Moving to Gatineau - Good/bad parts?

Moving to Gatineau - Good/bad parts?

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#1 Mar 21, 2008
My family is moving to Gatineau to buy a home but were wondering what parts of Gatineau are good places to live? What are the bad areas?

Montréal, Canada

#2 Apr 2, 2008
Come too Aylmer, there is much more english in this areaand it's a very nice place to live.
Good luck with the move

Ottawa, Canada

#3 May 10, 2008
If you're coming to the quebec side, just remember that there is english people but we are still in a francophone community, please learn the basics of the language.

Blainville, Canada

#4 May 10, 2008
I just moved to Gatineau, and I agree, move to Aylmer...if you are working in Ottawa, traffic is hell coming from the east end (original city of Gatineau), and with the new allumetieres boulevard complete, traffic is easier from Aylmer.
john doe


#5 Jun 30, 2008
if i where u i would not move to aylmer .
compare it to hellmer thats the only thing thats there thats if you want to live that is.

Val-des-monts, Canada

#6 Aug 12, 2008
There's a lot of people moving to Gatineau now a
days...No matter your language you're always welcome. As for housing Aylmer, Gatineau center,
new homes in Cheval Blanc, Cantley. I've moved
in Gatineau 15yrs ago and still today no regrets,
very nice in other cities you have the goods and the bad. Wishing all the best.
Carmel Divine

Sherbrooke, Canada

#7 Oct 30, 2008
Pick Aylmer...I am assuming you are an Anglophone....

Will your kids (?) be going to French or English school?(English school board Frecnh immersion schools here are English schools).....

Were you educated in English in Canada?....There are laws here to consider....If you are an immigrant your kids will have to go to a French school....

There ARE English schools in the real Gatineau, but they are much smaller...

Do you want to have 100% Francophone neighbours? that important to you or unimportant....

Aylmer to the west has about a 40% Anglophone's gets French fast as you head east...

I love living in Québec....great province...great people....sign me a proud Quebecer...

Imari, Japan

#8 Mar 4, 2010
I am a Canadian citizen of an African origin. I went to French school in Hull (Quebec), but later I moved to Vancouver (BC), then to Japan where I have lived for 16 years now. I married a Japanese woman, and we have 3 children (15, 13 and 10).
We are planning to move to Canada next year. First, we be living in Ottawa so that our kids could go to English school, but after 2 years we'd like to buy a house in Gatineau (Aylmer sector).
Since my first language is French, will my kids be allowed to transfer to English school in Gatineau?
I would appreciate your advice.

“we attempt to Clean Up Stories”

Since: Jun 09

#9 Mar 15, 2010

Montréal, Canada

#10 Apr 6, 2010
Nev wrote:
My family is moving to Gatineau to buy a home but were wondering what parts of Gatineau are good places to live? What are the bad areas?
Gatineau now consists of 3 areas (Aylmer, Hull and Gatineau). I was raised in Hull and at that time it was predominantly francophone which could be an issue (but you will learn french fast) I also lived in Aylmer and it has a larger Anglophone population (a very bilingual area). I have always found Gatineau proper to be very french. If you have children (teenagers) that attend school, Hull and Aylmer would be your best bet. There are a lot of considerations also (i.e. housing market etc..)

Best of luck in your move

“we attempt to Clean Up Stories”

Since: Jun 09

#11 Apr 8, 2010

Ottawa, Canada

#12 Jul 30, 2010
I moved from Ontario to Gatineau about 7 years ago.
La Sablonniere is a nice place, of course, I am biased, I live there AND my home is for sale lol!
Cheval Blanc is also nice. Tourraine is popular.
These are neighbourhoods that are quiet neighbourhoods with schools and parks and do not feel like you are in big city, but not typical suburban either. Quiet bedroom communities with access to great services (express bus routes, etc)
Some places in Gatineau are kind of rough.
E-mail me if you want to ask more specific questions ([email protected]). Or look at the house I have for sale (lol! I know it would be too easy to sell to someone off a forum, I'm joking, but would be happy to give more info about Gatineau)

Cantley, Canada

#14 Aug 7, 2010
move to quebec and dred the tax man at the end of the year
look at it this way,having a mortgage of 300 dollars amonth more on the ottawa side or paying 3000 dollars more in tax at the end of the year because your a quebec resident.
at least onthe ottawa side if you sell your home you get the money back but on the quebec side you never get it back quebec government keeps it all.think about that.
i live in quebec and i regret it from day one.
Still trying to convince the wife lets get the &^%*% out of this place

Sainte-thérèse, Canada

#15 Aug 16, 2010
I'm very grateful to be living in Aylmer ! I live in a large home on a large lot, I'm surrounded by green spaces, we have a Marina at the end of Main street, we pay 65% less for electricity, our young famillies benefit from very very affordable daycare, we are ''politically'' correct, my kids are bilingual ! extensive bike paths, minutes to Gatineau park. foodie ? Westboro is right next door ...

but I am biased..... moving to aylmer dot com

Terrebonne, Canada

#16 Oct 26, 2010
Hello Joe, if you kids start school in English then they will be allowed to transfer to the English school board on the the Quebec side. If however, they have not started school at all and you and your spouse were both educated in the french program then they will have to attend the french school board. I think it's a good idea to rent for a bit in Ottawa to get them going in the english program and then their will be no problems for them to move over to the Western Quebec School Board.
I hope this information helps you in your decisions.
Monique real estate help from Gatineau Aylmer

Ottawa, Canada

#17 Oct 29, 2010
I just bought a house in the Plateau area of Gatineau. It is a super quick commut to downtown Ottawa (on weekends and evenings - not during rush hour) I speak English, and not a whole lot of french and I get along fine. It is close enough that you can still do things in Ottawa on a daily basis (i.e. work, fitness, team sports, concerts etc) Le Plateau neighbourhood has a lot of families, and it has been our experience that the houses are cheaper than in Ottawa, and you have the benfit of being centrally located (which is why we chose there). Also we have noticed the houses in our neighbourhood sell pretty quickly so that is good if you are thinkign of resale in the future. Since a lot of people who work in Ottawa live in Aylmer, there is a huge line up at the bridge, turning left off of Champlain Bridge, since Le Plateau is the opposite direction I do not have to wait that long. Although I work off-set hours so I don't have to be caught in rush hour often. I have heard that Le Plateau, and Manior de Trembles are the safest least that is what our reale estate agent told us when we were looking for our house (but we also wanted to be central) Good luck!
Rahima ottawa canada

Ottawa, Canada

#18 Apr 25, 2011
hi, can anyone tell me the standard of education in english version public schools in gatineau/hull/or aylmer? will there be any problem going to universities in ontario after school graduation? thanks

Ottawa, Canada

#19 May 24, 2011
Nev wrote:
My family is moving to Gatineau to buy a home but were wondering what parts of Gatineau are good places to live? What are the bad areas?
As long as you don't need medical care it is kind of the best of both worlds seeing as if you wish to live in Ottawa you have to be so rich to live with dignity that you could afford to sell and retire to Florida but...again, if you have family members with medical conditions assess the costs because you Will end up going to the Ontario side and spending some money out of pocket if that's the case....Unless you enjoy 12+ hour long ER wait times and hate the idea of having a family doctor.

Saint-laurent, Canada

#20 Jul 27, 2011
Hi, I plan to move to Gatineau coming September. I Wonder which best area to live in to be near Ottawa cos I plan to study at university of Ottawa. I have a kid . He speaks just English so, please tell me if there are daycares in English.

Saint-laurent, Canada

#21 Jul 28, 2011
Hello, I want to study English in gatineau but I do not if there are schools free there .please some body tell me where I can find theme after I move to gatineau thanks.

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