Last updated: April 12, 2019


Highlights

The winter season in Gatineau Park is drawing to a close. Sunday, April 14, will be the last official day of grooming operations. Please note that the Park’s first aid patrollers will no longer be in service after this date. Weather permitting, the maintenance teams will work on refreshing the trail surfaces overnight Sunday to Monday morning, and then Mother Nature will take its course.

The thaw we have been experiencing, in combination with bare ice on the trails, has limited the skiable area to the parkways in some sectors, and a few trails such as Trail 1 and Trail 50. It is no longer possible to groom the Gatineau Parkway from Parking Lot P3 to the intersection with the Champlain Parkway or the trails in the southern sector, or Champlain Parkway between Huron Lookout and Champlain Lookout.

The weekend will be impacted by very warm temperatures after the rain forecast for tonight. There is no expectation of snow on the horizon. Our teams are planning to start working later, and will finish grooming in the morning. Plan your outings for the morning to take advantage of firmer trail surfaces.

Maintenance Team

Over the next two nights, our teams are planning to groom the following:

  • Fortune Lake Parkway, Champlain Parkway (up to Huron Lookout) and Gatineau Parkway from the intersection with Champlain Parkway to P9
  • In the southern sector, Trail 1, from Fortune Lake Parkway to McKinstry Shelter
  • In the northern sector, trails 50 (from P19 to the camping area), 54 and 55 (Chemin du Lac-Taylor)
The following starting points are recommended this weekend: P5, P6, P8, P9, P10 and P19

Back-Country Trails

The back-country trails are no longer recommended because of ice, water and debris on trail surfaces. Downhill sections are dangerous. Note that it is now not possible to cross some creeks, and there are ponds on trails 11, 20 and 34 that cannot be crossed.



The winter season in Gatineau Park is drawing to a close. Sunday, April 14, will be the last official day of grooming operations. Please note that the Park’s first aid patrollers will no longer be in service after this date. 

Following the assessment by the patrol this week, snowshoe trails remain recommended, except for the Leamy Creek Pathway and the northern section of Trail 71. Holes filled with water have formed here and there. Creeks are exposed on the Wolf Trail, but they can easily be crossed. 

In the southern sector, access to Trail 65 is possible only via Trail 66. In the northern sector, since P15 is no longer a starting point for the rest of the season, trails 70 and 71 can be accessed via Trail 72 at P17.

If you wish to hike after the snowshoe season: in order to allow the trails to dry out for the spring, we would ask that, during this period of spring thawing, you remain on the four winter hiking trails or on trails with a paved surface: such as trails 5, 27, 50 (from P19 to Trail 55) and the Gatineau Parkway, from P3 (Gamelin) to the intersection with the Champlain Parkway. Skiers will still be using the natural-surface trails and other sections of the parkways. We will continue to advise regarding trails that are favourable for hiking during the spring season.

Recommended starting points for snowshoeing this weekend: Visitor Centre, P1, P6, P13, P17 and P19




The winter season in Gatineau Park is drawing to a close. Sunday, April 14, will be the last official day of grooming operations. Please note that the Park’s first aid patrollers will no longer be in service after this date.

With the rain forecast for tonight and the milder nights expected on the weekend, snow biking trails, and snow biking starting points will not be recommended.

In order to allow the trails to dry out, we would like to remind you that, during the spring thawing, biking is permitted only on trails and roads with a paved surface: trails 5, 27, 50 (from P19 to Trail 55) and the Gatineau Parkway from P3 to the intersection with the Champlain Parkway. Skiers will still be using the natural-surface trails and other sections of the parkways. We would like to remind you that mountain biking season begins on May 15 in Gatineau Park. Bikes, including fat bikes, are not permitted on the natural-surface trails before this date.



The Sugarbush Trail was compacted on Friday morning for winter hiking. It is no longer possible to groom the other trails.

In order to allow the trails to dry out, we would ask that, during this period of spring thawing, you remain on the four winter hiking trails or on trails with a paved surface: such as trails 5, 27, 50 (from P19 to Trail 55) and the Gatineau Parkway, from P3 (Gamelin) to the intersection with the Champlain Parkway. Skiers will still be using the natural-surface trails and other sections of the parkways. We will continue to advise regarding trails that are favourable for walking during the spring season.

Recommended starting point this weekend: Visitor Centre



Different trails for different activities

Be considerate of other users. Use only the trails designed for your activity. Thank you for your cooperation!

Take care, and happy spring to all!