If you’re renting in Gatineau, this will also mean that you’ll have different municipal services from Ottawa, such as garbage collection, emergency services, access to parks, etc. While Ottawa is generally said to have somewhat better nightlife, lower income tax and greater employment possibilities, Gatineau is known to be family-friendly, with Quebec’s famous $7/day childcare services, cheaper housing and electricity, and good options for education, including the province’s CEGEP system.
Gatineau also offers a unique advantage to those looking to live in Gatineau or Ottawa: being in Quebec, it’s a primarily French-speaking city, with a unique culture that claims to be 77% francophone.
Gatineau is a big city but one that’s easy to live in. The city boasts good sports and cultural facilities, affordable accommodation, and easy access to the outdoors. Gatineau Park is just minutes from Old Hull, and is a great destination for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in winter and mountain biking and hiking in summer.
Traffic is relatively good considering its proximity to Ottawa, and the city is quite safe.
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