Feast for the senses in Gatineau

Gatineau is well-known as a cultural city. It has the most visited museum in Canada, high level galleries featuring local and international artists, award-winning show halls, and restaurants that showcase local talent on their walls. Add all the events and festivals throughout the year and art and culture enthusiasts will be on cloud 9!

Start by going back through time at the Canadian Museum of History and discover how this great country came to be in a stunning building. Cross the street and discover this little gem of a gallery that is Galerie Montcalm. When you enjoy your dinner at Café Cognac, look at the walls and see how the works of local artists create a cozy, warm atomsphere. Your senses will be wide awake as your show starts at Salle Odyssée.

culture-filled day

Points of interest

Canadian Museum of History
100, rue Laurier
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 +.

160 m
From the Museum, cross the street to Maison du citoyen. As you go through the agora to reach Galerie Montcalm, look around you. You will see works of art from the City of Gatineau's impressive art collection.
Galerie Montcalm
25, rue Laurier, 1er étage
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 4C8

Established in 1980, Galerie Montcalm presents seven exhibits per year showcasing most of the visual arts disciplines. These exhibits display the work of local, Canadian and international artists. Recognized as a museum institution, Galerie Montcalm also presents educational exhibits displaying objects and artefacts related to art.

2,4 km
As you drive on Montcalm Street towards Café Cognac, there will be many places to stop along the way. In the summer, the shores of Brewery Creek come alive! On Hanson Street, be sure to explore La filature, a contemporary art centre.
Café Cognac
230, rue Montcalm
Gatineau (Québec) J8Y 3C1

Bistro-style cuisine with full daily breakfast menu, and lunch and dinner table d’hôte. Thursday-night special: all-you-can-eat mussels and fries!

8,3 km
Salle Odyssée is in Maison de la culture, which literally means "culture house". In it is a library, the regional archives and an exhibition space, Centre d'exposition Art-image.
Salle Odyssée
855, boul. de la Gappe
Gatineau (Québec) J8T 8H9

From plays, variety shows and headlining stand-up comics to folk, jazz and classical concerts, the Salle Odyssée of the Maison de la culture de Gatineau is a key venue for leading artists from Quebec and beyond. Recognized across the province for its high-quality infrastructure and welcoming ambiance, the Salle Odyssée presents a diverse year-round program that appeals to all ages and tastes.