Located along the north shore of the Ottawa River, Hull is the oldest part of the City of Gatineau (which was created in 2002 with the amalgamation of Hull, Aylmer, Gatineau, Buckingham, and Masson-Angers). While many people still refer to the area as Hull instead of Gatineau, the name now only officially applies to the neighbourhood of Gatineau that primarily features the government offices (such as Place du Portage) that are across the river from the Parliament Buildings.
Prior to amalgamation, the population of Hull was approximately 66,000 people, with 80% of the residents speaking French as their first language.
The Outaouais region is a top destination for visitors from far and wide, thanks to its diverse year-round events and attractions. Discover the region's five RCMs (Regional County Municipalities): Pontiac, Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, Collines-de-l'Outaouais, Petite-All Nation La Lièvre, and Gatineau, the regional centre. With its bustling city centre, peaceful countryside, world-class cultural attractions, and loads of family activities, this vast territory (33,000 square kilometres) offers something for everyone!
Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau is one of the Capital's main event parks. It is used for national events and festivities such as Canada Day and Winterlude, when it becomes one of North America's largest snow playgrounds. Jacques-Cartier Park offers excellent views of the Ottawa River and Rideau Falls.