Cultural, natural, and gourmet Gatineau
Gatineau has a lot to offer. Whether you're into cultural visits, enjoying the fresh air in wide open spaces, or spending a night on the town, you'll find what you're looking for. In the same day, you'll be able to visit an electric generating station, have a picnic in a great park by a lake, visit a world class museum and end it all on a very inviting patio. You'll have to come back for the rest!
The Rapides-Farmer Generating Station, located in the north of the city, offers free visits of its installations. Just a few minutes by car and you'll be in Lac Leamy Park, devouring a fine meal you will previously have bought at La Trappe à fromage. A stay in Gatineau without going to the Canadian Museum of History (the most visited museum in Canada), would be unthinkable and from there, you'll be a stone's throw away from Café Aux 4 jeudis, to end the day with style.
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Gatineau (Québec) J8V 3X6
In summer, discover the heritage of the Rapides-Farmer power station, located a few kilometres from downtown Gatineau and in operation since 1927. You’ll be fascinated by the history, the hydroelectric facilities and the enchanting setting of this river-run power station. Free admission. IMPORTANT NOTE: Visitors age 18 and over must present official photo ID to tour the facility. Not recommended for children under 2. Flat, closed shoes are mandatory. Space is limited; reservations are required.
Gatineau (Québec) J8T 8N6
La Trappe à fromage specializes in artisanal cheese making, ranging from its famous fresh-daily cheese curds to house cheddars and specialty cheeses such as L'Attrappe-Cœur, house “Brie,” and La Belle Humeur raclette cheese. The shop sells a wide array of local and regional products, and over 350 of the world's finest cheeses. Also on site are microbrewery beers, a fresh bakery, and a fine foods and deli section. Take home a delicious meal prepared by Chef Patrick Lehoux. Free product tastings. Come see how cheese is made!
Located next to the Casino du Lac-Leamy, this magnificent park allows you to enjoy lots of different activities, including swimming. Canoe, kayak, cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals available. Guaranteed fun for the whole family!
Gatineau (Québec) K1A 0M8
Breathtaking setting. Majestic architecture. Fascinating exhibitions. Welcome to Canada’s national museum of history, exploring this country’s rich cultural heritage, including the outstanding achievements of First Peoples. Visit the Canadian History Hall, the new signature exhibition. Through authentic artifacts and fascinating stories, visitors come face to face with the events, movements and personalities that have shaped this country. Tour our many special exhibitions, be a kid again at the Children’s Museum and live the ultimate cinema experience at the CINE+.
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 3G7
In addition to being a popular happy-hour meeting place for people working in the city centre and a trendy evening destination, Aux 4 Jeudis has played a significant role on the local cultural scene for more than 40 years. It doubles not only as an exhibition space for local artists, but as a summer movie terrace on Monday nights. As well, it presents outdoor shows during happy hour on Wednesdays and Fridays. From mid-May to the end of August, Aux 4 Jeudis offers you a fresh food menu that you can enjoy on the most beautiful patio in downtown Gatineau.