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.

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Points of interest

379 Buckingham Avenue
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.

21 km
For a one-of-a-kind experience, how about an airboat tour of a bayou? With Marco, your guide, discover the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem.
1234 Notre-Dame Street (Parc des Pêcheurs)
Gatineau (Québec)

The experience of a lifetime! You will find yourself immersed in the great “northern bayous”, where the splendor and diversity of the flora and fauna native to these wetlands await. The authentic fully guided airboat tour provides access to remote areas, where guests will be able to closely observe many diverse species of mammals, birds, turtles and aquatic life. If you are looking for an unforgettable experience to share with friends and family, the only one of its kind in Canada, you’ve found it here! Adventure awaits!

12 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 Street
Gatineau (Québec)

A 3.2-km stretch of Jacques-Cartier Street has been transformed into a waterfront recreational pathway with scenic viewpoints that offer exceptional views of 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 Aboriginal 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.
100 Atawe Street
Gatineau (Québec)

It occupies 174 hectares on Fournier Boulevard in the Hull sector, and is accessible by the Leamy Lake Pathway. Leamy Lake Park contains important archaeological sites, revealing that people occupied this area as early as 5,000 to 6,000 years ago. Surrounded by Leamy Lake, and the Gatineau and Ottawa rivers, the park is an excellent spot for outdoor sports and recreational activities. The park has a supervised beach for swimming, two volleyball courts, a playground for children, a picnic area and concessions. Site opens early May and closes mid-October.

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 Street
Gatineau (Québec) J8V 3X6

Discover the heritage of the Rapides-Farmer power station, located a few kilometres from downtown Gatineau. You will be fascinated by the history, the hydroelectric facilities and the enchanting setting of this river-run power station, which has been in operation since 1927. Free Admission. IMPORTANT NOTE: Visitors aged 18 years and over must present official photo ID (medicare card, driver’s licence or passport) to tour the facility. The visit is not recommended for children under 2 years old. Limited space; reservations required. From May 20 to June 23, 2019, from Monday to Friday 9:30 AM, 11:15 AM, 1:00 PM & 2:45 PM. From June 24 to August 25, 2019, from Wednesday to Sunday 9:30 AM, 11:15 AM, 1:00 PM & 2:45 PM.

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 Street
Gatineau (Québec)

As one of the Capital’s main event parks, it hosts national festivities such as Canada Day and Winterlude. This park is also great for cycling: from here, you can take the recreational pathway to the Capital’s downtown core, seek out nature at Leamy Lake or explore Gatineau Park — and beyond. In the park, you will find the Hull Marina, which has a public dock for sightseeing and watching the cruise boats.

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. Opening July 1 is the new Canadian History Hall, also designed by Mr. Cardinal.
100 Laurier Street
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, our new signature exhibition, where evidence of the past tells a tale as vast and varied as the land itself. 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 Street
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 2M2

Learn about the history of beer and its importance for the region when you visit the brewery and the 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 well known, few are familiar with the origin of 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 Street
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. Don't miss the Queen's Park Ticket Office that has been restored in 2017 and installed on the Museum grounds.