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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Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 9N4
See Canada’s visual arts treasures within the lively Ottawa ByWard Market. Discover the remarkable stories that have shaped this country in the completely reinvented Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Love photography? Don’t miss the Gallery’s new Canadian Photography Institute. If the great masters are more your style, the Gallery is your destination for the country’s finest collection of European art. In addition to the permanent collection, special exhibitions in 2019 include Gauguin: Portraits and the Indigenous Quinquennial. Come celebrate creativity at one of Canada’s most impressive landmarks.
Gatineau (Québec) K1A 0M8
Bistro Boréal offers tasty and affordable fare, an amazing decor and ambiance inspired by the northern lights, and courteous, attentive service. The menu features a selection of classic Canadian ingredients and products.
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 4C8
Established in 1980, Galerie Montcalm presents seven exhibitions per year showcasing the work of local, Canadian and international artists working in various visual arts disciplines. Recognized as a museum institution, Galerie Montcalm also presents educational displays of objects and artifacts related to art.
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 2L7
World-renowned sommelier Véronique Rivest invites you to her wine bar in Old Hull. SOIF is a true wine bar, offering authentic wines and small plates in a laid-back atmosphere. A new wine list to discover and explore every week.