Gatineau Activities

TripWhat's travel guide to Gatineau; our list of the best attractions, including The National Arts Centre, The Fringe Festival and The Tulip Festival.
  • The best activities in Gatineau: The National Arts Centre

    The National Arts Centre

    Canada's NAC is the only multidisciplinary, bilingual performing arts centre in North America, and one of the largest in the world.Le CNA est le seul centre des arts de la scène à la fois multidisciplinaire et bilingue en Amérique du Nord.
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  • The Fringe Festival

    The Fringe Festival

    another summer offering
    June 20-30, 2013 Ottawa's largest theatre festival Line-up at
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  • The Tulip Festival

    The Tulip Festival

    a spring bonanza of flowering bulbs
    The Canadian Tulip Festival celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2012. In commemoration of this historic milestone, join partners, attractions and hundreds of thousands of Festival visitors this May in marking this achievement.
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  • Rendez-vous des saveurs de l'Outaouais (Outaouais Food Festival)

    Rendez-vous des saveurs de l'Outaouais (Outaouais Food Festival)

    25 Laurier Street
    Annual food festival held in September. Events include cooking classes and wine tasting.
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  • Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival

    Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival

    Ottawa Chamberfest 2013: The world's best plays here, July 25 to August 8.
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  • Canadian Ski Marathon

    81 Jean-Proulx
    Held annually in February. A two day cross-country ski marathon from Gatineau to Lachute. Cost: $180.00 per adult.
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  • Canadian Museum of Civilization

    100 Laurier Street, Hull
    Gatineau's star attraction and Canada's most-visited museum deserves at least half a day of your time. General admission $10 (special exhibitions may charge extra), but entry is free on Thursdays from 4 to 8 PM. Open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM or longer, closed Mondays in winter only.
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  • Canada Day

    celebrate Canada's birthday in Ottawa on July 1
  • Bluesfest

    also in summer: The largest blues festival in Canada
    Many visitors come to Ottawa from Atlantic Canada and New England specifically for Bluesfest.
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  • Grand Hall

    Level 1
    The world's largest collection of totem poles, quite an amazing sight when all assembled together.
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  • Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

    La Baie Park
    Annual hot air balloon festival held in September. Cost: $15.00 to $53.00.
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  • Rideau Hall

    1 Sussex Dr
    Residence tour (without reservations): Apr 30-Jun 26: Sa-Su 10AM-4PM, Jun 27-Sep 5: 10AM-4PM daily (unguided open-house tours available Jul-Aug), Sep 6-Oct 30: Sa-Su noon-4PM. Advance reservations required for tours at any time from Nov-Apr, and weekdays May-Jun and Sep-6-Oct 30. Grounds tour: 8AM-1 hour before sunset daily. Free. The official residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her representative the Governor General of Canada. The grounds and the residence are open to the public for tours. Reservations are recommended during low season (September 1 - April 30).
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  • Laflèche Caves

    These are technically not in the park either but are also worth a visit.
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  • Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train

    165 Deveault
    Currently not in operation, the scenic steam train ride from Hull to Wakefield is expected to return in 2014-2016. Excursions offered were: Scenic, Fall Foliage, Sunset Dinner & Sunday Brunch. Cost: $19.00 - $129.00.
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  • Les Olympiques

    125 Rue de Carillon
    Experience championship quality junior hockey in an intimate arena. Go for the game but the ambiance is what makes this unique.
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  • National Gallery

    380 Sussex Dr
    Free admission Th after 5PM.
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  • Confederation Square

    Confederation Square is an urban square in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and is considered the second most important ceremonial centre in Canada's capital city, after Parliament Hill. Roughly triangular in area, with Canada's National War Memorial at its centre and the Valiants Memorial at its periphery, the square is bounded by Wellington Street to the north and branches of Elgin Street to the east and west.
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  • Peacekeeping Monument

    St Patrick and Mackenzie
    Reconciliation: The Peacekeeping Monument is a monument in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, commemorating Canada's role in international peacekeeping and the soldiers who have participated and are currently participating, both living and dead.
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  • Alexandra Bridge

    Ottawa River
    Providing great panoramas of the capital region, the Royal Alexandra Interprovincial Bridge is a steel truss cantilever bridge spanning the Ottawa River between Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec. It is known locally as both the "Alexandra Bridge" and the "Interprovincial Bridge".
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  • Supreme Court of Canada

    301 Wellington St
    The Supreme Court of Canada Building is home to the Supreme Court of Canada. It also contains two court rooms used by both the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal. Construction began in 1939, with the cornerstone laid by Queen Elizabeth, consort to King George VI and later Queen Mother. It was designed by Ernest Cormier. The court began hearing cases in the new building by January 1946. The building is renowned for its Art Deco details. In contrast the building's roof utilizes châteauesque styled influence. In 2000, it was named by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada as one of the top 500 buildings produced in Canada during the last millennium.
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  • Famous Five Statue

    Parliament Hill
    The statue on Parliament Hill was unveiled on October 18, 2000, in a public ceremony that included French and English singers, Inuit dancers, and speeches by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.
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  • Parliament Hill

    1 Wellington St
    Parliament Hill, colloquially known as The Hill, is an area of Crown land on the southern banks of the Ottawa River in downtown Ottawa, Ontario. Its Gothic revival suite of buildings serves as the home of the Parliament of Canada and contains a number of architectural elements of national symbolic importance.
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  • Laurier House

    335 Laurier Ave East
    Laurier House is a National Historic Site of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, located at 335 Laurier Avenue East (in the Sandy Hill district). It was formerly the residence of two Canadian Prime Ministers, Sir Wilfrid Laurier (for whom the house is named) and William Lyon Mackenzie King. The house was built in 1878, but had significant later alterations. Laurier House exhibits elements of the Italianate manner as well as traces of Second Empire style.
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  • Chateau Laurier

    1 Rideau St
    The Fairmont Château Laurier is a landmark hotel with 429 guest rooms in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, located near the intersection of Rideau Street and Sussex Drive and designed in the French Gothic Châteauesque style to complement the adjacent Parliament buildings.
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  • Royal Canadian Mint

    320 Sussex Dr
    The Royal Canadian Mint produces all of Canada's circulation coins, and manufactures circulation coins on behalf of other nations. The Mint also designs and manufactures: precious and base metal collector coins; gold, silver, palladium, and platinum bullion coins; medals, as well as medallions and tokens. It further offers gold and silver refinery and assay services.
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  • Rideau Canal

    The canal was opened in 1832 as a precaution in case of war with the United States. It remains in use today primarily for pleasure boating, with most of its original structures intact, operated by Parks Canada. The locks on the system open for navigation in mid-May and close in mid-October. It is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America, and in 2007 it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of activities in Gatineau uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.