At Osgoode Properties, we are die-hard Ottawa fans, but anyone who lives in the City knows that our friends across the border in Gatineau are the best neighbours we could ever ask for.
As the fourth largest city in Quebec, Gatineau has a ton to offer. This young, dynamic, and growing city stretches from east to west along the Ottawa River, and it is the perfect size for ease of living.
Here are our Top 5 reasons to consider calling Gatineau home if you’re looking to live near the Nation’s Capital.
Reason #1 – Save Your Money
Did you know rental prices in Gatineau are 30-50% lower than in Ottawa? That’s a huge saving! Plus, you can also reduce your expenditures on water, hydro, and daycare fees which are all lower in Gatineau when compared to most major Canadian cities.
Reason #2 – Cut Your Commute
If you commute to school or work each day you can reduce your travel time to Ottawa’s downtown core by living in Gatineau. A trip from many parts of Gatineau is actually closer than many Ottawa suburbs. Plus, Gatineau also offers a robust public transport system with connections to the Nation’s Capital and surrounding communities including Hull, Aylmer, Buckingham, and Masson-Angers.
Reason #3 – Nurture in Nature
No matter the season, Gatineau has a lot to offer outdoor enthusiasts. With over 300 kilometres of cycling and walking paths, 360 square kilometres of hills and forest in Gatineau Park, and more than 200 kilometres of groomed cross-country ski trails, this city lets you experience nature all year long. Gatineau’s landscape also offers tons of waterfront views with 4 rivers, and numerous lakes, streams, and waterways. You can easily escape the hustle of the big city without having to go far from home.
Reason #4 – Cosmopolitan Culture
Cultural life is rich and vibrant in Gatineau. Home to the Salle Odyssée, the Orchestre Symphonique de Gatineau, the Canadian Museum of History, dozens of festivals including the Hot Air Balloon Festival, and several high-calibre sporting events such as the Grand Prix Cycliste, Gatineau boasts a lush cultural landscape. The city also has one of the highest bilingualism rates, with 63.5% of its population fluent in both English and French, and a booming downtown scene featuring restaurants, microbreweries, patios, and the Culture Trail, which highlights urban art along a 3-kilometre path in the heart of Gatineau.
Reason #5 – Abundant Amenities
Living in Gatineau you’ll enjoy easy access to countless amenities to enrich your day-to-day life. From schools to shopping and so much more, Gatineau’s location lets you take advantage of all the City’s offerings. Plus, with a convenient commute to downtown Ottawa, you’re just minutes from the conveniences and a whole other city.
Sounds splendid right?! Gatineau is truly a wonderful city to call home, and it offers a wide variety of benefits to its residents. So, if you’re ready to make your move, check out our Gatineau properties here.