Head west for culture

Published on January 4 2018

If you’re stopping over in Gatineau and interested in discovering a part of town with a high concentration of culture, follow the setting sun!

Is it a castle? Not quite, but almost! Overlooking the Ottawa River and surrounded by a rolling golf course, the DoubleTree by Hilton Gatineau-Ottawa has a castle-like look, with its elegant grey-green dormers. The hotel feels miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city, yet it’s only 10 minutes west of downtown Ottawa. Our suggested route takes you farther west, to historic Old Aylmer.


Principale Street in Old Aylmer has charm to spare. This section of Chemin Aylmer invites you to get out of your car and explore on foot. With its red-brick heritage homes, stately Anglican church with beautiful stained‑glass windows, unique artisan boutiques, and many appealing restaurants, it’s a great area for a leisurely stroll. Favourite eating spots include L’Aubergiste and Antonyme, the latter ranked by Outaouais residents as one of the 10 most popular restaurants in the region.

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If you’re looking for food for the soul, visit L’Imagier and Espace 33 galleries, also on Principale, to admire the art on display.

At sunset, make your way to the western end of the street for a truly spectacular show as the sun’s rays bathe the Ottawa River, the Aylmer Marina and Des Cèdres Park in golden light. Later in the evening you can attend another show, indoors this time, at Cabaret La Basoche, a warm and intimate performance space located in the Old Aylmer Cultural Centre.

After the show, grab a nightcap at Bistro l’Autre Œil, a favourite haunt of local beer lovers. Choose among more than 570 beers, including 44 on tap!

Another popular spot with a lot of character is The British. You can’t miss the enormous sign with a picture of an anchor that marks this heritage building, nearly two centuries old and recently completely restored. Within its stone walls are a restaurant, a hotel and a café—consider coming back tomorrow to enjoy a top-notch espresso!

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