area directly north of the downtown area has a lot of grimy areas. The crime rate however is very low. Mind your own business and you probably won't have any problems.

  • 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.
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Gatineau (as of 2006 census population 242,124)[1] is a city in western Quebec, Canada. It is situated on the northern bank of the Ottawa River, immediately across from Ottawa, Ontario, and is located within Canada's National Capital Region. Ottawa and Gatineau comprise a single Census Metropolitan Area.

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