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Ville de Gatineau
News release
This summer, #followtheredline!

Gatineau, June 19, 2019. – Ville de Gatineau, with the cooperation of its partners, is unveiling the Culture Trail's attractions and program. This is the third edition of this mobilizing and revitalizing project for our downtown area. Citizens and tourists are invited to follow the red line!
The Culture Trail was completed by Ville de Gatineau with the cooperation of Vision centre-ville and Tourisme Outaouais. Several partners from the field are also involved and contribute to making our downtown offering more dynamic and attractive.

The Culture Trail

The Culture Trail offers three kilometers of cultural discoveries through downtown.
- Along the trail, interpretation signs lead to interesting discoveries.
In actual fact, the Culture Trail means:
- Twenty-five public artworks – including ten or so murals – completed by local, regional, Quebec and international artists;
- Twenty-three main attractions – culture, heritage and tourism – including twelve exhibit and show venues;
- Seven heritage guided tours, including a discovery tour of the Quartier-du-Musée heritage site;
- Many other summer activities;
- Restaurants and patios;
- Boutiques and other businesses;
- Many interesting discoveries await!
A diverse program is offered at various points along the Culture Trail. All of these amazing activities await as part of the summer campaign to promote outdoor cultural activities.
What's new this year:
- A piece of art by internationally renown artist Bordalo II;
- Bordalo II will be completing an artwork from his “garbage animals” series using recycled materials;
- Place Gatineau pour la vie, which will revitalize and brighten Portage Park:
- Integration of the Je t'appellerai bateau-feu bateau-lumière artwork in the fountain;
- Welcoming rest areas that create a pleasant environment in the heart of downtown;
- A few touches of paint to brighten the urban landscape;
- A new look for Aubry Alley;
- Showcasing the horticultural artwork called Jos-Montferrand, un géant gatinois. This was given by Mosaïcultures internationales de Montréal after two years of exhibit in Gatineau.
- Playful works such as Carrousel, Je ne dors pas, Pléiades d'Éole;
- Urban artworks for temporary exhibits;
- A call for artists led to murals on several walls downtown.
For more information on the Culture Trail
- Visit
- Program details can be found in the La culture prend l'air brochure at;
- A detailed map of the Culture Trail is available at downtown businesses, on the Ville de Gatineau network and at Maison du tourisme.
- The Go Centre-Ville mobile application describes the tourist attractions, events and businesses of downtown Gatineau.

Quick facts

This summer, citizens and tourists are invited to follow the red line!
The Culture Trail contributes to strengthening Gatineau's identity as a French-speaking and cultural city.
The Culture Trail contributes to keeping visitors in Gatineau by attracting them to the downtown core.
As a reminder, Gatineau was identified as a gateway to Quebec by the ministère du Tourisme in 2012.
Data will be collected on traffic for a third consecutive year.
Several partners from the field contributed in various ways to the 2019 edition, including Aménagement Granrive, Dormani, Groupe Dubé, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Bijouterie Richer & Snow, Caisse Desjardins Hull-Aylmer, the government of Canada (Services publics et Approvisionnement Canada and Canadian Heritage), Mosaïcultures internationales de Montréal and Association des auteurs et auteurs de l'Outaouais.


“A more colourful, brighter and livelier edition is being introduced today! The Culture Trail is a mobilizing and revitalizing project for our downtown core. Several new artworks dot the trail. Several players allowed the completion of this wonderful project, both from our internal resources and from our valuable partners, Tourisme Outaouais and Vision centre-ville, in addition to many private contributors. This third edition shows the passion of downtown players, but also the passion of citizens and visitors, said Isabelle N. Miron, municipal councillor and chair of Commission des arts, de la culture, des lettres et du patrimoine.

“The Outaouais, thanks to Gatneau's geographic position, next to Ottawa, is a tourist gateway for Quebec, and the Trail is a concrete component located on the corridor of this gateway. Every year since 2017, new elements are added and urge visitors to discover the downtown core. Someday, hopefully, visitors will come specifically for the Culture Trail that we build every year,” said France Bélisle, CEO of Tourisme Outaouais.

“The Culture Trail is a great development pillar to discover the downtown core and its many attractions, which are often overlooked. I am proud that our organization actively participates in the revitalization of the area through cultural action. Our wind turbine project and our mural circuit, which is being launched this year, are all proofs of local engagement. With Ville de Gatineau, Tourisme Outaouais and Vision centre-ville, we were able to rally people around several rallying projects. I just love this,” said Isabel Thériault, board of directors chair, Vision centre-ville.

Associated links

Culture Trail Website

Tourisme Outaouais

Vision centre-ville

Culture Trail program

GO Centre-Ville mobile application (boutique Apple)

GO Centre-Ville mobile application (Google Play)

Je t'appellerai bateau-feu bateau-lumière. Artist, Mathieu Fecteau


Pop60. artist: Marin Mitrasinovic,
Pléiades d'Éole. Artists: Mathieu Fecteau and Samuelle Desjardins
In order: Simon Berniquez, artiste, France Bélisle présidente-directrice générale de Tourisme Outaouais, Cédric Tessier, conseiller municipal du district Hull-Wright, Stéphanie St-Jean, artiste et porte-parole de la Culture prend l'air et Isabelle N. Miron, conseillère municipale et présidente de la Commission des arts, de la culture, des lettres et du patrimoine. Absente de la photo, Isabel Thériault, présidente du conseil d'administration de Vision centre-ville.
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