Where yesterday meets today for a better tomorrow
The fourth largest city in Quebec, Gatineau sits on the site of the oldest European colonial settlement in the National Capital Region. Why does this matter? Because history is a big part of Gatineau’s culture, being a source of community pride. But don’t get it wrong, Gatineau not stuck in the past! It actually has its eyes focused firmly on Canada’s future, being right next to the seat of the national government. Just like Ottawa, Gatineau is a hotspot for food and culture. On top of that, though, it is also got a cool nightlife scene. So if you’re all about using the past to inform the future while having a great time living in the now, Gatineau is the place for you!
Gatineau has a blend of detached homes and low-rises, but finding a vacancy can be challenging, especially in the summer months. Families is search of space – and a backyard – may want to focus on the houses. Couples who love to be in the middle of the action will want a condo in one of the newer luxury buildings. These charming units often boast a range of amenities (though pools are scarce). The only challenge no matter what space you are going for is going to be price. Like Ottawa, prices in Gatineau tend to be on the high end, especially for the most in demand neighbourhoods.
Typical housing type:
Detached homes and low-rises.
Avg. rent by housing size:
Avg. rent compared to other Canadian cities:
Gatineau is 79% higher than the Canadian average
Gatineau has a reputation for cheap housing, but that is not the case anymore. The city is popular – and the prices reflect that. Make sure to shop around on various rental websites to get the best deal possible. If you are renting a whole house or a luxury condo, these will be easier to find, especially if they are 3-bedrooms. Now the only problem is paying for them…
While Gatineau is becoming more diverse, it is not that multicultural a city yet. If being in a diverse community is important to you, you may want to wait a bit before considering a move here. If you are willing to help build a diverse community, however, you’ll find a warm welcome in Gatineau.
While Gatineau is next to Ottawa and many people are bilingual, French is the primary language and locals generally identify as Francophones. The vast majority of the population is Roman Catholic. That does not stop residents from having fun, though! They know how to embrace the finer things in life, from an elegant meal to a glamorous night out. More of a homebody? Don’t worry! There are plenty of families and seniors who prefer relaxing to raving.
Perfect for: Singles, couples, and families who balance a love of history and culture with a passion for fine dining and fun.
Not-so-perfect for: Anglos who don’t speak French.
Life & Style
Gatineau may be a good time, but it is also a great city. There is plenty of romance for couples and educational development for little ones. In fact, it is common to see families from afar and close-by heading to a museum on the weekends to learn about Anglo and Francophone culture. The arts are also popular, just as they are in Ottawa. Locals love popping over to the capital, taking in a show at the National Arts Centre or visiting the Art Gallery of Canada. Basically, if you are into anything from clubbing to opera to hanging out at home with your kids, you will be happy here.
There are gorgeous parks in Gatineau and across the water, in Ottawa. Schools in the area are strong. Plus, the University of Ottawa and Carlton University are a short drive away. One of the advantages of living in Gatineau is all the culture and educational centres. Don’t forget to check out the Musée canadien de l’histoire and Musée canadien des enfants. You may also want to walk over the picturesque Alexandra Bridge to visit the National Gallery of Canada or the Royal Canadian Mint. For entertainment, head out to the La Fonderie Sports Complex and the Casino de Lac-Leamy. You could also pop into Ottawa to take in a show at the NAC. The Place du Centre or Les Galeries de Hull are your best bet for malls. In terms of getting around, there are several major highways going through the city, connecting it to other parts of Ontario.
Gatineau City Hall
Mackenzie King Estate
La Ferme Moore
Estatua de Maurice Richard