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Old 04-19-2010, 10:49 PM
 
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Hi, I and my friends are planning to go to Ottawa/Gatineau from Toronto for a day to check out some of the museums over there (we all study architecture). btw, we feel like trying some regional food, possibly Quebecois food - in Gatineau (or Hull) for lunch or dinner. Can anyone recommend some cheap (since we are students) and decent place to eat, not too far away from downtown area? Also, if there is some "things to do" or anything we can check out quickly, please tell me, we're very willing to enjoy a short (sadly) day in Ottawa/Gatineau. Thx
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Old 04-21-2010, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Hi, I and my friends are planning to go to Ottawa/Gatineau from Toronto for a day to check out some of the museums over there (we all study architecture). btw, we feel like trying some regional food, possibly Quebecois food - in Gatineau (or Hull) for lunch or dinner. Can anyone recommend some cheap (since we are students) and decent place to eat, not too far away from downtown area? Also, if there is some "things to do" or anything we can check out quickly, please tell me, we're very willing to enjoy a short (sadly) day in Ottawa/Gatineau. Thx
The best thing to do would probably be to go to a cabane à sucre (sugar shack) although the season is short (March-April) and is wrapping up really fast. Next weekend is probably the last weekend.

The thing with these places is that they are out of town in the country.

One of the closer good ones to downtown Ottawa and Gatineau is this one:
Domaine de l'Ange-Gardien - Ouvert (http://www.domaineangegardien.ca/dag/index_f.aspx - broken link)
It is about a half-hour drive, so you need a car.

Otherwise, Québécois cuisine will likely be more higher end, at places like Le Tartuffe (Restaurant Le Tartuffe- Fine cuisine Gatineau - Outaouais - Québec) which is a block away from the Museum of Civlization in downtown Gatineau.

Another nice place, but pricey as well, is L'Orée du Bois (Accueil - Restaurant l'Orée du Bois - Cuisine régionale et française - Gatineau - Hull - Ottawa) It is on the edge of Gatineau Park, in a really nice setting. It's not in the city, so you need a car to get there but it is barely a ten-minute drive from downtown.

Just thinking about it, anything reasonably authentic tends to be pricey.

Though not necessarily Québécois in cuisine, a few decent and less expensive places are to be found around the corner of Rue Laval and Rue Aubry. This is about a 5-minute walk from the Museum of Civilization.

Fleur de Sel/L'Argoat (Restaurant Fleur de sel et l'Argoat de Gatineau : secteur Hull) is French-style, with crêopes bretonnes and things like that.

Pizza'za is a European-style pizza (thin crust) and wine bar place: Resto Hull- Restaurant Gatineau- Pizza Hull- Restaurant Ottawa- Bar à vin- Salon privé- Resto Italien- Restaurant Italien- Vignoble Québec- Vin Québec- Bistro Québec- Resto bar Gatineau

Right next door to Pizza'za is Le Café Aux 4 Jeudis, a good place to have a drink and relax. They have a really nice terrasse in summer.

Another interesting place is this Swiss restaurant: Restaurant Meule et caquelon
It is a fondue and raclette place. You can bring your own wine so this helps keep costs down. It is in a totally uninteresting strip mall on an unequally uninspiring (though not dangerous) stretch of Boulevard Gréber a few km west of downtown Gatineau where the museum is. But it is easily accessible by bus from both central Ottawa and Gatineau.

So there you have it. Hope this helps. Do not hesitate to ask any other questions you might have.
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Old 04-21-2010, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Regarding interesting buildings, don't know if you are more interested in modern or older architecture, but aside from the obvious ones like the Parliament Buildings and the Château Laurier, here are some worthy of note:

Canadian Museum of Civilization (Gatineau) by Douglas Cardinal

National Gallery of Canada, Sussex Drive by Moishe Safdie

Old Ottawa City Hall, 111 Sussex Drive by Moishe Safdie

Lester B. Pearson Building (Foreign Affairs), Sussex Drive (designed to evoke a Sphinx - can you guess why?)

Casino du Lac-Leamy (Gatineau) - a lot of people disregard it because it's casino. I am not a gambler, but the building itself is pretty interesting and its location is really good on a rocky outcrop on a lake but still close enough to give great views of downtown.
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Old 04-22-2010, 10:26 PM
 
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Just came back from the trip and I enjoyed it a lot, thank you very much Acajack. What a perfect answer. Ended up going to the one beside Civilization Museum and the food was awesome (bit pricey but was ok cuz we earned some money from casino lol). Also this is actually the first time I had chance to take a close look at the city's landscape and urban fabric, scenery etc and I was surprised because I didn't know Ottawa/Gatineau had this much jogging/cycling paths. I wish Toronto had something like that around downtown. and checked out the buildings above and they were all interesting, actually the most impressive one was the Canadian War Museum by Raymond Moriyama. Anyways, Thanks again for your help, hope I go back there sometime soon for a longer trip.
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Old 04-23-2010, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Glad that my tips were useful.

As for the war museum, I forgot it but it is cool as well. Many people here say it was inspired by the Jawa Sandcrawler in Star Wars: Have a look for yourself:

http://images.zoomandgo.com/D/CAN/CA...00010806VV.jpg


http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__...andcrawler.jpg
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