Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.

Activities

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.

Weather

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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Gatineau

Fly into Ottawa, ON (YOW-Macdonald-Cartier Intl.), the closest airport, located 11.6 mi (18.6 km) from the city center.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Gatineau?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Gatineau:

  • District de Hull: 84 vacation rentals
  • Hull - Val-Tétreau: 98 vacation rentals
  • Kanata: 290 vacation rentals
  • Kanata Lakes - Marchwood Lakeside - Morgan's Grant - Kanata: 18 vacation rentals
  • Byward Market: 41 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Gatineau?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Gatineau. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Promenades de L'Outaouais: 342 vacation rentals
  • Garden of the Provinces and Territories: 332 vacation rentals
  • Jacques Cartier Park: 336 vacation rentals
  • Casino du Lac Leamy: 338 vacation rentals
  • Gatineau Sports Centre: 343 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Gatineau listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Gatineau?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 16 Cottages in Gatineau. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Gatineau include:

  • Houses: 131 rentals available
  • Cabins: 16 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 109 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Gatineau?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 43 vacation rentals with pool available in Gatineau. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.