March 3, 2014

my home ~ gatineau, quebec

I was born, raised, went to school and lived throughout most of my young adult life in Gatineau, Quebec. In 2005, I married a Canadian Army Officer and we moved a little bit all over. When Bidou retired from the army in 2011, we decided that we needed to settle some roots and we moved back to my home town of Gatineau in the province of Qu├ębec.

 ~My top reasons why I love where I live ~

I love that we have very distinct seasons in Gatineau. It is very hot and humid in the summer. We have great foliage in the fall. We have tons of snow and freezing weather (actually, I am so ready to move on... to spring) in the winter then the spring brings rain and the flowers start to bloom.

I love that you can find poutine at every street corner in Gatineau and in any city throughout Quebec!  Poutine is made up of french fries, brown gravy and cheese curds and it is immensely fattening and good! 

I love that Starbucks cafes have FINALLY arrived in Gatineau. I can now enjoy my favorite hot beverage within a 5 minute drive from my house.

I love that Gatineau is just across the river from Canada's National Capital. Who can guess what city I am referring to?

I love that my entire family (my Daddy, my sister, my brother and their families) lives in Gatineau.

I love that in Gatineau I can run into friends/family/acquaintances whenever I eat out in a restaurant, go shopping at the mall, attend a sporting event etc. There is always someone I know!!

I love that Gatineau is the 4th biggest city in the province of Quebec and hosts many annual events like the hot air ballon festival.

and these are my ten six favorite things!  Thanks Brianna!


  1. Nice list! I went to Quebec many years ago and I thought it was a very charming place.

  2. That's fun - one of the big things I miss about not living in my hometown is not running into family and friends when I'm out and about. Even a little city can feel big when you don't know that many people in it.

  3. Do you speak any French? I haven't been to Gatineau but I've been to Montreal many times! It's beautiful!

  4. Sounds like a great place to live. I love having the four distinct seasons now too. When I lived on the coast of BC we didn't really have four distinct ones it was more like two the rainy season and the less rainy season. LOL

    It is cool that you are just across the river from Ottawa. I have always wanted to travel to out that way but I haven't made it yet. :)

  5. I still live only 20 minutes from where I grew up and I love it. Sounds like you do too!