Snow biking in Gatineau Park

Jump on your fat bike, and come out for a winter ride in a scenic conservation area, located just a few minutes from downtown Ottawa–Gatineau.

Snow biking in Gatineau Park

A total of 28 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. 

Trails

  • 28 kilometres of trails varying from slightly rolling to steep terrain
  • 4 starting points providing access to seven trails (numbers 64, 65, 66, 67, 70, 71 and 72)
  • 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

Services

  • 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

Fees

  • Fee required for trail access
  • Self-serve purchase of daily passes at all starting points (parking lots)
  • Season passes with many exclusive benefits and discounts

Rules and code of ethics

  • Ensure that your tire width is at least 9.4 cm (3.7 in.).
  • Wear your pass in plain view.
  • Yield to snowshoers. You have them to thank for the hard trails you use.
  • Keep off cross-country ski trails, except at designated crossings, and yield to skiers.
  • Avoid locking your rear wheel (skidding) on downhill runs; the ruts left behind can damage the trails.

Recommendations

  • Required depth of snow cover: 5 cm (2 inches) or more
  • Recommended tire pressure: 10 PSI or less
  • 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. 


Be considerate, and respect other Park users.


Gatineau Park Winter Passes

You can purchase a daily pass, or save with a season pass.

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Cross-country skiing

Gatineau Park has one of the largest networks of cross-country ski trails in North America. 

Snowshoeing

A network with 60 kilometres of varied trails, including straight trails and trail loops.  

Ski + Stay packages

This winter, extend your outdoor adventure by spending the night in Gatineau Park.