With 165 kilometres of hiking trails, the Park has something for everyone.
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.
Sugarbush Trail, near the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre in Chelsea (1.9 km)
Lauriault Trail, near the Mackenzie King Estate (parking lot P6) (4.5 km)
Pioneers Trail, in the Hull sector of Gatineau (parking lot P3) (1.3 km)
Capital Pathway, in the Hull sector of Gatineau (parking lot P1 or P3) (1.6 km)
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.
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 slop 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 lookout on the Lauriault Trail and, in the spring, the lovely Bridal Veil Falls.
*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.