The Downtown Gatineau Culture Trail

The red line of the Culture Trail runs along streets in the downtown core, inviting you to discover the attractions along its route. Ranging from the impressive to the improbable, together they animate a vibrant, dynamic and welcoming district. The tour showcases unique artistic and cultural experiences that reflect a pride and local colour found nowhere else. Along the way, take time to stop and admire the 30-odd works of urban and mural art that punctuate the trail. About 3 kilometres long, the trail winds through Old Hull, highlighting the neighbourhood’s public art and culture.

attractions of the Trail

Points of interest

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+.

0.2 km
Now that you’ve filled your brain with historical facts and stories, it’s time to feast your eyes on works by local artists. Keep going on Laurier Street to get to Galerie Montcalm!
25 Laurier St., 1st floor
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 4C8

Established in 1980, Galerie Montcalm presents six 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.

0.5 km
Feeling peckish after these rewarding visits? Take the pedestrian crossing to Hôtel-de-Ville Street and follow it to Place Aubry, your next stop. From a café-bistro to a microbrewery and fine restaurants, you’re sure to find the perfect dish to satisfy your appetite ... while admiring the laneway decorated with pinwheels!
3 Kent St.
Gatineau (Québec)

Located in the heart of Old Hull, this magnificent pedestrian street lined with restaurants, bars and cafés boasts several heritage buildings. Among them is Aubry House, a historic monument built in the Queen Anne style.

0.8 km
After a good meal, follow the red line to Wellington Street, which will take you to your next stop, Théâtre de l’Île. Nestled between gardens and a creek, the century-old building has a charm that’s worth seeing—as is its entertaining program of live theatre!
1 Wellington St.
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 2H3

Built in 1886, this former water tower on a beautiful site is now home to the Théâtre de l’Île. The first municipal theatre in Quebec, it offers an appealing blend of community and professional theatre ranging from the classics to contemporary plays.

0.1 km
Visit the Culture Trail website for information about other attractions and complete programming. Note that guided and self-guided tours will be available throughout the summer, and the “GO centre-ville” app is now available from the App Store and Google Play to help you explore the city centre on your own.

Gatineau (Québec)

Inspired by Boston’s legendary Freedom Trail and marked by a painted red line, the 3-km Culture Trail invites pedestrians to discover or rediscover downtown Gatineau. This urban walking tour links urban art, points of interest, exhibition spaces, entertainment venues and some great restaurants. This summer, follow the red line!