Gatineau Park parkways closed for the season - Winter camping reservations open on November 1

Canada’s Capital Region - The National Capital Commission’s (NCC) Gatineau Park parkway network (Gatineau, Champlain, Fortune Lake and Philippe Lake parkways) and the Luskville Falls access road will close to motorists for the season on Sunday, October 28, 2018, at 6 pm. Cyclists, in-line skaters and pedestrians are asked to exercise caution.

The La Pêche Lake sector in Gatineau Park has been closed to motorists for the season since Thanksgiving Monday, October 8.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

From October 22 to 28, Gatineau Park parkways (Gatineau, Champlain, Fortune Lake and Philippe Lake) will be closed from 6 pm to 9 am due to temperature drops and risk of frozen/icy roads.

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.

Winter Accommodations/Camping

Skiers, snowshoers and snow bikers can add to their experience by spending the night in the Park, which offers four cabins, four yurts and four 4-season tents. For overnight stays during the week, a 30 to 50 percent discount is offered. More adventurous Park visitors can enjoy winter camping at Philippe Lake. Reservations for winter accommodations open on November 1.

Preseason rates for cross-country ski and snowshoe / snow bike season passes in Gatineau Park are in effect until November 4, 2018. Season passes also offer exclusive benefits and discounts from local businesses.

QUICK FACTS

  • Gatineau Park closes its parkways as a safety precaution, as the risk of frozen and icy roads increases with lower temperatures. Gatineau Park does not use salt or grit on the roadways as a measure to help protect the environmentally sensitive Park environment and vegetation.
  • The parkways in Gatineau Park close for the season on the fourth Sunday in October, at 6 pm and, barring contrary notifications, are expected to reopen on the first Friday in May (May 3, 2019) at noon.
  • The grounds of the Mackenzie King Estate will remain open all winter (access via Barnes Road).
  • Gatineau Park has one of the largest networks of winter trails in North America— located just minutes from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau. Outdoor enthusiasts can purchase a daily pass, or save and join the thousands who purchase a season pass each year. Gatineau Park season pass holders will enjoy exclusive offers at more than 20 local retailers, sports shops, restaurants, accommodations and well-being centres, simply by showing their season pass.

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