From east to west, the city of Gatineau comprises several sectors—and several waterways! From Buckingham to Aylmer by way of Hull Island, Quebec’s fourth largest city has a rich and interesting past. This route includes a former prosperous industrial area, a river junction that was a stopping place for First Nations traders, a brewery on the shore of a creek, and historic Old Aylmer with its beautiful, well-maintained heritage buildings. Start your journey in Buckingham, a town rich in cultural heritage.

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Points of interest

379 Buckingham Ave.
Gatineau (Québec) J8L 2G6

Set back 300 metres from the Lièvre River, the museum houses a permanent exhibition that traces the history of Buckingham since 1824. This former industrial hub (lumber, mining, chemical processing) has preserved a 1-km section of a log chute, now part of a pedestrian walkway and bike trail that spans the river.

30 km
The pathway along the Ottawa River leads to Place Abinan, at the intersection of Saint-Antoine and Jacques-Cartier streets. Archaeological excavations at the site uncovered thousands of artifacts dating back 3,600 to 7,000 years. The name Abinan means “people were here” in Anishinabe, an Algonquin language.
Jacques-Cartier St.
Gatineau (Québec)

A 3.2-km stretch of Jacques-Cartier Street has been transformed into a waterfront recreational pathway along the Ottawa and Gatineau Rivers. The three-part improvement project highlights the area’s historical, recreational and natural features. At the corner of Saint-Antoine and Jacques-Cartier Streets, discover Albinan Place, a public space dedicated to Indigenous history.

2 km
At Leamy Lake Park, you’ll find a public beach, picnic tables and BBQ pits. Nearby, a canoe and kayak rental outlet.
Fournier Blvd.
Gatineau (Québec)

Bounded by Leamy Lake and the Gatineau and Ottawa rivers, Leamy Lake Park is the largest urban park in the National Capital Region. It has a supervised beach, two volleyball courts, a playground, a picnic area and concessions. Pathways lead to archaeological sites dating back 5,000 years. The northern section of the park is an exceptional site for birdwatching. Leamy Lake Park is managed and protected by the National Capital Commission.

10 km
Marvel at the power of water at the Rapides-Farmer Generating Station, a century-old river-run hydro generating station. Admission is free!
2740 St-Louis St.
Gatineau (Québec) J8V 3X6

In summer, discover the heritage of the Rapides-Farmer power station, located a few kilometres from downtown Gatineau and in operation since 1927. You’ll be fascinated by the history, the hydroelectric facilities and the enchanting setting of this river-run power station. Free admission. IMPORTANT NOTE: Visitors age 18 and over must present official photo ID to tour the facility. Not recommended for children under 2. Flat, closed shoes are mandatory. Space is limited; reservations are required.

11 km
Jacques Cartier Park offers some of the finest views of the Ottawa River. A favourite resting spot for thousands of years, it’s the site of the oldest house in Gatineau, Charron House, built by the founder of the city of Hull, Philemon Wright.
Laurier St.
Gatineau (Québec)

As one of the Capital’s main event parks, Jacques-Cartier Park hosts national festivities such as Canada Day and Winterlude. It’s also home to the Maison du vélo and the Hull Marina. It borders the Ottawa River and offers spectacular views of the Ottawa skyline. Located across from the Maison du tourisme (tourist information office) and the Canadian Museum of History, it’s the ideal departure point for a downtown excursion. Jacques-Cartier Park is managed and protected by the National Capital Commission.

0.8 km
The Canadian Museum of History was designed by architect Douglas Cardinal, who was inspired by the power of the elements, the wind, and the movement of water shaping stone. Discover the new Canadian History Hall, also designed by Mr. Cardinal.
100 Laurier St.
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. Visit the Canadian History Hall, the new signature exhibition. Through authentic artifacts and fascinating stories, visitors come face to face with the events, movements and personalities that have shaped this country. Tour our many special exhibitions, be a kid again at the Children’s Museum and live the ultimate cinema experience at the CINE+.

1.4 km
On the bank of Brewery Creek, a former stone water tower now houses a microbrewery and a brewing heritage museum. Learn all about the history of beer while enjoying a cold one!
170 Montcalm St.
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 2M2

Learn about the history of beer and its importance for the region at the brewery and beer museum at Les Brasseurs du Temps. Hull’s brewing tradition is closely linked to the region’s social and economic history. Though Brewery Creek, which runs through the heart of the Old Hull sector, is a prominent landmark, few people know how it got its name.

13.4 km
Built in 1831 by Charles Symmes, the founder of Aylmer, this inn was once the most important stopover in the Outaouais. After touring the museum, take a stroll along historic Principale Street in Old Aylmer.
1 Front St.
Gatineau (Québec) J9H 4W8

Built in 1831 by Charles Symmes, the founder of Aylmer, this heritage building in the heart of Old Aylmer’s heritage district is a classified historic monument and a designated National Historic Site of Canada. It houses the Symmes Inn Museum and its permanent exhibition, Symmes Inn: Windows onto the Ottawa River, which recounts (through historical figures) the various functions of this important location over the centuries: the river as a landing place, a busy waterway, a hive of industrial activity, a passage for steamboats, and a leisure attraction.

0.6 km
Finish your trip at the British Hotel. For more than 180 years, the majestic stone walls of the historic building have hosted weddings, banquets, and even a royal visit.
71 Principale St.
Gatineau (Québec) J9H 3L6

Painstakingly restored and renovated, our hotel rooms offer modern comforts within the unique charm of a 19th­century heritage building. Our two executive suites are 1,500 square feet with separate sleeping and sitting areas. We also have one junior suite (850 sq. ft.) and seven open­concept deluxe rooms overlooking the Ottawa River. All rooms are accessible by elevator from the main lobby.