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Living in Gatineau, Canada:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Gatineau, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked four people living in Gatineau what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:


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Gatineau is located just a stone’s throw across the river from Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. It is primarily a French-speaking city, although being so close to the province of Ontario, many people also speak and understand English. There is a large park situated in the middle of the city, which provides many beautiful trails and lakes that can be explored throughout the seasons.

It’s a bilingual city and most people who live here are fluent both in English and French. Gatineau is located in the National Capital Region of Canada, which is two hours away from Montreal and about five hours away from Toronto. The fall season is a must see if you’re around.

Katherine, says: 2020

If one wishes to move to Gatineau, they should be adequately prepared for immersion in the French language. Although I live just 5 minutes outside of Ontario, the general public naturally assumes I am Francophone! An individual looking to move here should also be prepared for the unforgiving winters. As Gatineau is fairly far north, the winters are quite harsh and bitter. Lastly, those considering Gatineau as their new home should be prepared to fall in love with the quaint yet bustling energy that is ever present here.

Gatineau is a short commute from downtown Ottawa. Many would consider it to be a desirable place if it were not for that fact that Gatineau is within the province of Quebec. For many unilingual anglophones, the province is daunting as services are not required to be provided in English. For those fortunate enough to speak French, Gatineau offers cheaper housing and a closer proximity to the nation’s capital.

Gillian, says: 2020

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