The NCC is seeking partners to help transform the McConnell House as part of its Capital Culture Lives Here initiative. The property is located at 1055 Chemin d’Aylmer in Gatineau.

Our vision for the McConnell House: a space that welcomes culture and the appreciation of the natural environment. The space could host a cultural centre, an artist studio or gallery, a natural heritage interpretation centre, or any other creative project. Proposals can also include a commercial aspect, such as a café or food service or equipment rentals.

About the project

In July 2022, the NCC launched a request for expressions of interest (REI) for the McConnell House.

The Capital Culture Lives Here initiative has three key objectives for the McConnell Residence:

  1. To forge a mutually beneficial partnership between the NCC and one or more creative organizations to rehabilitate and animate the McConnell House.
  2. To breathe new life into the house and site through a viable, sustainable new use and a multi-year lease;
  3. To showcase the unique history and heritage value of the site and its unique surroundings;

Key features of the site

The McConnell house is a 19th century farmhouse and a “recognized” federal heritage building. It is located between the Champlain Bridge and downtown Aylmer, in the Aylmer district of Gatineau. The house sits on open pastoral land, and benefits from high visibility and accessibility. It features a large front veranda that runs the full length of the front facade. The connected barn, considered a rare feature among Quebec’s agricultural heritage properties, provides a space that can accommodate a variety of indoor activities.

The NCC has not yet committed any funds to rehabilitate the McConnell House. The building is currently vacant, and has had interior finishes removed to expose the framing and structure.

Floor Area : 340,12 m2 (3 661 square feet)
Floor Levels : 1,5

Process and timeline


  • The NCC held a workshop in March 2022 on the vocation of the McConnell House.
  • The NCC launched the REI in July 2022.
  • Proponents may submit questions about the REI until October 14, 2022, at 11:59 pm (EDT).
  • Proponents may submit proposals by November 18, 2022, at 11:59 pm (EDT).