Gatineau Etymology - Where Does the Name Gatineau Come From?
Gatineau derives its name from the river, which itself was named for Nicolas Gatineau, a fur trader who reportedly drowned in its waters in 1683.
Gatineau is located in western Quebec, Canada. It’s on the northern bank of the Ottawa River, immediately across from Ottawa, Ontario, and is part of Canada's National Capital Region. The city of Gatineau was originally a part of Templeton West but was separately incorporated as a village in 1933 and became a town in 1946 and a city in 1975. Gatineau is 4,369km/ away from Vancouver. Taking a flight from Gatineau to Vancouver will take around five hours.
Why Book Student Accommodation in Gatineau?
Located in the beautiful Outaouais region, Gatineau is known as one of the three tourist gateways to Quebec. The city of Gatineau houses the main campus of the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), part of the Université du Québec network. The city also has many parks, tourist attractions, and streams so that you can enjoy your time there while studying. You can also book student accommodation on one of the major roads in the city of Gatineau which is Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes.
Weather and Temperature
The weather in Gatineau is cold and temperate. The rainfall in the city is significant, with precipitation even during the driest month. The city has an average temperature of 6.5 °C | 43.7 °F. Precipitation reaches its peak in June and the driest month is February. July is the warmest month with an average temperature of 20.8 °C | 69.4 °F and January is the coldest month with an average temperature of -9.8 °C | 14.3 °F.
What to Pack and Gatineau Local Timing
You should pack the heaviest clothes you have when travelling to Gatineau. Coats, rain boots, thermals, scarves, gloves, and an umbrella. Gatineau’s local time zone is UTC−5 (EST) and it becomes UTC−4 (EDT) in the summer. Daylight saving time settings get adjusted on March 14 at 02:00 (1 hour forward) and on November 7 at 02:00 (1 hour backwards). Keep it in mind when booking your travels and student accommodation in Gatineau.
Is Gatineau Rural or Urban?
The city of Gatineau is considered urban.
What Are Some Must-Visit Places in Gatineau?
The city has two of the most important tourist attractions which are the Canadian Museum of History and the Casino du Lac-Leamy. In August, the Casino hosts an international fireworks competition which opposes four different countries with the winner being awarded a Prix Zeus prize for the best overall show and can return in the following year. The city of Gatineau hosts an annual hot air balloon festival on Labour Day weekend which fills the skies with colourful gas-fired passenger balloons. There’s also the Lac Beauchamp Park that has many green areas which often merge with the woods and fields, you can go there with your friends and enjoy a day out in nature.
Transportation in Gatineau
Gatineau and Ottawa have two distinct bus-based public transit systems with different fare structures which are the OC Transpo and the Société de transport de l'Outaouais. Tickets are not interchangeable between the two. However, there’s no required payment for passes and transfers from one system to the other. There is a proposed LRT system that would connect Gatineau to Bayview and Rideau Centre Stations in Ottawa.
Other Student Accommodation in Canada
Besides having facilities for student accommodation in Gatineau, Casita offers student accommodation in these Canadian cities:
Ajax, Brampton, Brossard, Burnaby, Calgary, Clarence-Rockland, Dundas, Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Grey Highlands, Halifax, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Markham, Mississauga, Montreal, Niagara Falls, Oshawa, Ottawa, Pelham, Peterborough, Saskatoon, St. Catharines, Surrey, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Wollaston.