Gatineau Park

Gatineau Park, just 15 minutes from Parliament Hill, is the Capital’s conservation park.

Covering 36,131 hectares (361 square kilometres), the Park lies in an area where the Canadian Shield meets the St. Lawrence Lowlands and where the Ottawa River meets the Gatineau River. With its unique and diversified ecosystems and heritage features, Gatineau Park is a prime destination that attracts some 2.7 million visits each year.

Fall Rhapsody

Fall Rhapsody

Come and enjoy the spectacular fall colours on display throughout Gatineau Park. In addition to the popular spots in the Park’s southern sector, many other unique and fascinating places offer magnificent views — as well as being great spots to have a picnic in nature, take a walk in the woods or enjoy a bike ride. 

Places to Visit

Mackenzie King Estate

Mackenzie King Estate

The Mackenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park is a precious Canadian legacy. This 231-hectare country estate belonged to Canada’s 10th and longest-serving prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King. After spending almost 50 years...

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Eardley Escarpment

Eardley Escarpment

The Eardley Escarpment is home to the richest and most fragile ecosystem in Gatineau Park, primarily because of its geology and location. The Escarpment is the dividing line between the rock of the Canadian Shield, which covers more than...

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King Mountain

King Mountain

Hike up Gatineau Park’s King Mountain Trail, and take in the spectacular view of the Ottawa River Valley. The 1.9-kilometre King Mountain Trail has interpretation panels and 10 lookouts.

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Lusk Cave

Lusk Cave

Gatineau Park’s Lusk Cave is a superb marble cave and natural geological phenomenon that has been thousands of years in the making.

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Pink Lake

Pink Lake

Pink Lake is Gatineau Park’s most outstanding lake, because of its unusual makeup. Of rare beauty, the lake and its surroundings offer the opportunity to relax while learning about the ecology of the site. Despite having the name “Pink,”...

Visit Pink Lake
Scenic Lookouts

Scenic Lookouts

Do you wish to explore Gatineau Park by car or bike? Enjoy stunning views of the Ottawa Valley from scenic lookouts along the Champlain and Gatineau Parkways.

Explore the scenic lookouts
Gatineau Park Map

Discover Gatineau Park

The National Capital Region's conservation park, has many unique and diversified ecosystems and heritage features. Discover the Park’s key points of interest on the map tour.

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Road closures in Gatineau Park

Gatineau Park’s parkways and access roads are sometimes closed.

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Activities and Events

Fall Rhapsody

Fall Rhapsody

This fall, discover Gatineau Park in a new way!

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The “Haunted Walk Experience” at the Mackenzie King Estate

The “Haunted Walk Experience” at the Mackenzie King Estate

The Mackenzie King Estate invites you to the Haunted Walk Experience this summer, in the heart of Gatineau Park.

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Walk with the Ottawa Voyageurs Walking Club

Walk with the Ottawa Voyageurs Walking Club

Join the Ottawa Voyageurs Walking Club in their 18th annual event open to everyone.

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Camping and Accommodations

Make your camping stay a memorable one at Gatineau Park – just minutes from downtown Ottawa-Gatineau. Choose from over 300 campsites or book one of our popular ready-to-camp units. 

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Things to do

Cycling in the Capital

Cycling in the Capital

One of the best ways to explore Ottawa–Gatineau is by bike.

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Swimming in Gatineau Park

Swimming in Gatineau Park

Come and cool off at one of the many beaches in Gatineau Park. Relax and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the natural environment.

Take the plunge!
Fishing

Fishing

Grab your fishing rod, and head out to Gatineau Park. You can fish in any lake in the Park, with the exception of Pink Lake, Harrington Lake (Lac Mousseau) and Édouard Lake. Don’t forget your Quebec fishing permit!

Grab your fishing rod
Dog walking

Dog walking

Enjoy many scenic trails with your dog.

Walk your dog
In-line skating

In-line skating

Grab your in-line skates and head for the hills!

Grab your in-line skate
Picnicking

Picnicking

Take a break from your outdoor adventures at one of Gatineau Park’s 15 picnic areas.

Take a break
Hiking and walking

Hiking and walking

Whether you are new to the activity or already an avid hiker, Gatineau Park is an excellent spot for a nature hike. With 165 kilometres of hiking trails, the Park has something for everyone.

Walk in the nature
Rock climbing

Rock climbing

The Eardley Escarpment in Gatineau Park offers 64 climbing routes on five rock faces that are accessible year-round. You can climb to a height of 300 metres, and enjoy a view overlooking the Ottawa Valley.​

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Guided Tours and Activities

Guided Tours and Activities

Enjoy the tranquility of being in nature with a choice of guided and self-guided tours through some of the Capital’s most beautiful green spaces. Bring your class to explore the Great Outdoors in Gatineau Park.

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Boating

Boating

How would you like to spend the afternoon canoeing on a lake surrounded by nature? Meech Lake, Philippe Lake and La Pêche Lake in Gatineau Park are perfect places for canoeing and kayaking.

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Information #

Gatineau Park Visitor Centre

Gatineau Park Visitor Centre

33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Quebec J9B 1R5

Hours of operation
April 30 to November 3
Daily, 9 am to 5 pm

Telephone
819-827-2020 or 1-866-456-3016 (toll-free)

TTY: 613-239-5090 or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free)
Emergency Line (24-hour): 613-239-5353

Gatineau Park Welcome Area

P3 parking lot, Gatineau Parkway,
Gatineau, QC 

Hours
Open from May 20 to October 15, 2017

Summer
Weekends, 10 am to 5 pm

Fall
Weekends: 10 am to 5 pm
Labour Day: 10 am to 5 pm
Thanksgiving Monday: 10 am to 5 pm

Winter
Closed

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