Picnicking

Take a break from your outdoor adventures at one of the picnic areas in Gatineau Park or in the Greenbelt.

Greenbelt #

The National Capital Greenbelt in Ottawa is an ideal location for a small picnic. Escape to nature in the heart of Canada's Capital and stop for a snack in one of the Greenbelt’s great informal picnic areas. Three of the picnic areas are sheltered and all picnic areas have outhouses.

Shirleys Bay Conservation Area

At Shirleys Bay there are sheltered and unsheltered picnic areas by the Shoreline Trail.

Facilities

Washrooms

There is an outhouse by the Shoreline Trail picnic areas.

Parking

Free, year-round parking is available at the P1 parking lot.

Stony Swamp Conservation Area

Explore the trails at Stony Swamp and stop for a picnic at one of two picnic areas. There is an unsheltered picnic area by the Jack Pine Trail and both sheltered and unsheltered picnic areas by the Sarsaparilla Trail.

Facilities

Washrooms

There are outhouses by each of the picnic areas.

Parking

Free, year-round parking is available. Park at the P7 parking lot for the Sarsaparilla Trail and the P9 parking lot for the Jack Pine Trail.

Universal Accessibility

The Sarsaparilla Trail is a boardwalk and is universally accessible.

Southern Farm and Pinhey Forest

At Southern Farm and Pinhey Forest you will find an unsheltered picnic area near trails 32 and 33.

Facilities

Washrooms

There is an outhouse by trail 32 at the P15 parking lot.

Parking

Free, year-round parking is available at the P15 parking lot.

Mer Bleue Conservation Area

After taking a self-guided tour on the Mer Bleue Bog Trail, enjoy a picnic in one of the sheltered or unsheltered picnic areas by the P22 parking lot. There are also unsheltered picnic areas by the P20 and P21 parking lots, as well as one by Carlsbad Springs.

Facilities

Washrooms

There are outhouses by the Trail 51 and Mer Bleue Bog picnic areas.

Parking

Free, year-round parking is available at the P20, P21, P22 and P24 parking lots. Park at P22 for Mer Bleue Bog and at P24 for Carlsbad Springs.

Universal Accessibility

The Mer Bleue Bog Trail has a boardwalk that is universally accessible.

Pine Grove Forest

An unsheltered picnic area is located near at the P18 parking lot, by trails 43 and 44.

Facilities

Washrooms

There is a bathroom by the picnic area.

Parking

Free, year-round parking is available at the P18 parking lot.

Gatineau Park #

The Gatineau Park picnic areas are free, and most are accessible from mid-May to the first snowfall. Some picnic areas have barbecues that you can use (bring your own charcoal briquettes).

Picnic areas with a barbecue

  • Church Hill Picnic Area
  • Dunlop Picnic Area
  • Mulvihill Lake Picnic Area
  • Old Chelsea Picnic Area
  • Penguin Picnic Area
  • Luskville Falls Trail Picnic Area
  • Breton Beach
  • Parent Beach
  • La Pêche Lake beach

Other picnic areas

  • Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
  • Lauriault Trail
  • King Mountain Trail
  • Mackenzie King Estate
  • Étienne Brûlé Lookout
  • O’Brien Beach
  • Blanchet Beach
  • Smith Beach (for campers only)

Dry toilets are available at each picnic area.

Parking is available near each picnic area. (Vehicle access fees apply at beach parking lots.)

All picnic areas and dry toilets are universally accessible, with the exception of those at Church Hill, Luskville Falls Trail, Wolf Trail and O’Brien Beach.


Dogs and pets are not permitted in the Gatineau Park picnic areas. Consult our Regulations page for further details.