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Moving to Gatineau from Montreal


Important information that you must to know before to moving to Gatineau from Montreal. Gatineau Quebec is a city found in western Quebec. According to its population it’s considered the fourth largest city within the province.  Along with the city of Hull, the city of Gatineau sits directly across from the capital of Canada Ottawa in the province of Ontario. The estimated population sits around 301, 416. In 2002 the city was amalgamated merging Gatineau, Hull Buckingham, Masson-Angers and Aylmer into one city. Similar to its surrounding cities and other parts of the province of Quebec, Gatineau has a seventy-nine percent French speaking population followed by English with thirteen percent.

If the city of Gatineau has caught your eye, and you and your family have decided on making a transition from moving to Gatineau from Montreal, often with much preparation and planning, much of the moving involved can be very simple due to the short distance and traveling time from each city.

The distance from Montreal to Gatineau is approximately 212 kilometers, with about two hours and thirty-four minutes of driving, depending on your destined route. The most direct route to the city of Gatineau would start in Montreal along the Autoroute 720 West, until merging onto Autoroute 40 west toward Autoroute 520 Hull/Ottawa. Once passing provincial borders into Ontario, you will begin traveling on Ontario highway 417 West also apart of the Trans Canada Highway. Once in the city limits of Ottawa, there are important exits to keep an eye out for such as regional road 99 that will take you onto the Autoroute 5 into Gatineau. Ensuring you have the proper maps, exit descriptions or even a personal GPS system will ensure you do not make any mistakes during transit.  On route to Gatineau you will be passing by a number of different cities both in the province of Quebec and Ontario. It is important to keep an eye out for these cities to ensure you are still on the right route to your destination such as Kirkland, Vauderuil-sur-le-Lac, Radisson, Rigaud, Stardale, Casselman, Ramsayville, until making it into the city limits of Ottawa and re crossing provincial boundaries back into Quebec, passing the city of Hull to Gatineau.

If moving to Gatineau from Montreal for employment, the city offers many different government services from the federal government due to its close proximity to the nations capital Ottawa. However this is not always the main reason of many to move to this wonderful city. Often if your primarily French speaking and would like to take advantage of the post secondary education that is located in the city there are two main universities campuses and two junior provincial colleges. The Universite du Quebec, and the Universite du Quebec en Outaouais (UQO) both have a campus within the city. The two junior colleges are known as the francophone CEGEP de l’Outaouais and the Anglophone Heritage College. There is also the campus of the National autonomous University of Mexico within the city. There are a number of primary and secondary education in the English language but are under the jurisdiction of the Western Quebec School Board.

The city of Gatineau does offer a public transportation system with bus routes around the city and connecting to the city of Ottawa and surrounding communities such as Hull, Aylmer, Buckingham and Masson-Angers areas. The transportation service is called Societe De Transport De L’ Outaouais. Currently the services operate with 288 buses, 62 routes with almost 19.3 million riders each year. Monthly passes bought with this service are also valid with the OC transit system that operates within the city of Ottawa. The following web site can help residents in Gatineau with frequently asked questions along with planning your route within the city and neighboring communities.

If you have not already found a location within your new city to move to or the type of dwelling you prefer such as an apartment or home, there are many services online and within the city of Gatineau that can be used to your advantage ensuring you have made the right choice. If looking toward an apartment often doing some research on local by laws or provincial legislation is a great way to ensure that your not being taken advantage of by some landlords that may be operating within the city. Depending on your budget there are many different types of apartments that are listed online, so often it may come down to your preference such as being on a ground floor. If you are looking more along the lines of a home or condo, many of these properties are also listed online making it easier for those who plan on moving to Gatineau from other cities such as Montreal. 

Another tip to help people move to their city of choice is to visit the city much before your desired moving date. If you have a family, often taking them with you is a great way to make a weekend trip out of your obligation. Due to the amount of traveling to Gatineau from Montreal it sometimes would be a great way to take advantage of the food and accommodations within the city not only for your own purpose but to recommend some of these same places incase you have friends or family that might be coming to visit in the following months. Gatineau offers a wide variety of international cuisines such as Middle eastern, Chinese, Italian and a number of seafood restaurants for those who have a taste for this delicacy. If you have decided to stay for the weekend the city offers a number of hotels and motels that are not only affordable but excellent in service such as the Hilton Lac-Leamy, Holiday Inn Plaza la Chaudière, and Best Western just to mention a few.

No matter your choices on moving to Gatineau from Montreal, this city is full of opportinuites and a great transition from the city of Montreal, always plan ahead and do the proper research to ensure you and your family have made the right choice.

If deciding on a moving company from Montreal to assist in a move from Montreal to Gatineau, be sure to ask the company if they have any experience in the city of Gatineau and know their current traffic laws. 

If you want to move your piano or pool table to Gatineau from Montreal, ask if the movers have experience and all equipment for that!

Good Luck And Happy Moving!

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