Fine arts, fine wine

You're into all things cultural, it shows! You chose the region because of the 8 national museums, the showrooms and galleries, and all the great restaurants, didn't you? Good call! Start the day by exploring the largest collection of Canadian art in the world, followed by a good meal in Canada's most visited museum, the discovery of a little gem of a gallery, and top it all off at one of the world's best sommelier's own wine bar! It's good for your legs, your brain, and your taste buds!

Located on Confederation Boulevard, the National Gallery of Canada (whose glass dome was built to echo the Library of Parliament, just across the Rideau Canal) is a must for all arts and culture enthusiasts. Gatineau being just a few minutes by foot or by car, you'll have no trouble reaching Bistro Boréal (inside the Canadian Museum of History), Galerie Montcalm, and finally, Soif - Bar à vin, property of Véronique Rivest, one of the world's most acclaimed sommeliers.

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Points of interest

National Gallery of Canada
380, promenade Sussex
Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 9N4

Experience the best visual art in the country at this top attraction in the heart of Canada’s capital. In June 2017, the National Gallery of Canada celebrates our country’s 150th anniversary with Canada’s Masterpieces: “Our Masterpieces. Our Stories” The largest display of Canadian art in the world will be unveiled, with over 1,000 artworks and 5 exhibitions under one roof. Inuit and Aboriginal art will be included in the chronological presentation, telling the full story of art in Canada. Special exhibitions include Alex Janvier, Canadian Photography, and the Canadian Biennial. Be here in 2017 to see the masterpieces of our national collection, shop our newly renovated Boutique, and dine in our restaurant with spectacular views of the Canadian Parliament buildings and the river below.

1,5 km
When you exit the Gallery, take the time to go see the statue of Samuel de Champlain holding his astrolabe (upside down!). Before heading to Bistro Boréal, stop at the Maison du tourisme (just at the exit of the bridge) and ask about the free parking passes for visitons.
Bistro Boreal
100, rue Laurier
Gatineau (Québec) K1A 0M8

Bistro Boréal offers a tasty and affordable menu, an amazing decor and ambiance inspired by the northern lights, and courteous, attentive service. Menu inspired by a selection of classic Canadian ingredients and products.

130 m
As you leave the Bistro, take the time to observe the Canadian Museum of History. It is the work of Metis architect Douglas Cardinal and was designed without right angles, because spirits get stuck in them, in his culture. Galerie Montcalm, where you can see high level exhibitions from local and international artists for free, is right across the street, in the Maison du citoyen.
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.

1,3 km
As you follow Hôtel-de-ville Street, you will see Aubry place on your left, between du Portage and Laval Streets. It's a good place to enjoy a drink in the evening! At the end of the street, walk through Ste-Bernadette Park and follow the street with the same name. Soif - Bar à vin will be on your right when you get to Montcalm Street. Cheers!
Soif - Bar à vin
88, rue Montcalm
Gatineau (Québec) J2X 2L7

Worldly renowned sommelier Véronique Rivest invites you to her wine bar in Old Hull. On the menu: many discoveries from bubbly to wine!