Let your feet guide you from place to place in this revitalized downtown area in the Outaouais region. If you’re on foot, on a bike or even on a boat, you’ll see that all paths lead to Gatineau! This city, the fourth largest city in the province, just gets better with age. The neighbourhood of Old Hull, for instance, has been completely transformed over the years. It’s a city that is lively, pleasant and full of diversity, and that boasts microbreweries, museums, good restaurants and an exciting nightlife – all within walking distance!
Make sure your visit downtown includes a stroll on and around Laval Street. The heart of Gatineau is bursting with unique restaurants and welcoming bars like the Aux 4 jeudis café and bar, the Petit Chicago and the Gainsbourg – all spots for a memorable happy hour. And if you want a delicious meal to share with friends, stop at the Piz’za-za restaurant for great food and a hip, warm atmosphere.
A few streets westward take a walk down Ruisseau de la Brasserie and have a break at the Brasseurs du Temps brewery, where you can relax on the huge patio and have one of their 17 beers brewed on site and available at all times.
Downtown is where activities and popular events are held. You’ll also find the market in front of the Maison du citoyen, open every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June to October. Music fans can head over to the Festival de l'Outaouais Émergent, September 8 to 11, at the intersection of Promenade du Portage and Saint-Jacques.
If you’re looking for a place to visit after lunch, enjoy the sun as you walk slowly toward the Canadian History Museum for an afternoon of culture and wonder
Switch over to the waves and take the Water-Taxi, Au feel de l’eau, an electric-powered, 100% eco-friendly boat that will take you from the Canadian History Museum to the wharf of the Ottawa Locks on the other shore, and then to the Casino du Lac-Leamy for a night of games. This boat is accessible to all, with enough space for bicycles, and goes around Lac-Leamy and its lovely tree-filled shores. In operation until October, the Water-Taxi also offers a one-hour cruise, On the path of Samuel de Champlain.