You have to see the Museum of Civilization. It is a huge complex, about one kilometer long in length. The museum building it self has a very interesting shape as you see on the pictures. The relatively new architectural marvel was designed by an Ottawa based architect firm, called: Douglas & Cardinal.
Opening hours: Seven days a week, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m ... There are many interesting things you can see in there. Including Canada's history and work.
The Canada Hall exhibition here at Le Musee covers Canadian History from a settlers East to West perspective over the last 1,000 or so years beginning with the early Viking visits at the turn of the first millenium.
The exhibits in this section give an idea of the parallel settlement of both the English and French colonists around the 17th and 18th centuries and the various attractions of Canada for each and continues to relatively recent immigrations from Asia and Eastern Europe. This is all presented as a sort of "living museum" and by all accounts there are regular live performances by the Museum's own theatre company "Dramamuse" to add touches of life to the displays.
This part of Canada's history is all presented in a very non-judgemental fashion and should definitely be preceded by a visit to the Grand and First People's Halls just to put a little native perspective on the history.
The main entrance to The Museum of Civilization from Rue Laurier brings the visitor in on Level 2 where the information booth, ticket office and cloakroom all are. This immediate area also has a couple of souvenir shops and a cafe and is publicly accessible without charge (useful if you are in the area and need to use a WC!!).
Level 2 overlooks the canoe-shaped Grand Hall with its 2-storey picture windows illuminating the museum's collection of Totem and House Poles and their backdrop of what the museum claims to be the largest colour photograph in the world. This room also contains a set of exhibits from the West Coast Aboriginal Peoples based around reconstructions of typical homes before leading on to The First Peoples Hall whose entrance is just after Bill Ried's plaster cast of his sculpture "The Spirit of Hiada Gwaii". (Just visible at the far end of the main pic!)
The First People's sets of exhibits introduce the life and culture of the various Canadian Aboriginal Peoples both before and after the influx of the Europeans and especially highlights the sophistication of the native civilization before the advent of the modern settlers and do indeed provide much to think about.
To really do justice to this part of the museum (and the same is true of The Canada Hall) I personally would allow at least half a day (or of course a whole Thursday evening when entry is free!!).
The Canadian Museum of Civilization, or seeing as we are here in Hull/Gatineau: Le Musee Canadien des Civilizations, is situated on the northern bank of the Ottawa River, adjacent to The Alexandra Bridge. However whatever your choice of language and whichever city you happen to be visiting here in Canada's National Capital Region this museum is deservedly Canada's most popular.
Architecturally, the building (designed by the Meti-descended Douglas Cardinal and completed in 1989) has a very subtley imposing visual prescence, both externally and internally, with its linear curvatures creating spaciousness without attempting dominance by sheer scale. What the architect here has attempted to convey is the physical fluidity of Canadian Natural History along with the country's cultural development from The Nation's First Peoples to the present day - the lack of angled corners leaving nowhere for the evil spirits of either past or present to lurk.
The museum's exhibits cover 4 floors with the two main galleries being the Grand Hall/First Peoples Hall on level 1 and The Canada Hall on level 3 - see following tips for more detailed info.
The 2nd floor houses the Canadian Postal Museum and The Children's Museum as well as the special exhibitions galleries. The 4th floor has a new exhibition entitled "Face to Face" which introduces visitors to some of Canada's historical characters (some better known than others).
As well as the exhibitions the building also houses an IMAX Theatre, a couple of cafes and the usual souvenirs shops.
Details of opening times and admission charges are on website and it is certainly worth noting that admission is free on Thursday evenings when the museum is open until 9pm!!
OK its a bit shorter than the 7.8 Km of the world's largest skating rink but here at Lac Leamy you can still get your skates on. The lake itself isn't groomed for ice-skating but the car park in the correct conditions can work just as well!!
Lac (Lake) Leamy is a popular local summer attraction for Hull/Gatineau residents with its supervised beach, changing rooms, children's play area, canoe & kayak rentals, BBQ area and etc. Yep, pretty much all the outdoor fun things for a family day out around the water.
In the winter though, with temperatures well below zero, the lake offers a different set of pleasures - one of which is relative solititude even on a beautifully clear Sunday afternoon when the summer masses are replaced by a few "in-the-know" skaters and cross-country skiers getting away from the more crowded resort areas and enjoying the traffic-free level pathway around the lake.
Welcome to the most overwhelming museum on Earth! (Well, Canada's largest anyway). This monstruous museum in Hull, Quebec will definately take your breath away as I highly recommend seeing it in two days to fully appreciate it. Great if you're 6 years old or 106 - its a crowd pleaser. They have an extensive, interactive website, but there is nothing like the real thing!
Admission: $10 adults, $6 Students, $7 Seniors, $4 Children (Year 2004 Pricing)
Special rates for families/groups/etc.
Parking: Between $1.25 - $8.00
Hours definately vary, check ahead with their website for directions and other info (extensive)
You must spend the day at the Museum of Civilization! It's a BLAST to learn about the history of Canada and view all the other permanent or special exhibitions. My friends and I went for the Bog People exhibit (was alright) but I loved the Canada Hall exhibit more. Wished I could spend more time there (we only had an hour to breeze by and learn as much as we can...and do the tourist thing of taking as much pics as possible. =)
Cost is $10 for adult.
This huge casino / hotel complex was built by the Quebec Government to generate more revenue for the province. It opened it's doors just a few years ago. This is the place where you can spend all your money and more.
In Gatineau they call the place: Casino du Lac Leamy after the small lake that surrounds the building. Semi formal dress code is required to enter the casino and if you like gambling a lot, than this could be the place for you. The casino is open seven days a week from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 A.M.
If you spent all your money, than it's time for plastic (Credit card) You are too drunk to move on so you have to stay for the night. No problem there is a five star hotel right adjacent the Casino. This is the Hilton. Very elegant and expensive. Loaded with sauna, spa, stores, bars and all kinds of services for the visitor. Here is a tip. Come when there is the International fireworks competition. The view of the fireworks can not be better than this. As you see on this image, the casino and the hotel are right beside each other. You will see a close up photo of the Hilton on my accommodation section.
This is Canada's largest and most popular museum. The architecture of this building is gorgeous... many people take their wedding photos here. The collections in this museum explore the diversity of Canadian and world cultures. It houses the largest indoor collection of totem poles in the world.
This place is government owned and operated..which basically means they use this place for extra income..not for being generous with people.
ALSO, they don't care who comes in..whih means that if you and your spouse come in, dressed like a million dollars..you might be sitting beside someone wich was there the night before and is wearing jogging pants and a worn out: 'I love florida' t-shirt.
I just think they should be more selcetive..also they don't really care about people with gambling problems and it is know that at least 1 person commited suicide within the casino's wall.
Anyways..sory for making a social statement..
BUT,. you'll find here the best dining in the area!
I know, my fiend is the Chef!
Also, great shows are on stage here.
We have four seasons here, not cold all the time hahaha, and our activities change with those seasons.
Summer: My favourite season, we have many festivals and outdoor concerts.
>>St-Jean Baptist (Québec provincial holiday) on June 24, come enjoy some French culture with outdoor concerts, featuring Québec artists, in our parks.
>>Canada Day (National holiday) on July 1st, there’s always a variety of events. Things for the family and events for the partier!
>>Festivals: Jazz and Blues festivals are popular.
>> There are a few choices for downhill skiing and snowboarding.
>> I like to go (ice) skating on the Rideau Canal (seen in summer on the left). Every year we have the Winterlude Festival on the canal in February.
If u are stuck here anyways, the museum of civilization is free on sunday (u have to get in before noon though). Sometimes they have nice cultural exhibitions or even better, cultural shows like hindu traditional dances, african bands, etc. Many museums are free as well on particular days... check out touristic docs in touristic centers.
This is one of the best museums in Canada. Takes a couple of hours to visit, where you go through the civilizations of today and yesterday! There is an IMAX in the museum.