Trail Network Map and Conditions
A total of 29.5 kilometres of snow bike trails, which are shared with snowshoers, are located in the south and northeast sectors of the Park. The sport of snow biking (fat biking) has been increasing in popularity in recent years. The NCC works in partnership with the Ottawa Mountain Bike Association to offer this activity on its trails.
- 29.5 kilometres of trails varying from slightly rolling to steep terrain
- 4 starting points providing access to eight trails (numbers 65, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, 72 and 76)
- Trails shared with snowshoers
- Trail maintenance undertaken before and during the season
- Trails patrolled by professional and volunteer patrollers
- Trail conditions and interactive map updated regularly
- 4 parking lots
- 3 starting points accessible via public transit: parking lots P1 and P2 via STO buses (daily), and parking lot P17 via Transcollines (weekdays)
- Day shelters each equipped with a wood-burning stove, picnic tables and outhouses
- Rest areas with fire pits and benches
- Brown Lake Cabin, accessible by fat bike, available to rent for overnight stays
- Fat bikes available for rent at some local retailers
- Fee required for trail access
- Self-serve purchase of daily passes at all starting points (parking lots) and the Visitor Centre
- Season passes with many exclusive benefits and discounts; on sale at the Visitor Center or online
- Wear your pass in plain view.
- Your tire width must be at least 9.4 cm (3.7 inches).
- Your tire pressure must be 10 psi or less.
- The depth of compacted snow on the trails must be 5 cm (2 inches) or more.
- Get off the trails
- if your tracks are deeper than 2.5 cm (1 inch)
- if you have trouble steering in a straight line
- if snow conditions are such that you have to walk your bike up small, easy hills.
- Keep off cross-country ski trails, except at designated crossings, and yield to skiers.
- Yield to snowshoers. You have them to thank for the hard trails you use.
- Avoid locking your rear wheel (skidding) on downhill runs; the ruts left behind can damage the trails.
Camping and accomodations
This winter, extend your outdoor adventure by spending the night in Gatineau Park.