Gatineau Park parkway network to close to motorists

The NCC's Gatineau Park parkway network (Gatineau, Champlain, and Fortune Lake parkways) will close gradually to motorists for the season on Sunday, October 22, 2017, as of 5 pm. We ask cyclists, roller skaters and pedestrians to exercise caution.


The Philippe Lake and La Pêche Lake sectors in Gatineau Park are also closed to motorists for the season

During the winter season, Gatineau Park’s parkways become cross-country ski trails, offering magnificent scenery and some of the best ski conditions in North America. Other winter activities in the Park include snowshoeing, snow biking, winter hiking, overnight stays in ready-to-camp units and, for the more adventurous outdoor enthusiasts, winter camping.

Until December 10, 2017, take advantage of early bird rates for cross-country ski and snowshoe/snow bike season passes. These passes also offer exclusive benefits and discounts from local businesses.


  • The parkways in Gatineau Park close for the season on the fourth Sunday in October, at 5 pm, and barring contrary notifications, will reopen on the first Friday in May. Due to weather conditions, the 2018 reopening scheduled for May 4th has been postponed to May 18th.

  • The Mackenzie King Estate will remain open all winter.

  • Gatineau Park has one of the largest networks of winter trails in North America – located just minutes from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau. You can purchase a daily pass, or save with a season pass. Gatineau Park season pass holders also enjoy exclusive benefits at more than 20 partner locations and retailers.

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