Moving from Montreal to Gatineau

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Important information to know before moving to Gatineau from Montreal. Gatineau is a city in western Quebec. According to its population, the city of Gatineau is considered the fourth largest city in the province. Like the city of Hull, the city of Gatineau is located just opposite the capital of Canada, Ottawa, in the province of Ontario.

The estimated population is around 301,416. In 2002, the city was merged creating a municipal merger with Gatineau, Hull Buckingham, Masson-Angers and Aylmer. Similar to neighboring towns and other parts of the province of Quebec, Gatineau has a largely French-speaking population: seventy-nine percent of residents having French as their first language versus thirteen percent having English as their spoken language.

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If the city of Gatineau has caught your eye and you have decided to move there, with a little preparation and planning, your move to Gatineau from Montreal would be easier due to the short distance and travel time between each city. The distance between Montreal and Gatineau is approximately 212 km, with approximately 2 hours and 34 minutes of driving time which may vary depending on your destination-related itinerary. The most direct route to Gatineau would begin in Montreal along Highway 720 West, until it merges with Highway 40 West which heads to Highway 520 Hull/Ottawa. Once you cross the provincial borders into Ontario, you will begin traveling on Ontario's Highway 417 West, thus being off the Trans-Canada Highway. Once you are within the Ottawa city limits, there are important exits that you should keep a watchful eye out for to miss these exits, such as Regional Road 99 which takes you onto Highway 5 towards Gatineau. Make sure you have proper route maps, outing descriptions or even a personal GPS system that will help you avoid mistakes during the trip. On the road to Gatineau you will pass through various cities both in the province of Quebec and in Ontario. It is important to take note of these cities to ensure that you are always on the right route to your destination; towns like Kirkland, Vauderuil-sur-le-Lac, Radisson, Rigaud, Stardale, Casselman, Ramsayville, to Ottawa city limits, crossing Quebec provincial borders, you will pass the city of Hull towards Gatineau .

If you are moving to Gatineau from Montreal for employment, the city offers many government services at the federal level due to its proximity to the capital Ottawa. However, this is not always the main reason why many people move to this wonderful city.

If you are French-speaking and would like to take advantage of post-secondary education in the city, there are two main university campuses and two provincial junior colleges. The University of Quebec and the University of Quebec in Outaouais (UQO) both have a campus in the city. The two junior colleges are known as CEGEP Francophone de l'Outaouais and Anglophone Heritage College. There is also the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico in the city. There are also a number of elementary and secondary schools in English, but they are under the jurisdiction of the Western Quebec School Board.

The city of Gatineau has a public transportation system with bus lines around the city that connect Gatineau to the city of Ottawa and surrounding communities such as Hull, Aylmer, Buckingham and Masson-Angers. The transport service is called the Société de Transport de l'Outaouais. Currently, the service operates with 288 buses, 62 lines and nearly 19.3 million passengers annually. Monthly transit passes are available which are also valid with the OC transit system which operates within the City of Ottawa.

If you haven't yet found a place to live in your new city, or the type of accommodation you prefer, such as an apartment or a house, there are many services online and within the city of Gatineau which you can take advantage of to make a good choice.

When looking for accommodation, research local laws and provincial legislation at the same time, as this is a great way to avoid some landlords taking advantage of the fact that you are a newcomer to the city.

Depending on your budget, there are different types of accommodations that are listed online. Sometimes you may have a preference, for example, to live on the ground floor. If you search a little more, you will find a complete list of houses or condos that will suit you best and can make the move easier for those planning to move to Gatineau from another city like Montreal.

Another tip to help people moving from Montreal to Gatineau is to visit the city well before the final move to Gatineau. If you have a family, taking a few family members with you would be a great way to have a family weekend while seeing the city. It would also be a great idea to take advantage of the food and hotels in the city, not only for yourselves but also to recommend these same places to friends or family who may come to visit you in the following months.

The city of Gatineau offers a wide variety of international cuisines such as Oriental, Chinese, Italian cuisine and many seafood restaurants for those who have a taste for this delicacy. If you have decided to spend the weekend in Gatineau, the city has a considerable number of hotels and motels that not only have an affordable price, but offer excellent service: the Hilton Lac-Leamy hotel, the Holiday Inn Plaza la Chaudière, and Best Western, to name but a few.

Whatever your choice, the city of Gatineau is a city full of opportunities and a great destination from the city of Montreal. For the best choice, always do proper research and plan your move well in advance.

Best price for your move from Montreal to Gatineau. Moving could be a messy affair, with many steps involved to ensure everything goes smoothly and with great care and precision. Thus, finding a moving company reliable and experienced in Montreal in long distance moving is very important. 

If you have a piano to move from Montreal to Gatineau or a pool table, ask if the movers have experience and all the equipment needed for moving!

Good luck and happy moving!