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.
You can walk your dog on these trails, but it must be kept on a leash.
(April 15 to November 15)
Great for birdwatching, it’s an easy one-kilometre walk.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Stony Swamp trails pass through woodlands, an old quarry with unusual geology, beaver ponds, beaver dams and an old lime kiln.
Southern Farm and Pinhey Forest has 6.4 kilometres of trails that pass through mixed, red maple and mature coniferous forests.
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.
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.
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
Please be courteous and respect the other trail users. Use only the trails designated for your activity.