* The seasonal attractions have been removed from the following list. The letters refer to the attractions' locations on the map.
Staff at Maison du tourisme have lots of tremendous information. Ask them for suggestions. They will guide you towards the places you definitely should not miss, and get your mouth watering for the offerings of some of the best downtown restaurants. You're never far from making a wonderful discovery!
Discover Canada's rich history and the First Peoples' outstanding achievements. Not to be missed: head out on an adventure with your youngsters through the Canadian Children's Museum.
Maison du citoyen:
In 1980, architects Daniel Lazosky and Pierre Cayer wanted to humanize the Maison du citoyen building and make it more accessible. They came up with a design to derectangularize the traditional shape of a city hall, thereby giving it more transparency. Galerie Montcalm is located on the second floor of Maison du citoyen, and the hall des Nations is on the ground floor.
Galerie Montcalm :
Galerie Montcalm, on the second floor of Maison du citoyen, is a recognized museum that every year stages six exhibitions featuring a wide range of artistic styles and regional, national and international professional artists.
Salle Jean-Despréz :
Salle Jean-Despréz presents many different kinds of shows: song, music of the world, theatre for adults or young audiences, dance and comedy. Everybody loves this warm and intimate hall, which can seat up to 254.
Located at the very centre of downtown Gatineau, place Gatineau pour la vie is a place to relax, breathe and have fun. Several works of art grace the park, including one by international artist Bordalo II, and several colourful graffiti pieces.
There are several heritage buildings on this lovely site, which includes, among others, the magnificent Queen Anne style Aubry House, the former Chez Henri Hotel, the very first building to be designated as a historical monument by the new Ville de Gatineau, and the former Laflèche grocery store.
Maison Zibi :
An installation created with shipping containers, maison Zibi is the work of Canadian designer Paolo Ferrari. Climb to the top of the observation tower to take in the views of downtown Gatineau and Ottawa. Every room in the house offers a different cultural sensorial experience.
Théâtre de l'Île :
Théâtre de l'Île is a first-rate blend of community and professional features in a 119-seat hall. This unique venue is the only theatre in Quebec that is both owned and managed by a municipality.
The more than 200 metre long museum trail traces the history of beer in the Outaouais, attesting to its influence on the region's social, economic, cultural and political development.
Workshops and art galleries
La Filature :
A place for media arts research, production and dissemination. La Filature inc. is a non-profit organization established to manage cultural equipment for the benefit of the artistic community, in particular visual and media arts organizations and artists.
Established in 1983, AXENÉO7 is an artist-run centre committed to defending, highlighting and developing visual arts ideas and dissemination. It has three exhibition halls and a residence and workshop for artists.
DAÏMÔN is an artist-run centre committed to supporting media arts research, creation, production and dissemination, in particular video, audio and photography.
Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 285,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.