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Gatineau for life

Gatineau is a wonderful place to live!

As the fourth largest city in Quebec, Gatineau is the perfect size for ease of living and has all of the amenities of a larger city.

Gatineau is a young, dynamic and growing city. Located next to Ottawa, it stretches from east to west along the Ottawa River and boasts wide expanses. 

Its French-speaking community makes it stand out and greatly contributes to the region's cultural offering.

The Gatineau region is an important pole of attraction for immigration in the province after the urban agglomerations of Montreal and Quebec City. Along with these two cities, it is one of the three gateways for immigration to Quebec. The population of Gatineau has a higher proportion of immigrants (12.5%) than Quebec City (7.2%).

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Gatineau for downtown life

Gatineau's downtown area is booming. Several projects proposed by Gatineau and businesses reflect this.

The Culture Trail highlights urban art along a three-kilometre path in the heart of Gatineau.

Restaurants, microbreweries, patios and festivals liven up our downtown core.

Gatineau for outdoor life

Known for its urban outdoor experience, Gatineau has a lot to offer to outdoor enthusiasts, whatever the season!

Gatineau's bicycle and pedestrian network is more than 300 kilometres long. The trails are well integrated to those of the City of Ottawa and the National Capital Commission.

The Gatineau Park, an oasis of more than 360 square kilometres of hills and forests, is situated at the heart of our city. It gets more than 2.7 million visitors per year and allows for the practice of many activities in any season!

With 165 kilometres of walking trails and more than 200 kilometres of groomed cross-country ski trails, Gatineau Park is one of the largest networks of trails in North America.

With four rivers and numerous lakes and streams, waterways are an integral part of Gatineau's landscape.

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Gatineau for recreational life

Quality of life is important in Gatineau!

With more than 365 parks, close to 90% of which are developed, Gatineau's residents of all ages can enjoy quality green spaces as well as have access to numerous recreational and sports amenities.

The recreation programs run by Gatineau, organizations and associations further enhance the variety and quality of recreational activities in Gatineau.

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Gatineau for cultural life

Cultural life is rich and varied, salle Odyssée having been deemed “venue of the year” several times.

Orchestre symphonique de Gatineau, a true cultural landmark, is sure to please music lovers.

Salon du livre de l'Outaouais is a flagship cultural event in the Outaouais.

More than seventy public works of art are featured on Gatineau's territory.

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Gatineau for festive life

Gatineau welcomes dozens of festive events throughout the year.

The Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival has been colouring the city skies for more than thirty years.

In February, Snowflake Kingdom, a huge winter playground, attracts thousands of families. Snowflake Kingdom is one of Winterlude's three official sites.

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Gatineau for life through sports

Every year, Gatineau welcomes more than thirty high-calibre sports events, including the Grand Prix Cycliste and Gatineau's Triathlon.

Ottawa's Marathon and the Army Run, which attract thousands of participants, go through Gatineau.

Gatineau for educational life

Two universities located in Gatineau are contributing to energizing a region known for its young and educated population. Université du Québec en Outaouais welcomes more than 4,500 students and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, more than 800. Three more universities are found in Ottawa.

McGill University will be inaugurating its new satellite Faculty of Medicine at the Gatineau Hospital in the fall of 2020.

Three colleges offer post-secondary education in Gatineau.

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Gatineau for tourist life

Located in the beautiful Outaouais region, Gatineau is known as one of the three tourist gateways to Quebec.

Created by Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal, the Canadian Museum of History, the most visited museum in Canada, gets more than 1.2 million visitors every year.

Outaouais Tourism is the authority to discover the main attractions and plan a stay!

Gatineau for business life

Gatineau residents enjoy a cost of living among the most affordable and a quality of life among the best in the country. Few places in the world can have residents enjoying the benefits of city life and nature at the same time.

The average price of housing in Gatineau is lower than Montréal's (-25%), Ottawa's  (-3%) and Toronto's (-200%).

With Ottawa, Gatineau forms the fifth largest urban centre in Canada after Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver and Calgary.

Gatineau is a stepping stone to innovation, creation, professional growth and business development.
The Gatineau-Ottawa region has more than 1,900 technology firms employing 80,000 people.
Gatineau residents are educated and bilingual: 28.3% of the population holds a university degree and the rate of bilingualism is 63.5%.

The Gatineau-Ottawa region has two airports, one of each side of the river, which are easily accessible and less than 30 minutes from the main highways.

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About Gatineau

Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 291,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.

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