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The following information is gleaned from The Aylmer Road - An Illustrated History, by Diane Aldred.

Gatineau Bus Line owner, Alfred Aubry purchased the Hull Country Club from Aylmer Mayor George Nash in 1926. Aubry and his partner, Alexis Carrière changed the name to Gatineau Golf and Country Club in 1929, and hired golf professional, Gus Mullen to design the course. A stone house, built by the original property owner, William Grimes, was used as the clubhouse for golfers, and an enormous, barn-like, wooden structure was built behind the house as a night club for dancing and entertainment. The golf club closed annually in November, but the night club, which could hold 1,200 people, stayed open year round.

In 1939, the business was bought by three partners: Joe Saxe, owner of Saxe Shoes on Sparks Street; Hymie Kurt, of Evans and Kurt, stationers in Ottawa; and Harold Copeland, of Hull Iron and Steel. Saxe bought out his partners ten years later.

In its heyday, the night club claimed to have "the second best show to Broadway". In fact, the stars couldn't have been bigger: Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Oscar Peterson, the Mills Brothers, the Inkspots, Josephine Baker, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie among them. During the '40’s and '50’s, "The Gatineau" was a top supper club drawing patrons from miles around to eat, enjoy the entertainment, and dance to band music. In a spectacular blaze that could be seen for miles, the club burned to the ground on September 24, 1960. The rebuilt club was run more as a banquet hall than a night club.

In 1970, the Saxe family sold the golf course property to G.J. Simpson Construction. Richcraft Group of Companies, one of Ottawa’s largest home builders, bought the property in 1984 to construct a housing development in conjunction with a redesigned, 18-hole golf course and new clubhouse.


Gatineau Golf and Country Club clubhouse and rear night club, circa 1935.



The iconic Cab Calloway, Josephine Baker and Louis Armstrong were among the entertainers who performed at “The Gatineau” during the '40's and '50’s.
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GATINEAU GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB

160 Rue du Golf, Gatineau (Aylmer), QC  J9J 0R1
Telephone: 819-557-4411
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