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
Discover the heritage of the Rapides-Farmer power station, located a few kilometres from downtown Gatineau. You will be fascinated by the history, the hydroelectric facilities and the enchanting setting of this river-run power station, which has been in operation since 1927. Admission: Free. IMPORTANT NOTE: Visitors age 18 and over must present photo ID (health insurance card, driver's licence or passport) before touring the facility. The visit is not recommended for children under 2 years of age. Limited space; reservations required From May 22 to June 23, 2017, From Monday to Friday 9:30 AM, 11:15 AM, 1:00 PM & 2:45 PM. From June 24 juin to August 27, 2017, from Wednesday to Sunday 9:30 AM, 11:15 AM, 1:00 PM & 2:45 PM.
Gatineau (Québec) J8T 8N6
La Trappe à fromage specializes in artisanal cheese making. From its famous fresh-daily cheese curds to house cheddars and over 350 of the world's finest cheeses, the shop offers a wide array of local, regional and international products. Free samples available! Also on site are microbrewery beers, a fresh bakery, and a fine foods and deli section. Take home one of our chef's delicious fresh-prepared meals. 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 and offers canoes, kayaks, cross-country skis, snowshoes and ice skates rentals. 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. Starting July 1, 2017, visit the Canadian History Hall, our new signature exhibition, where evidence of the past tells a tale as vast and varied as the land itself. Occupying more than 40,000 square feet, the Hall traces Canada’s history from the dawn of human habitation to the present day. Tour our many special international 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 very popular meeting place during happy hour for people working in the centre of the city and a trendy place to be in the evening, 4 Jeudis has played a significant role on the local cultural scene for nearly 40 years. It serves not only as an exhibition hall for artists in the region, but in the summer as a movie-terrace on Monday nights. As well, it presents open air shows during happy hour on Wednesdays and Fridays. From mid-May to the end of August, 4 Jeudis offers you a fresh-food menu that you can enjoy on the most beautiful of patios in the centre of town.