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.
At Shirleys Bay there are sheltered and unsheltered picnic areas by the Shoreline Trail.
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.
At Southern Farm and Pinhey Forest you will find an unsheltered picnic area near trails 32 and 33.
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.
An unsheltered picnic area is located near at the P18 parking lot, by trails 43 and 44.
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).
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.