From city to country, Gatineau has it all

Published on August 3 2023

Sometimes planning a getaway involves making compromises. Its impossible to do everything you want to in just a few days—unless you plan to stay in Gatineau, that is! Combine comfort, accessibility and city bustle with nature, the great outdoors and sports activities, all in one visit.

Do you love hiking in the heart of the forest, but wilderness camping isnt your thing? Dont worry, Gatineau offers the best of both worlds: days in the great outdoors and nights in the city! If you appreciate the comfort of a cozy bed, the smell of hot coffee, and the prospect of waking up dry and not surrounded by wild animals, youll love Gatineaus closeness to nature.

Sleep soundly

Phase I of your stay in Gatineau: finding accommodation!

With modern rooms, complimentary breakfast and a downtown location, the Comfort Inn Gatineau is a solid choice for your next adventure in the city. Thehotel promises you a warm welcome and attractive amenities, such as free Wi-Fi, late checkout, and authorized access for your four-legged friends. Take advantage of the hotels summer promotion, which runs until September30, 2023 and offers a 15% discount on bookings of two nights or more. Agreat reason to stay longer! Stay close to the citys many attractions and outdoor activities, including Gatineau Park, and enjoy a restful nights sleep so youll be all set for your adventures the next day. 

Located on Gréber Boulevard, MotelAdam is the perfect rest stop for cyclists. This Bienvenue Cyclistes! (Welcome Cyclists!) certified accommodation has modern, well-equipped rooms and a heated outdoor pool thats ideal for warming up with a few lengths! Thanks to the extensive network of cycle paths near the hotel, you can hop on your bike as soon as you arrive and set off to explore the city and the surrounding countryside. Several cycle routes lead into the heart of nature. Back in your room, check out the restaurants and attractions just a few minutes away. 

Get active in Gatineau

Once youre all rested up, its time to enjoy your favourite outdoor activities in Gatineau!

Gatineau Park needs no introduction, and it definitely deserves the lavish praise it gets. A veritable oasis of lush green landscapes, the park is 361km² of hills, forests and lakes. Theres enough to keep you entertained for days! Cycling, hiking, water sports, swimmingthe possibilities are almost endless, and so are the hours of fun! New this summer: the Gatineau Park shuttle. Discover the parks popular attractions the easy way by boarding the free shuttle, which runs every summer weekend until August27, 2023. Its the perfect opportunity to see the park from a different perspective and take the time to admire the unique flora and fauna surroundings, all without leaving the city. 

Did you know that in 2021, Gatineau was ranked first among Canadas top cycling cities? Proud of this title, Gatineau encourages its residents and visitors to take advantage of the many facilities (such as Bicibornes, bike repair stations equipped with tools and an air pump) that make this sport so enjoyable and accessible. With nearly 300km of recreational trails and reserved areas, its easy to get around Gatineau by bike and connect to the National Capital Commissions network. Go from downtown to large green spaces in a few pedal strokes, and find bike trails that suit your ability. The extensive trail network truly has something for everyone, from cyclists with calves of steel to families on a leisurely recreational ride. From the heart of the city to nature and rivers, youll travel through a variety of environments that will make you appreciate Gatineau in a whole new way. 

Have a bite to eat in urban mode

After all that fresh air, its time to investigate Gatineaus culinary offering!

Looking for a lounge atmosphere and a sophisticated gourmet menu? LeCellier is just the place. Known for its mouth-watering tartares, this OldHull restaurant will also wow you with its oysters, wine list and sophisticated dishes made from the finest ingredients. Meat, pasta, risottoeverything is delicious. Enjoy the cozy atmosphere indoors or the relaxed summer vibe on the outdoor terraces. 

Feeling festive? Head for Bistro La Gargouille! With its friendly atmosphere, creative cocktails, and a tapas menu perfect for sharing, there’s something for everyone. Enjoy live music as you munch on tacos, nachos, tartares and more. Both the bar and the kitchen feature local food products, so you can discover the flavours of the region. More than just a meal, Bistro La Gargouille promises you an experience where good food goes hand in hand with good wine, good beer, good cocktails and, above all, good company!  


When it comes to city living and outdoor activities, Gatineau offers you a world of possibilities. Combine all your interests without wasting precious time travelling. While you’re visiting the city’s parks, why not pack a basket of local products and have an outdoor picnic? 

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