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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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380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 9N4
Canada

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.

15 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.
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100 Laurier Street
Gatineau (Québec) K1A 0M8
Canada

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.

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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.
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25 Laurier Street, 1st floor
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 4C8
Canada

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.

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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!
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88 Montcalm Street
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 2L7
Canada

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. SOIF Bar à vin is delighted to present the 2nd edition of its annual wine show, the Salon des Assoiffés, July 20th 2019 from 1:30 pm to 6 pm. Come join us for an afternoon of tasting, discovery, learning, and fun at the beautiful Museum of Canadian History.