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 advertising leaflet even has directions on how to get there from the Museum of Civilizations: "Less than a two minute walk...!" It exclaims.
However, it is a bit publicity shy - as I found when I took some photos inside. I had just taken a couple of general overall pics when a security guard accosted me. "Why are you taking photographs?"
I explained that I was about to have a bite to eat and was going to give the place a write-up on a travel website.
"Non! No photos! Please delete!" Then he stood and watched me go through the pics until I'd deleted them. He did let me keep the pic from the outside though.
I went for lunch elsewhere.
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 1st May.
During the winter however, when an evening's snowfall can exceed 40 cm, it's probably best to leave your bike at home!
...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 supermarket or corner store may have an attractive looking selection of spirits and liqueurs at what seem like very reasonable prices it should be noted that these will be half-strength with a maximum of 20% alcohol as opposed to the 40% norm to be found in the SAQ stores themselves.
But look on the bright side - at least your nearest beer or glass of wine is rarely more than a couple of hundred metres away, just leave the hard stuff alone unless bought with premeditation!
Went you come in my town, you must know french, pls. When I go to Ottawa, I speak in english. If you decide to cross the river, change your langage. If we see that you are doing the effort, people will appreciat it. Something, and it's true, you could have a better service! So respect are culture! Yes we know english, but here we speak french! Who would go to China without learning chinesse first?
French people like to drink. It is not a generalizing statement just an observation. I am not talking about that occasional glass of vine or cooler. I'm talking heavy duty beer and liquor drinking. There are lots of poor and unemployed people live in old Hull. They scatter around parks or just sitting outside on the front porch of their rental place. You can also see old sofas or used car seats thrown out and drunk people sitting on them smoking and holding a beer bottles. Don't approach these people. At times they say naughty things to non locals and they can even attack you at night. Especially if they hear you speak English.
Here is a picture of a poor, homeless, patriotic man in a park. Look at the Quebec flag on his bicycle
You are in Province Quebec,
get your conversation french polished up, or
change the mind set.
>>> enjoy the invigourating change