Bouchette is one of the small communities of the Gatineau Valley, located in the heart of the Outaouais region, only a few dozens of kilometres away from Ottawa metropolitan area. Bouchette was created in 1980 after of two ancient villages - Bouchette et Cameron – merged to form a new community.
Today, Bouchette is home to about 700 people. Bouchette is situated in the geographic centre of the Gatineau Valley Regional County Municipality, 47 miles or 75 kilometres north of the Gatineau, and both the shores of the stunning Gatineau River and the western shores of Thirty-One Mile Lake are part of its territory.
Agriculture is an important economic activity here, but outdoor tourism provides a healthy and high quality environment to vacationers. Even when Bouchette has less than 800 permanent residents, there are approximately one thousand cottage owners who come to spend there their weekends.
Bouchette offers a number of services, such as a school, a post office, a grocery and hardware stores. As to restaurants and accommodation, guests can stay at Chalets Mike or Four Seasons, eat at Le Manoir or Bouchette, camp at Camping Paul inc. Bouchette was proclaimed as a township in 1858.
The village is named in honour of Surveyor General of Lower Canada Joseph Bouchette. The village Cameron, located on the edge of Cameron Lake, 4 kilometres from Bouchette, was proclaimed in 1854. Its name honours a well-known Canadian businessman and politician Malcolm Cameron.
More than 80% of the inhabitants speak French and the rest speak English in their families.