When it was amalgamated with Hull and three other small towns in 2002 to create the regional municipality of Gatineau, Buckingham lost none of its outward charm. A quaint village straddling the Du Lièvre River, where, come fall, the hills are ablaze with red maples, Buckingham is just 42 kilometres from Ottawa along Highway 50. For residents, that proximity affords the opportunity to enjoy a small-town atmosphere with all the advantages of being part of the National Capital Region. At the same time, Highways 309 and 315 lead north into a huge territory of rivers, lakes and rolling hills renowned for white-tailed deer, moose and black bear hunts. In good years, grouse are thick throughout the region and there are good flights of woodcock in the succession thickets on both sides of the Ottawa River. For the best Canada goose hunting, it’s a good idea to get a non-resident Ontario permit to hunt the fields on the other side of the river. Hungarian partridge are also more numerous over on the Ontario side. While the selection of hunting gear is limited in Buckingham, the surrounding region more than makes up for it with several large fishing and hunting outlets, as well as big-box stores that carry basic supplies. A couple of smaller shops—Boutique L’Archerot Plus Le Centre d’Armes à feu de l’Outaouais and Brabant et Philips Ltée—cater specifically to shooters and bowhunters.