Good food, and skating

The great thing about the downtown areas in Gatineau and Ottawa is proximity, meaning you won't need your car much. In less than 7 km, you will go from Gatineau Park to Old Hull for a good meal (and discover good addresses on Eddy and Laval Streets). You can even cross to Ottawa by foot, if you feel like it! There too, everything will be close and you'll be free to stroll around downtown, on foot or states!

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Points of interest

397 De la Cité-des-jeunes Blvd.
Gatineau (Québec) J8Z 3P3

Attention, fans of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking! Did you know that the Relais plein air is open daily until mid-April? Conveniently located at the P2 parking lot in Gatineau Park, it’s the perfect place to start your excursion, grab a bite to eat or take a break. You can also rent snowshoes and pick up a trail map.

7 km
After skiing (or snowshoeing), a good lunch is required. Go to Vieux-Hull.
59 Laval St.
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 3H1

The simple but appealing menu features tapas, grilled dishes, sandwiches, soups and salads, all prepared with fresh quality products, manyof them local. The bistro serves a selection of local microbrewery beers as well as wine and spirits.

0.7 km
Go and relax at the hotel! An interior salt water pool, and relaxation is yours.
35 Laurier St.
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 4E9

Located in downtown Gatineau, across the street from the Canadian Museum of History and within easy walking distance of the ByWard Market and the National Gallery of Canada, the hotel offers 201 spacious rooms including 7 suites all featuring our signature "Four Comfort" beds. Bottled water and high-speed Internet access are free in all guestrooms. Services on site: restaurant and lounge, room service, indoor swimming pool, fitness room and conference centre.

4 km
Head back to Ottawa and go to the Canadian Museum of Nature. Did you know that the Victoria building housing it once served as Parliament when the real one burned down in 1916? When you go from one floor to the other, take the stairs in the Queens' Lantern, all made of glass. The view is worth it!
240 McLeod St.
Ottawa (Ontario) K2P 2R1

Canada is all about nature. The beautiful vistas and wildlife you expect to see are all on display at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Just minutes from Parliament Hill, the Museum’s permanent collection includes dioramas of iconic Canadian mammals in their natural habitats, Canada’s original collection of dinosaur fossils, an enormous blue whale skeleton, and much more. 3D movies, special exhibitions and guided tours are also available.

1 km
From here, you're within walking distance from the Rideau Canal, where you can rent skates if you need to. Don't worry, there are many rest areas along the Canal where you can enjoy a legendary Beavertail!

Ottawa (Ontario)

Come skate on the world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink, winding through the nation’s capital. The interactive map provides information on ice conditions, parking, various entrances and heated change rooms. Don’t forget to take a selfie at some point along the Skateway’s 7.8 kilometres! The Rideau Canal Skateway is managed and maintained by the National Capital Commission.