As one of the Capital’s main event parks, Jacques-Cartier Park 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.

Work is underway at Jacques-Cartier Park (South). The grassed areas are fenced off, but the park is accessible.

Facilities

  • Washrooms : There are washrooms at Maison Charron and the Maison de vélo.
  • Parking : Paid parking is available.

Recreational activities

Rentals

The Grenier du petit sportif, located in the Maison du vélo, offers a rental service for bicycles, children's carriages, trailer bikes and tandems. They also rent bicycles adapted for the disabled, mobility impaired and visually impaired.

Escape Tours and Rentals offer bike, kayak, canoe and paddle board rentals from the marina.

Boat Cruises

Outaouais Cruises, Capital Cruises and Palapa Tours offer boat tours from the marina

History

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).
  • 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.

Other parks

Discover more about the NCC's parks in this map journal.