The city of Hull lies at the far western edge of Québec, at the confluence of the Outaouais (Ottawa) and Gatineau rivers, where it sprang up with the growth of the logging industry in the early days of the 19th century. Today, with its neighbouring city of Ottawa, Hull is part of Canada's National Capital Region.
Map of Hull and points of interest
Map of the Greater Hull Area and points of interest
There are plenty of attractions in Hull and the surrounding area, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization, with its majestic curves evoking the emergence of the North American land mass, along with many other great national museums and the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa.
Hull is renowned for its festive, open spirit. Place Aubry, in the heart of downtown, is a favourite meeting place, with its sparkling fountain in the centre and border of boutiques and outdoor cafés. In July, it really comes alive as crowds of music-lovers turn out for the numerous concerts. The city has no lack of green spaces, and visitors can enjoy boat rides on the Ottawa River and lots of outdoor activities, including cycling in Gatineau Park. This peaceful oasis also offers interpretation trails, hiking and cross-country ski trails, a sand beach and the splendid estate of former Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.
You can enjoy the idyllic landscape from the steam train that puffs its way from Hull along the scenic Gatineau valley to the picturesque village of Wakefield. In late summer, the skies over Gatineau are filled with colour, during the Hot-Air Balloon Festival.
Canadian Museum of Civilization
100, rue Laurier
Tel.: (819) 776-7000
Every day from May to mid-October
Closed Monday the rest of the year