Spread over 140 km2, Gatineau has experienced impressive growth in the last 20 years and is in the process of developing a city centre. Government offices such as the NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF CANADA, residential and office buildings, a cultural centre and a campus of Collège de l'Outaouais are already in place. Gatineau also has hospital facilities (CHG), and an airport coupled with a large industrial park that can easily be reached by a superhighway (A-50) which crosses the entire breadth of the city, connecting it with the Buckingham-Angers-Masson area to the east and with Hull, AYLMER and OTTAWA, Ont, to the west.
During the Labour Day weekend, the city hosts the largest gathering of air balloons in Canada, the Festival des montgolfières de Gatineau.
Author PIERRE-LOUIS LAPOINTE
Links to Other Sites
Take a virtual tour of the historic Mackenzie King Estate and Gatineau Park in Ottawa. Check out the notes about King’s life and career in politics as well as the timeline depicting Park milestones.
Intelligent Community Forum
The website for the Intelligent Community Forum, a think tank that studies the economic and social development of the 21st Century community. Click on "Intelligent Communities" at the top of the page for profiles of technologically advanced cities in Canada and around the world.
Archaeological Potential Study – Gatineau/Ottawa Area
A well-illustrated report about the archaeological and geological history of the Ottawa-Gatineau region. From the website for the Interprovincial Crossings Environmental Assessment Study.