At the western tip of Quebec and the Ontario border, the city of Gatineau rises on the Ottawa River and faces Ottawa, Canada's capital, of which it is, in a way, an extension. Since 2002, Gatineau has been home to the municipalities of Aylmer, Hull, Gatineau, Buckingham and Masson-Angers. The prosperity of the town dates back to the 19th century, when the forest that then covered the region was exploited and the red and white pines were used for shipbuilding. Today the city has seen the construction of two vast federal complexes: Place du Portage and the Terrasses de La Chaudière, as well as the establishment of a campus of the Université du Québec. A major attraction is the Casino du Lac-Leamy, an enormous avant-garde structure built on the shores of the lake of the same name. From Jacques-Cartier Park (access from Laurier Street), you will discover a general view of Ottawa, across the river, especially on Parliament Hill. But Gatineau is best known for its Canadian Museum of History, the largest of its kind in Canada, which is located across the Ottawa River from another no less prestigious museum, the National Gallery of Canada. To discover during the cold season: the Brewery Creek skating rink and its program of activities.

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