Art in the Hills
If you're an art lover, you just have to visit Les Collines de l'Outaouais. Just outside of Gatineau you'll find many galleries and exhibition centres that showcase local and international talent. By starting your visit in Chelsea, you will have no trouble understanding how the area inspired so many artists to settle around here. Let the village amaze you before heading to Cantley, on the other side of the Gatineau River, to discover even more talented artists.
Galerie Old Chelsea, located in the same building as renowned restaurant Les Fougères, sheds light on local artists, many of whom were inspired by nearby Gatineau Park. The Chelsea Arts, Culture and Heritage Centre (known as La fab by the locals) has settled in St. Stephen's Church's old presbytary and shows the work of resident artists as well as their regular showrooms. Enjoy a nice meal at fine Italian restaurant Mamma Teresa Ristorante and you'll be ready to discover more than thirty talented creators at Galerie Linart.
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Chelsea (Québec) J9B 1P1
Nestled in the woods at the edge of Gatineau Park, just 15 minutes from downtown Gatineau and Ottawa, in a beautiful open space above Les Fougères restaurant, Galerie Old Chelsea invites you to appreciate great art. Ten artists from the National Capital Region have joined forces to offer a diversified selection of work, with a special exhibition area reserved for three-week shows by featured local artists working in a wide range of styles and media.
Chelsea (Québec) J9B 1J3
La Fab Arts Centre in Chelsea is one of the Outaouais’ hidden treasures. Located in the former Saint-Stephen’s Church rectory, it houses an art gallery, a boutique and nine artist studios that are open to visitors. In addition to showcasing works by local artists, this magnificent heritage building offers various spaces to rent for meetings and cultural activities.
Chelsea (Québec) J9B 1J3
From the hills of Parma, in northern Italy, to the dining tables of Mamma Teresa’s in Chelsea, the Boselli family brought the best of traditional Italian cuisine. A classic Italian dining experience. Buon appetito!
Cantley (Québec) J8V 3H4
A collective of two dozen artists and artisans living in and around the village of Cantley. They organize several events during the year, including an autumn studio tour where you can visit the artists in their studios and discover all kinds of creative treasures, and a Christmas market where you’ll find unique and original gifts. As well, they present lectures and workshops for artists/artisans and the general public.