Hiking and walking

Whether you are new to the activity or already an avid hiker, Gatineau Park and the Greenbelt are excellent spots for a nature hike.

Three-season trails

(April 15 to November 15)

Lac-des-Fées Pathway

Great for birdwatching, it’s an easy one-kilometre walk.

Pioneers Trail

Learn about early settlers in the Outaouais region, as you walk along this short (1.3 km), easy trail. The trail starts at the Gatineau Park Welcome Area, located near Gamelin Street, and is universally accessible.

Pink Lake Trail

This 2.5-kilometre trail offers a moderate challenge, as it follows the shores of the beautiful, meromictic Pink Lake. Note that the ecosystem in this area is delicate and protected. Do your part to preserve Pink Lake: please stay on the trails and do not pick flowers. Dogs and pets are not allowed on this trail.

King Mountain Trail

A challenging 1.9 kilometres, King Mountain Trail climbs to the top of the Eardley Escarpment, 300 metres above the Ottawa Valley floor, and rewards you with a spectacular view. The trail features 10 lookouts, and a series of interpretation panels providing information about the forest environment along the trail. Dogs and pets are not permitted on King Mountain Trail.

Champlain Trail

A moderate challenge, the trail is a 1.3-kilometre loop at the top of the Eardley Escarpment. Along the trail, you can learn about the unique plants that grow here. Stop at the Champlain Lookout, and learn about the geological history of the area.

Luskville Falls Trail

Not for the faint of heart! This 4.5-kilometre trail is very challenging, with steep hills and a 290-metre climb up the rocky slope of the Eardley Escarpment. Along the way, learn about plants and trees on the Escarpment, the most spectacular ecosystem in Gatineau Park. Dogs and pets are not permitted on this trail.

Lauriault and Waterfall trails loop

A moderately challenging trail located near the Mackenzie King Estate, the loop runs a total of three kilometres. Take in the lovely Bridal Veil Falls at the end of the trail and the lookout on the Lauriault Trail.

There are parking lots and toilet facilities (some dry toilets) located near most trails. Some trails also have picnic tables and barbecue pits. Your leashed dog is welcome on most trails in Gatineau Park.

Winter hiking in Gatineau Park

In the winter, most trails are dedicated to cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. However, there are four trails (about 10 kilometres) available for winter hiking. These trails are mechanically groomed once a week, usually on Friday.

  • Sugarbush Trail, near the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre in Chelsea
  • Lauriault Trail, near the Mackenzie King Estate (parking lot P6)
  • Pioneers Trail, in the Hull sector of Gatineau (parking lot P3)
  • Capital Pathway, in the Hull sector of Gatineau (parking lot P1 or P3)

You can walk your dog on these trails, but it must be kept on a leash.

Shirleys Bay Trails and Pathways

In the Shirleys Bay area there are 7 km of hiking trails, as well as 19.3 kilometres of pathways for walking. The trails in Shirleys Bay are part of the Trans Canada Trail. When hiking or walking through the Shirleys Bay Conservation Area, you will see fallow fields, young forests and the Ottawa River.

Facilities

  • There is an outhouse by the P1 parking lot.
  • Free, year-round parking is available at the P1, P2 and P3 parking lots.
  • There are sheltered and unsheltered picnic areas at the P1 parking lot by the Shoreline Trail.
  • The Watts Creek Pathway and the Greenbelt Pathway West are universally accessible.

Stony Swamp Trails

Stony Swamp has 40.9 kilometres of hiking trails which connect to the Trans Canada Trail and the Rideau Trail. The following trails have boardwalks

  • Jack Pine Trail
  • Beaver and Chipmunk Trails
  • Sarsaparilla Trail
  • Old Quarry Trail

Stony Swamp trails pass through woodlands, an old quarry with unusual geology, beaver ponds, beaver dams and an old lime kiln.

Facilities

  • There are outhouses by many Stony Swamp trails. See the map for more details.
  • Free, year-round parking is available at the P4 to P13 parking lots.
  • There is a picnic area by the Jack Pine Trail and a sheltered picnic area by the Sarsaparilla Trail.
  • The Sarsaparilla Trail is universally accessible.

Southern Farm and Pinhey Forest Trails

Southern Farm and Pinhey Forest has 6.4 kilometres of trails that pass through mixed, red maple and mature coniferous forests.

Facilities

  • There is an outhouse by trail 32 at the P15 parking lot.
  • Free, year-round parking is available at the P14 and P15 parking lots.

Pine Grove Trails

The Pine Grove area has 18.4 kilometres of hiking trails. This large forested area has a mix of native woods and plantations. Pine Grove Forest is an important wildlife habitat and includes a self-guided forestry interpretation trail and a tree-identification arboretum.

Facilities

  • There is an outhouse by Trail 43.
  • Free, year-round parking is available at the P16, P17, P18 and P19 parking lots.

Mer Bleue Trails

At Mer Bleue there are 21.7 kilometres of hiking trails. A great hike is the six-kilometre forest trail that goes up to a sandy escarpment that overlooks the bog. The Mer Bleue Bog Trail is a boardwalk that allows you to explore the heart of the bog and discover its many interesting facets.

Facilities

  • There is an outhouse by the Mer Bleue Bog Trail and trail 51.
  • Free, year-round parking is available at the P20, P21, P22 and P23 parking lots.
  • There are unsheltered picnic areas at the P20 and P21 parking lots and a sheltered picnic area by the Mer Bleue Bog Trail, at the P22 parking lot.
  • The Mer Bleue Bog Trail is universally accessible

Green’s Creek Trails and Pathways

At Green’s Creek there are 5.5 kilometres of trails that cut through clay and post-glacial fossils from the ancient Champlain Sea. Natural lookouts offer striking views of the Green’s Creek valley. The Greenbelt Pathway East offers 4.6 kilometres of paths for walking and connects to the Ottawa River Pathway

Facilities

  • Free, year-round parking is available at the P24 and P25 parking lots.
  • The Greenbelt Pathway East is universally accessible.