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Located in western Quebec and on the northern banks of the Ottawa River, Gatineau is the fourth largest city in the province.  The first settlers came to this area in the 1800s and it didn't take long for the population to rise and more settlers to move to these parts.  In terms of tourism, Gatineau has plenty to offer its guests.  In August every year the Casino du La-Leamy hosts a popular fireworks display competing.  Four different countries take part and compete for the Prix Zeus prize.  The annual hot air balloon festival takes place over Labour Day weekend in the beginning of September each year and, along with the fireworks competition, attracts a fantastic influx of tourists.  If you intend on visiting during these times, make sure that you book your Gatineau accommodation in advance.  If you want to browse different locations in search of the best hotels in Gatineau and the most affordable Gatineau hotel deals, the best place to look is online.

Top things to do in Gatineau

While enjoying your Gatineau getaway, you obviously want to spend as little time in your hotel or motel as possible.  For this reason, many tourists specifically book into basic rooms that offer a comfortable bed, en suite bathroom and some small luxuries like TV, internet access and so on.  One of the first stops that tourists make when in Gatineau is the Canadian Museum of History.  This is ideal for your first day, last day or in the middle of your visit if the weather is somewhat unpleasant.  A visit can keep everyone occupied for at least two to three hours and there are plenty of artefacts to see as well as the world's largest indoor collection of totem poles.

For some outdoor fun and fresh air, make sure that you visit Gatineau Park.  Depending on when you visit, popular activities include hiking, biking and cross-country skiing.  Some top aspects of this park include the hike near Pink Lake and the view of Ottawa Valley from Champlain Lookout.

Meech Lake is just 20 minutes from town and there are two beaches patrolled by trained lifeguards.  Enjoy sunbathing, swimming or even a canoe ride if you wish.

The Luskville Falls hike is rather steep as you head up towards the fire tower.  However, if you are looking for an easier hike, you can reach the falls another way.  This is a popular area for hiking so, if you want to avoid the crowds, be sure to come early.

Fun family activities, food and entertainment

If you are in the need for some serious adrenaline, you could always sign up for a skydiving trip.  If, however, you are like most travellers, you will probably prefer a boat ride instead.  Enjoy the views of Gatineau from a different perspective as you enjoy the crisp freshness of the water air. 

There are also various local companies that offer aerial tours of Gatineau and wine enthusiasts are encouraged to visit the local vineyards for a taste of the wonderful wines produced in these parts.

As vibrant as Gatineau is during the day, it does not lose any of this vibrant momentum when the sun begins to set.  There are plenty of bars, restaurants, lounges and clubs for you to visit and the locals won't mind filling you in on their personal favourites.

A fascinating cave tour operates just 45 minutes outside the city and is certainly worth seeing.  Explore the local woods, caves and see some stunning ice stalactites and stalagmites.  The caves are known to be chilly throughout the year so make sure that you take warm clothes along even if it is the middle of summer.