As one of the Capital’s main event parks, it hosts national festivities such as Canada Day and Winterlude.
This park is also great for cycling: from here, you can take the recreational pathway to the Capital’s downtown core, seek out nature at Leamy Lake or explore Gatineau Park — and beyond. In the park, you will find the Hull Marina, which has a public dock for sightseeing and watching the cruise boats.
Built in the 1930s, the park was named after Jacques Cartier, one of Canada’s early explorers. In the past, this area was a place to stop and camp before portaging around the Chaudières Falls.
Two buildings of historical interest can be seen in the park.
- Maison Charron was built between 1826 and 1841 by Philemon Wright, the founder of Hull. It is an example of an early European settler home. It also housed the offices of the Ottawa Transportation Company (1912). Maison Charron is now home to the Maison des auteurs, which offers cultural programs daily throughout the summer (mid-May to Labour Day).
- The Gilmour Hughson Building (1892) is located at the north end of the park and houses La Maison du vélo. It is one of the last sites on the Ottawa River linked to the Gilmour Hughson Lumber Company, a major Canadian lumber company in the 1800s.