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Discovering Hull's match makers

Departure: corner of boulevard des Allumettières and rue Eddy
June 15 and July 7, at 2 p.m.

During this guided tour through the Vieux-Hull heritage district, you will learn about the women behind the “Allumettières” name. This visit will cover the role of the match makers in the city's history and development, their living conditions in 19th and 20th century industrial Hull, the working conditions and dangers in the factory, and their famous strikes (1919-1924). The tour will take you along rue Eddy and a part of boulevard des Allumettières and boulevard Alexandre-Taché.

Les revenants du Petit Chicago

Departure : Espace René-Provost, 39, rue Leduc
August 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22 and 27, at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

“Little Chicago”, 1935. A private eye is looking into the origins of the nickname given to the former City of Hull, and the possible presence of Al Capone, who escaped from Alcatraz and may be hiding in the area. With the help of the audience, he uncovers evidence and meets four ghosts: a lieutenant, the Mayor, a female bar owner and the President of the Temperance League. These direct witnesses have a few eye opening revelations for him!

Are they connected to Al Capone?  Should the truth remain concealed? Are the private eye's days numbered?

This show was sold out in 2018.

Personnages de légendes

Parc du Portage
July 27, at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

This play recounts special moments in Gatineau's history through a number of brief scenes presenting historical figures and fictional characters. The play outlines the themes connecting the different periods, highlighting the elements that defined the region's identity: wood – the forest industry, the raftsmen and the match makers; fire – in the blacksmith's shop and factories, but also the ones that ravaged the city; and water – the rivers and streams, used by the coureurs des bois and the smugglers in the days of prohibition, the “steamships” and the logs.

The show relies on key local figures, including legendary characters such as Philemon Wright, Jos Montferrand, Donalda Charron and père Louis Reboul, to tell the story of the Outaouais' history through images.

The legend of ruisseau de la Brasserie and historical anecdotes

Departure : Théâtre de l'Île
July 10, 17 and 24, August 21 and 28, and September 4, at 6:30 p.m.

La légende du ruisseau de la Brasserie is a tale created and presented by storyteller Sébastien Lemay. In an enchanting setting, you will also discover the history and the built, natural and industrial heritage of Vieux-Hull, ruisseau de la Brasserie and their surroundings.

Discovering the Quartier-du-Musée heritage site

Departure : Maison du citoyen
July 14, 21 and 28, and August 4, 11 and 18, at 2 p.m.

Come and explore the new Quartier-du-Musée heritage site, one of the few neighbourhoods in Gatineau's Hull sector to have escaped the great fire of 1900. Come and discover the fascinating history of this neighbourhood once inhabited by Hull's French elite, and see the magnificent late 19th and early 20th century homes, in particular maison Joseph-Bourque, maison Alexandre-Taché and maison Basile-Carrière. Also learn about the names of the streets and centenary buildings in the neighbourhood, such as the former presbytère Notre-Dame, Collège Saint-Joseph and Académie Sainte-Marie, all part of the area's religious history. This unique neighbourhood, right in front of the Canadian Museum of History, is now protected for future generations.

Bike tour of Île de Hull – discovering the natural and cultural heritage of Île de Hull

Departure : Maison du vélo, 350, rue Laurier
September 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bring a lunch or money to buy a meal.

Discover the natural and cultural heritage of Île de Hull by bike. You can rent a bicycle at La Maison du vélo. There will be two breaks, so bring a snack or some money for a bite and beer on rue Aubry and at Brasseurs du Temps (approximately $20). Remember to bring water!

Traces of Champlain

Departure : Théâtre de l'Île
August 17 and 31, at 2 p.m.

Discover the history of the Ottawa River, from prehistoric times to now, including the days of the explorers and New France. A historian and an archaeologist will take you along an ancient portage route to the statue of père Brébeuf in the Val-Tétrault neighbourhood. Walking shoes are recommended.

The Gilmour before the Gilmour and Hughson

Théâtre de l'Île
August 24, at 1 p.m.

A conference on Gilmour and Company, 1841-1891, the flagship of the Outaouais' forest industry, in particular along rivière Gatineau and in Hull. Learn about its founders, its activities, and its impact on the region. This presentation is well illustrated with slides, maps, numbers, pictures, painters and paintings.

Discovering promenade du Portage

Departure : Maison du citoyen
August 25, at 2 p.m.

Discover the heritage of promenade du Portage and its heyday. Come and discover the fascinating history of one of the liveliest streets in the former city of Hull. Explore this heritage site, established in 1998 to protect the last remaining ancestral buildings. Learn about the highs and lows of this boulevard, which suffered some terrible tragedies but also experienced a glorious period with its hotels, courthouse, church and lovely patrician homes.