Head west for culture

Published on January 4 2018 - Updated on January 18 2019

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!

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.

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.


Myriam Baril-Tessier
Myriam Baril-Tessier

Aubergiste's Vegetarian plate is delectable

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. Once night has fallen, stay for another show: the Feux sur glace Kuma fireworks. On January 26th, as soon as 5 pm, we are inviting you to celebrate winter in a great way: toasted marshmallows, smores, bonfire, tapas and outdoor bars, and last but not least, a fantastic firework show. There are two packages on sale to embrace the full experience.

If you prefer heat, you can attend to another show, indoors this time, at Cabaret La Basoche, a warm and intimate performance space located in the Old Aylmer Cultural Centre.


One of the 64 beers on tap at the Bistro l'Autre Oeil

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 64 on tap!

Café British
Café British

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!

What is your favorite place in Old Aylmer? We want to know!

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