Staff at Maison du tourisme are very knowledgeable and more than happy to provide tips and guide you towards the places you won't want to miss. They can also set your mouth watering with their descriptions of some of the menus offered by restaurants in the downtown. You're never more than a few steps away from some exciting discoveries!
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Maison du citoyen :
In 1980, architects Daniel Lazosky and Pierre Cayer wanted to give the Maison du citoyen building a more human and accessible feel. So they came up with a way to shift from the traditional square look of city halls and provide more transparency. Galerie Montcalm is located on the first floor of Maison du citoyen and the hall des Nations is located on the ground floor.
Galerie Montcalm :
Located on the first floor of Maison du citoyen, Galerie Montcalm is a well-known gallery that every year organizes six exhibitions covering a wide range of artistic styles, and featuring regional, national and international professional artists.
Salle Jean-Despréz :
Salle Jean-Despréz presents all kinds of shows: song, world music, adult/youth theatre, dance and comedy. This warm and intimate room appeals to everyone, and is able to accommodate up to 254 spectators.
Located at the very centre of downtown Gatineau, place Gatineau pour la vie is a place to relax, breathe and take in some entertainment. Several works of art grace the park, including boats in the fountain and murals on the buildings. The piece by international artist Bordalo II is particularly striking. Relax in our giant chairs, play a game of bocce with some friends, and make the most of the summer program.
Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Marché Vieux-Hull has more than 35 growers offering a variety of the freshest and best agricultural and agri-food products from the region.
There are several heritage buildings in this lovely area, including the magnificent Queen Anne style Aubry House, the former Hôtel Chez Henri, which was the first building to receive historical designation from the new Ville de Gatineau, and the former Laflèche grocery store.
Maison Zibi :
An installation created from 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.
Cirque du soleil :
For the second time since 2017, Cirque du Soleil will be raising its big top on the Zibi site. The dazzling Alegría will be presented from August 1 to September 1.
Théâtre de l'Île :
Théâtre de l'Île offers up both community and professional performances. The hall seats 119. This theatre is unique in its genre, and has the singular distinction of being the only theatre in Quebec where a city is both owner and manager.
Place de la Francophonie :
Various shows every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., from July 9 to August 13.
In case of rain, the event will take place in the agora of Maison du citoyen.
The museum extends over more than 200 metres and retraces the history of beer in the Outaouais region, covering its role in 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 not-for-profit corporation with a mandate to manage cultural equipment for the artistic community, in particular for organizations and artists in the visual arts and media arts.
Founded in 1983, AXENÉO7 is an artist-run centre dedicated to advocating, promoting, and exhibiting the visual arts, while developing critical discourse around them. AXENÉO7 has three exhibition rooms, a residency and a workshop.
DAÏMÔN is an artist-run centre whose mission is to support artistic exploration, creation, production and dissemination in the field of digital and media arts, and more precisely in video, audio and photography.
Every other Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., from May 25 to September 28.
Every Saturday in the summer, local artists and growers come together to sell their products in this picturesque natural setting.
Arts and crafts
La petite G'ART is a unique hub in the region. It is both an art shop and gallery. From the moment you step through its doors, you can see that it is unlike any other destination in the Outaouais, and an invaluable asset for our local creators and anyone interested in culture.
Gatineau is the fourth largest city in the province of Quebec with close to 285,000 inhabitants.