Historic sites

Located at the confluence of three rivers (the Ottawa, the Gatineau and the Rideau), the Outaouais region has always been an important site for meetings and exchanges. Our history is fascinating! But don’t take our word for it: learn more by visiting our many historic sites. Stroll through historic Aylmer, which boasts the region’s highest concentration of heritage buildings and stately ancestral homes. Visit the Symmes Inn Museum, Gatineau’s museum of regional history, to learn about First Nations peoples in Outaouais, explorers, fur traders, the timber industry, and the age of the steamboats. Are you interested in the lives of the rich and famous … of yesteryear? Manoir Papineau (the grand estate of Louis-Joseph Papineau, a leading figure in 19th-century Canadian politics) is a page straight out of history. Take a guided tour of Rideau Hall, the official residence and workplace of Canada’s governors general since 1867. The beautiful grounds are home to many trees planted by Canadian and international dignitaries—see if you can find a few! Enjoy a cup of tea at the Mackenzie King Estate, a charming 231-hectare property. It was the summer retreat of Canada’s 10th prime minister, who was known to commune with ghosts. Who knows? Maybe you’ll see one!

​years of human presence in the Outaouais region
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