Moving to Gatineau, Quebec (Moving from Gatineau, Quebec)

Gatineau is located west of Ottawa, along the scenic Ottawa River in the Province of Quebec. The area has a population of over 240,000 citizens and was settled about 150 year ago. The city is renowned for several important tourist attractions.


Marie-Louise Deruaz – Canadian Museum of Civilization
Marie-Louise Deruaz
Canadian Museum of Civilization

The Canadian Museum of Civilization explores Canada's 20,000 years of human history. The museum is Canada's most popular and most visited museum. It boasts four permanent galleries. In addition, they offer an ever-changing variety of exhibits exploring other cultures, past and present as well as Canadian themes.

Harry Foster – Canadian Museum of Civilization
Harry Foster
Canadian Museum of Civilization

The museum is located in a stunning setting with along the Ottawa River and is an important research institution as well. The architecture of the museum adds to its appeal.

Gatineau is also home to Gatineau Park – a 363 square kilometre park within 10 minutes of downtown Ottawa.

National Capital Commission – Gatineau Park
National Capital Commission
Gatineau Park

Located in the National Capital Region, the park offers a wide-variety of activities including hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, swimming, and camping. There is a visitor centre to provide information about the park. It is the only federal park that does not belong to Parks Canada but rather is managed by the NCC (a crown corporation created to be the steward of federal lands in the National Capital Region with a mission to build the region into a source of unity and pride for all Canadians).

Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light
Casino du Lac-Leamy
Sound of Light

Gatineau also offers some fun for gamblers, with the Casino du Lac Leamy, the the largest establishment for gambling in the region. The Casino boasts a 1000 seat theatre for shows and sits overlooking enchanting Lac de la Carriere. The Casino is celebrating its 15th anniversary. It is opened 24 hours a day and is one of Gatineau's top attractions. The Casino features a five-star hotel, fine cuisine, a relaxing spa and outdoor terraces.

For beer lovers, the Brasseurs du Temps microbrewery, located in a charming spot overlooking Brewery Creek, is a microbrewery serving up an intriguing range of locally-crafted beers. The brewery offers modern beers, with exotic flavours as well as traditional brews using time-tested brewing traditions. Their on-site restaurant uses fresh ingredients as the key to serving a delicious meal. The Brewing Heritage Museaum tells the history of beer in the Outaouais region, which began in 1821 when the founder of Hull county, Mr. Philemeon Wright, established the first brewery on the shores of what would become the Ruisseau de la Brasserie (Brewery creek).

The Hull Chelsea Wakefield (H.C.W.) Steam Train is Canada's last authentic operating steam-powered train. The train was originally built in 1907 – and is the country's oldest excursion locomotive. The train offers several excursions, such as a sunset dinner, fall foliage tour, Sunday brunch and scenic excursion through the Gatineau Hills.

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
Gatineau Hot Air Balloon

Each year, Gatineau hosts the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival, one of the most popular events in Eastern Canada and one of the largest hot air balloon festivals in the world. The event is held over labor day weekend and will feature over 300 live shows and an expected 200,000 visitors. The balloons fly over the National Capital Region, showcasing both regular and specially shaped balloons. Activities include a strong man competition, amusement rides and fireworks.