The largest single employer here in the Hull/Gatineau region is without doubt the government (both national and provincial). There are, according to the website below, a total of 37 government buildings in the area with the majority of them concentrated in an approximately 1km square on the north-west bank of the Ottawa river between The Alexandra and Chaudiere Bridges. This is the modern Portage complex - the name "portage" meaning a place where a river is impassable and its traffic has to be manually transported overland around the section and is how Hull became established initially.
There is something fascinating about this city within a city where well over 20,000 functionaires inhabit such a relatively small space for about 40 hours a week each, Monday to Friday and with all the amenities of a small city included. Within the interlinked office buildings there are shopping malls, hotels, bars and restaurants, doctors and dentists, dry cleaners, hairdressers, shoe repairers...the list goes on. Just like some Mediaval walled citadel, permenantly prepared for siege. Yes, definitely interesting and interesting too the politically diplomatic decision made to locate La Portage here in Quebec!!
Fondest memory: Website below has a list of most of the government buildings in Gatineau, along with some details of individual departments, their staffing levels and etc. -
Here is the bridge that takes you across the Ottawa river and as soon as you're at the Quebec side, you can see the Canadian Museum of the Civilization on your left hand side. At your right hand side you can see the Jacques Cartier park. There are more bridges that connect Ottawa with Hull but this is the most convenient when coming from Downtown Ottawa. Quebecers use these bridges to commute back and frorth to & from work. Thousands of Quebecers live in Hull / Gatineau and work in Ottawa, since there are not enough jobs in Quebec for them.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Hull is eating Poutine. I know this section should be under the restaurants tips but there is no poutine restaurant in particular. Poutine is basically junk food. Nothing complicated. French fries with cheese pieces and hot gravy poured on top. The hot gravy melts the cheese and it slowly flows in between the fries. It looks gross at first but tastes very good and it is loaded with trans-fats and calories.
Again I disagree with Lafourmie... Hull is not a boring place. I guess it depends if you're looking for an exciting nightlife or more of a nature/outdoor vacation.
I love living in this region, there are green spaces everywhere. Almost every home has planted trees and flowers. The Gatineau hills, small in comparison to the Canadian Rocky’s, surround the area and offer great scenery. The hills also provide an easy escape to the every day city life and a selection of wilderness to the avid photographer and outdoorsmen. There is an abundance of lakes to choose from; some right in the middle of the city, some 10 minutes away and others a couple of hours away driving towards the Laurentiens and Montréal.
Whether you are into photography, sailing, boating or more into game sports like fishing and hunting, we offer a variety of locations.