Gatineau, QC, Canada

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Gatineau, QC, Canada

Gatineau vacation rentals

Gatineau, a city of celebrations

Nestled on the northern bank of the Ottawa River, Gatineau is one of the largest cities in Quebec, and a place that always seems to have something to celebrate. Whether the skies above Gatineau are erupting with the effervescent colors of fireworks, or filled with the splendid floating spectacles of the annual hot air balloon festival, the local calendar is always brimming with things to see and do. And, every winter, the city becomes a wonderland of ice and snow as it welcomes visitors to Winterlude. Gatineau vacation rentals are ideally suited to be a home away from home while exploring the historic and cultural delights of the city on the river.

Hiking and dancing in Gatineau

Gatineau is a modern city with a rich historic past that lives on through elegant parks, magnificent architecture, and an ever-evolving culture. Visitors wanting to discover more about Canada's history will find a fascinating museum to learn in, while those wanting to try their luck at the slots or poker table can go to a vibrant casino just 5 minutes from Parliament Hill. Gatineau vacation rentals are a good base of operations as you plan inspiring hiking trips in the nearby hills, discover culturally significant sites in Old Hull, or dance the night away in one of Gatineau's dazzling nightclubs.

Canadian history and natural beauty

For families with children, a visit to the Canadian Children's Museum will delight as you travel together to a desert pyramid or amble through a bustling Market Bazaar. The Canadian Museum of History is set in a strikingly avant garde building and filled with exhibits about the history of Canada from the dawn of human habitation to the present day. Gatineau vacation rentals are a lovely place to relax after an adventurous day hiking or skiing the cedar and maple forests of Gatineau Park.

Snowy winters and temperate summers in Gatineau

Bordered by rivers, Gatineau has a climate that’s cold and snowy in winter, and warm in summer with cool breezes off the water. It has significant rainfall all year round, so remember to bring your umbrella or raincoat when you're out and about. Summer is a lovely time for hiking in Gatineau Park and wandering through the exquisite gardens and grounds of the Mackenzie King Estate. When the sun is out, you can board a horse-drawn cart and hear costumed performers share the history of the area. Winter is beautiful for renting skis and heading for the Gatineau Hills.

Waterfalls and wildlife in Gatineau

The Ottawa River is all that divides Gatineau, Quebec from Canada's political center, Ottawa, Ontario, and both cities provide gorgeous river views of the other. Gatineau is bordered on the east by Gatineau Park and the Gatineau River, with easy access to swathes of natural beauty featuring plunging waterfalls, inspiring trails, and stunning vistas. Gatineau Park is a huge ecosystem supporting a wide diversity of wildlife, with nearly 230 species of birds as well as black bears, beavers, and white-tailed deer.