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The Outaouais region did not experience significant development under the French Regime. Located upstream from the Lachine Rapids, the area was not easily accessible by water, and was thus left to hunters and trappers until the early 19th century and the beginning of forestry operations.


The modest wood-frame houses that line the streets of Hull are nicknamed "matchboxes" because they once housed many employees of the Eddy match factory, and because they have had more than their fair share of fires. In fact, Hull has burned so many times throughout its history that few of the town's historical buildings remain. Ottawa has the reputation of being a quiet city, while Hull is considered more of a fun town, essentially because legal drinking age is a year less and the bars stay open later in Québec. It is not uncommon to see crowds of Ontarians along the Promenade du Portage on Saturday nights.

Hull became the site of the magnificent Malecite moccassins Musée Canadien des Civilisations (100 rue Laurier, 819-776-7000), dedicated to the history of Canada's various cultural groups. If there is one museum that must be seen in Canada, it is this one. Douglas Cardinal of Alberta designed the museum's two striking curved buildings.Their undulating design brings to mind rock formations of the Canadian shield, shaped by wind and glaciers. There is a beautiful view of the Ottawa River and Parliament Hill from the grounds behind the museum. The Grande Gallerie (Great Hall) houses the most extensive collection of native totem poles in the world. Another collection brilliantly recreates different periods in Canadian history, from the arrival of the Vikings around AD 1000 to life in rural Ontario in the 19th century and French Acadia in the 17th century. Contemporary native art, as well as popular arts and traditional crafts are also on display.

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