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Stay near Gatineau's top sights

Parliament Hill891 locals recommend
ByWard Market585 locals recommend
Canadian Museum of History545 locals recommend
TD Place105 locals recommend
St Laurent149 locals recommend
Canadian War Museum395 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Gatineau

  • Total rentals

    3K properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    1.7K properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    170 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    670 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    1.1K properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    124K reviews

Your guide to Gatineau

All About Gatineau

Located just across the river from Ottawa, Gatineau is Quebec’s fourth largest city,

home to stately red-brick buildings, the Canadian Museum of History, and a bustling downtown. Bilingual to its core, this city on the border of Quebec and Ontario is where local bistros excel at classic French standards and where shopkeepers will switch from English to French and back at dizzying speed. Spend an afternoon following the two-mile-long Gatineau Culture Trail, which will lead you past some of the city’s historic monuments and public art installations.

No matter what time of year you visit, there are outdoor recreation opportunities in the Gatineau Hills, from cross-country skiing in the winter months to hiking in Gatineau Park when the snow melts in the summer. Since Gatineau is only a 15-minute drive across the river to Ottawa, a stay here also provides a wonderful base for exploring Canada’s capital.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Gatineau

Although the weather in Gatineau varies dramatically throughout the year, there is no bad time to secure your Gatineau vacation rentals, thanks to the plethora of outdoor activities the area offers all year round. From late June through early September, the days are long, hot, and sunny, inspiring locals and visitors alike to hit the hiking trails. Make sure to bring proper footwear and a water bottle to stay hydrated. During the fall, the foliage in the city’s parks form a kaleidoscope of red, orange, and yellow. In September, Gatineau hosts the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival, which fills the sky with balloons in all shapes and colors. Although Gatineau can get very cold in the winter — if you’re planning on spending time outdoors, you’ll want heavy outerwear — the hiking trails turn into snowshoeing and cross-country ski trails. Spring arrives a little late, but once the snow finally melts, the flowers begin to bloom, turning the parks into a sea of color.

Top things to do in Gatineau

Canadian Museum of History

One of the oldest museums in North America, the Canadian Museum of History, which is located along the Ottawa River in Gatineau, offers an in-depth look at the places, people, and events that played a role in transforming Canada into the country it is today. The museum is fittingly located across the river from Parliament Hill in Ottawa, which you can view from the museum’s Grand Hall, a windowed wall six stories high.

Gatineau Park

This enormous park on the northwest side of town, the green lung of the Ottawa-Gatineau metropolitan area, offers a broad array of outdoor activities. You can walk or bike on miles of hiking trails, visit one of the beaches on Lac Meech or Harrington Lake, explore the Lusk Caves (if you’re wearing waterproof boots), or check out one of the many historical attractions.

Symmes Inn Museum

This gabled, two-story building, whose exterior is dominated by an inverted V staircase, started off as a hotel in the early 19th century, when it provided a stopover for passengers en route from Montreal to Ottawa. It now serves as a museum dedicated to the role of the Ottawa River and is one of the best-preserved historic buildings of Gatineau.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Gatineau?

    Gatineau experiences four distinct seasons. Summers are warm, with temperatures around 80°F (27°C), while winters are chilly, often dropping to 10°F (-12°C). The city is known for its winter sports activities, such as cross-country skiing in Gatineau Park.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Gatineau?

    Visitors to Gatineau frequently visit the Canadian Museum of History, cycle along the Voyageurs Pathway, or enjoy a stroll in Jacques Cartier Park. The park is particularly popular for its Winterlude event, a winter festival with ice sculptures, skating and more.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Gatineau?

    The most frequented time to visit Gatineau is during the summer months, from June to August. During this period, local events such as Canada Day celebrations and the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival attract many visitors.

  • What are the best places to stay in Gatineau?

    Visitors often choose accommodations in districts like Hull, with easy access to museums and the Casino du Lac-Leamy, and Aylmer, known for its historic charm. Alternatively, Gatineau Park offers cozy cabins for those seeking a nature-filled getaway.

  • What are the best places to visit in Gatineau?

    Visitors often explore the Canadian Museum of History, enjoy the natural beauty of Gatineau Park, or try their luck at the Casino du Lac-Leamy. The Mosaiculture Exhibition, a spectacular horticultural event, is another frequently suggested attraction.

  • What are some hiking trails in Gatineau?

    Explore the tranquility of nature with trails such as Pink Lake Trail, King Mountain Trail, and the Gatineau Park Ski Trails. Each of these trails provides unique landscapes and varying difficulty levels, suitable for all types of hikers.

  • What are some family activities to do in Gatineau?

    Families often enjoy visiting the Canadian Children's Museum, exploring the Mackenzie King Estate, or having a fun day out at Altitude Gym, a climb-themed family centre. In the winter, snow shoeing in Gatineau Park is a popular activity.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Gatineau?

    Popular day trips from Gatineau include the capital city Ottawa, just across the river, or exploring the charming town of Wakefield. A bit further afield, you can discover the natural beauty of Mont Tremblant.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Gatineau?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Gatineau. Choose from more than 670 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Gatineau?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 1,720 vacation rentals in Gatineau featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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