Last updated: December 6, 2019

Despite recent snowfalls, Gatineau Park trails and parkways remain icy. These conditions are making it difficult for winter recreational activities. Trail conditions are better in certain areas, identified below. Please be cautious.

Maintenance and patrol operations are once again being carried out on snowmobile on the parkways. Use of vehicles is being kept to a minimum.

Weather forecasts call for some rain early next week, followed by a significant freeze. This will most probably lead to more icy trail conditions. A substantial snowfall is needed to improve the conditions over the entire network. With the ground now frozen, the snow will stay, once we receive larger accumulations.

Park users are asked to obey the signage posted in the parking lots and at trail entrance points.


Highlights

The maintenance team has assessed the conditions on the parkways.

  • The snow base on the Gatineau Parkway and Champlain Parkway (between the Gatineau Parkway and the entrance to the Mackenzie King Estate) is still very icy. Conditions are making skiing difficult.
  • Snow is adhering better on the Champlain Parkway between the entrance to the Mackenzie King Estate and Champlain Lookout, as well as on the Fortune Lake Parkway. Ski conditions are better in these areas.
  • An accumulation of at least 5 cm is needed before grooming can resume on the parkways.

Update on ongoing work and trail closures in effect in the Park:

  • The project to replace the bridge on Trail 50 is ongoing. Work is expected to continue until early January 2020. During this work, parking lot P16 and the section of Trail 50 between the parking lot and the intersection with Trail 36 will remain closed.
  • Pruning and clearing work has been done on trails 2, 6, 9, 22, 29, 36 south and 38. Back-country Trail 7 and 15 between Barnes Road and the Mackenzie King Estate remain closed for pruning and clearing work. Please obey the signage in place. Also, please note that the back-country trail accessing the Carbide Willson ruins from Trail 36 is closed for the season.

Trail Conditions

The entire trail network is currently not recommended.

Please be considerate of other users. Use only the trails designed for your activity.



    Highlights

    A light layer of snow covers a hard, icy base. Trails are not recommended.

    Please be considerate of other users. Use only the trails designed for your activity.



    Trail Conditions

    A light layer of snow covers a hard, icy base. Snow biking trails are very slippery, and are not recommended.

    Please be considerate of other users. Use only the trails designed for your activity.


    Trail Conditions

    A light layer of snow covers a hard, icy base on the four trails designed for winter hiking. Please be cautious.

    Please be considerate of other users. Use only the trails designed for your activity.


    Different trails for different activities

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