The three French-language school boards in Gatineau are Commission scolaire des Portages-de-l'Outaouais, the Commission scolaire au Coeur-des-Vallées, and the Commission scolaire des Draveurs. The Western Quebec School Board operates English-language schools in the area. Examples of schools in the city include École Côte-du-Nord, École de l’Amérique-Française, École des Cavaliers, Saint-Michel, Buckingham Elementary School, Philemon Wright High School, and Symmes Junior High School. There are also private school options in the city.
Post-secondary institutions in the city include Cégep de l'Outaouais, which offers programs in education, technology, engineering, business, accounting, graphic arts, communications, and healthcare; Heritage College, with courses in education, nursing, information technology, accounting, and tourism; and Université du Québec en Outaouais (undergraduate and postgraduate programs).
The Canadian Museum of History has over a million visitors per year, making it the most visited museum in Canada. The museum has a number of displays and exhibits, some permanent and some travelling, that focus on various historical aspects of Canada and its people. The museum also has an IMAX theatre and a separate children’s museum with plenty of hands-on activities.
Jacques-Cartier Park offers recreational paths for walking and cycling, views of the Ottawa River and Rideau Falls, and the Hull Marina. The park was built in the 1930s and was named after one of Canada’s early explorers. It includes over 22 hectares of greenspace.
The city is also home to a number of other parks, historic sites, and community and recreational centres.