Hull Travel Guide

  • Fishermen!
    Fishermen!
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  • TULIPS  ON THE RIDEAU CANAL
    TULIPS ON THE RIDEAU CANAL
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    Stop sign in Quebec style
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Hull Highlights

  • Pro
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     Cheap realestate 

  • Con
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     Polluted, French only service, Horrible road conditions. 

  • In a nutshell
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     It's a little detour when visiting Ottawa. Will worth your 3 hours. 

Hull Things to Do

  • Canadian Museum of Civilization

    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...

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  • Civilization in Canada? #3 Canada Hall

    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...

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  • Civilization in Canada? #2 Grand/1st...

    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...

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Hull Restaurants

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  • Not A Word I Use Lightly!

    This tiny little place was certainly a major discovery nestled here in what remains of Hull's old town, surrounded by the towering concrete edifices of The Portage complex of Canada and Quebec's Government. "DELISH!" is a word that I occasionally use as a superlative to signify when food really does hit the tastebuds and here at this more than...

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  • More than a Hot Dog or Subway

    It's an old house converted into a Butcher selling epicurean sausages made in Laval, Quebec.Idid a rough count and saw about 40, some new combinations for me, but took me back to my previous trips to Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Portugal, Spain and France.Having heard of the shop years ago, i just did not manage to visit, despite driving past...

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  • Pub - Entertainment - Food

    since 1969,great ambience and quebeqoise flavour beer music and snacks;try it for yourself.Combo Raftsmen with Pie is good @ C$ 8-10

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Hull Nightlife

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  • For the Young Town Oldsters?

    Heading for the centre of Vieux Hull's Friday party night we found our bus stuck at the Portage/Eddy stop awaiting the arrival of mechanic?/new driver?/explanation of why we were stationary for the last 2-3 minutes? Well, after 3 minutes of going nowhere, when the destination is only 5 minutes away, it was time to disembark. And so that's how we...

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  • For The Old Town Youngsters!

    By all accounts this is the place to be for the youngish ("ish" being the operative word!!) generation here in old Hull on Friday nights and weekends, especially during the summer when the terrace is in use and local DJ's provide the musical backdrop. Even on a relatively quiet mid-winter weekday evening the cafe has a certain buzz with an almost...

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  • Walk up & down here at night

    Ok if you can't resist and you must party, no matter what, this is the place to be in Hull. It is a street called Promenade-du-Portage. This place comes alive on weekends. Especially at night. It has several night clubs, Bars, cafes and restaurants. It is also interesting at day time. Promenade-du-Portage is like being in two time zones in once....

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Hull Transportation

  • Hull and northwards along Gatineau Hills

    The Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train takes you on a 64 km journey, along the banks of the sinuous Gatineau river which borders the beautifull Gatineau Park. > > > The five hour round trip consists of a two hour stop in Wakefield and travel time is of one and a half hour in each direction.

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  • After A Night-out Downtown

    The somewhat erratic STO bus service runs until about midnight from Vieux Hull to most areas around the Hull/Gatineau urban and suburban areas. The bars, restaurants and clubs however run a little later!!So if you miss that last bus and the taxi is your only option then this is the local firm - Crown Taxis.This is a good taxi firm. Meters are...

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  • The STO Network - A Quick Overview

    The local bus service provider here in Hull/Gatineau is the Societe de Transport de l'Outaouais (STO) which is a distinct entity from the Ottawa company OCTranspo. Following the "Tale of Two Cities" theme, tickets from one are not valid on the other but transfers and passes from each other ARE!! Generally speaking the STO buses cover the whole of...

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Hull Shopping

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  • Epicurean Sausages ~ Saucissier

    it's a franchise from the Cusson family in Laval, this is one of 30 shops and we're fortunate to have three in Gatineau. Sausages, sausages and sausages withmustards mustard and mustard plus other exotics like Olive oil, balsamic and Sauerkraut on the shelves.When Spring arrives, then i'll be back with the kids, order our variety of sausages, some...

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  • Beer and wines after hours in Ontario &...

    i discovered @ 151 Montcalm a small Coffee shop some 5-6 years back, with the coffee aroma drifting from a small roastery in the shop across the parking lot. Then lo and behold,after reading about the enlarged Cafe La Brûlerie, i had no option but to vist after a short hile in the Gatineau Hills on Boxing Day, to get rid of the previous days...

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  • The Advantage of Hull being in Quebec!!

    The term "Depanneur" very loosely translates as "convenience store" and here in Hull every neighbourhood has its own, rarely more than a couple of hundred metres from its furthest customer. These little stores specialise in providing the day-to-day basics at the times that the larger stores are closed as well as being agents for things such as bus...

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Hull Local Customs

  • Ice Fishing

    When I first saw this on the north bank of the frozen Ottawa River, just below the Museum of Civilizations I initially thought that it was some sort of testing to check the ice thickness, perhaps being conducted by the museum itself. But nope, this is ice fishing. What the fishermen do is drill a couple of holes to test the ice thickness and if it...

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  • Smile

    It's the international language. I have no problem functioning in either official language; most people here are very helpful and do their best for tourists. I've met folks from all over the world in Hull and the only ones who seem to have trouble are those that come from Ottawa, looking for a fight. I have a good friend who moved to Hull from Viet...

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  • Speak French

    Québec is primarily a French-speaking province. There are cities, like Montréal, where it is more bilingual... and there are places, like Québec City, where the workers in the hotels, restaurants and shops offer bilingual service for the tourists. But generally speaking, French is the main language spoken in Québec. Since Hull is located in Québec,...

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Hull Warnings and Dangers

  • Strictly No Photos!

    The Place du Centre is the restaurant and shopping mall for "les petites functionaires" of the Canadian Government's vast Portage complex. At its heart is a food court with about 17 varied outlets, surrounding which there's an array of useful shops and services.It is open to the general public and indeed actively promotes itself as being so - the...

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  • Always Remember Where You Left Your...

    Hull, along with the rest of The National Capital Region, is well provided with dedicated traffic-free recreational pathways for cycling and hiking which link the main beauty spots along the rivers and the Gatineau Hills. The pathways are maintained by The National Capital Commision who aim to have the 170 km of pathways ready to use every year by...

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  • It May Look Like Gin But...

    ...it'll only be 20% Alcohol if you buy it in the supermaket!!!Hull, being in Quebec as opposed to Ontario, has a relatvely lax attitude as to where you can purchase alcohol but the province's liquor control board (SAQ - Societe des Alcools du Quebec) still doesn't allow private retailers to sell full-strength hard liquors.And so whilst your local...

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Hull Tourist Traps

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    French road signs

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    It can be a tourist trap if you don't speak or understand the French language. The road signs, the flyers, the pamphlets, the menus, the head boards. all in French only. You can get lost or unaware of a danger zone when can not read a sign or warning. If you drive and your license plate is not from Quebec, chances are the Police will pull you over and ticket you for some reason. They'll find one.

    Unique Suggestions: Ask a local person. About 95% of the residents in Hull / Gatineau speak English. However they prefer French. You can also go with someone on your side who speaks French or just take a dictionary with you.

    Fun Alternatives: Alternative: Don't go to Hull at all if you don't absolutely have to. No offence, just experience.

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Hull What to Pack

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    Road sign

    by janika Written Apr 29, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Leave your bags in a hotel where you stay.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Dress well. it is very cold during Winterlude

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy those things locally. Don't bother carrying them with you.

    Photo Equipment: Digital camera + extra batteries

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: No beach in Hull

    Miscellaneous: You need sunglasses.

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Hull Off The Beaten Path

  • View from Gatineau

    The park seems huge (as the drive to get to the viewpoint seems to take longer than the drive down). The view is spectacular. It's such a calming place and the park also offers some great biking trails.

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  • Gatineau Park

    363 square kilometres to the northwest of Canada's Capital Region;you need car or bicycle to get around."Finally free of the glacier's icy grip around 10,000 years ago, the Gatineau Hills began welcoming an ever-changing parade of humans 5,000 years later: First Nations peoples, explorers, fur traders, loggers, settlers, industrial developers, and...

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  • Winter Camping

    The tepees are in Val des Monts, about 1 hour from Gatineau.If you are interested, write me for more information.This is a picture of us the next morning. We survived the night... actually this is where I got engaged!

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Hull Sports & Outdoors

  • Ice Hockey

    Just like many other cities in Canada, Hull is no exception from the ice hockey lover towns. They have several skating rings. Indoor and outdoor and many people and children watch ice hockey games on TV and they also play hockey. You see famous hockey players from Quebec playing in high budget, American, NHL teams professionally.At Winterlude time...

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  • Cross-country Skiing From Hull

    During the summer Gatineau Park makes for a great day out in its relative wilderness and much of the park is easily accessible by motor vehicles (tho' noting that on Sundays many routes become cycle only). During the winter however when the snow is several feet deep the only vehicular access is to the various car parking areas around the periphery...

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  • Dogsledding Adventures

    The dogs seem a little small don’t they?It cost me $25 for 15 minutes? something like that. We took the short trip around the lake. But adventures are also available for excursions ranging from a few hours (trek through the woods, not around and around the lake) to several days with camping. The professional guides (mushers) teach you how to drive...

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  • Les Portages Modernes

    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...

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  • Alexandria Bridge

    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...

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  • Again I disagree with...

    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,...

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