Gatineau Park offers some 200 kilometres of official trails for hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and skiing. But it also has an unofficial trail network that exceeds the Park’s official network, and continues to grow.
The unofficial trail network that has developed over the years is having a significant environmental impact on sensitive habitats in this conservation park. To address this issue, we are seeking to reduce the overall negative impacts on the Park’s ecological health, while improving the trail network to meet user needs. This exercise will influence the review of the Gatineau Park Master Plan
Meet our environmental obligations
Enrich the recreational offer
Several information documents are available if you would like to learn more about the proposed new trail network. Please see Maps and Publications section.
The NCC has held several workshops and sessions with interest groups, stakeholders, residents’ associations and elected officials to share information and find solutions to reduce the environmental impact caused by the use of unofficial trails.
Round 1: Kickoff workshops presented the issues
Round 2: Workshop on protected habitats and collaboration options
Round 3: Workshops on specific user groups’ needs and level of involvement
Round 4: Sessions on proposed changes to the trail network
We will report on the changes to be made to the Park’s trail network, following the spring 2017 consultations. Stay tuned.
The results of these consultations will also inform the review of the 2005 Gatineau Park Master Plan, due to begin in 2017.