Snowshoeing

Grab your snowshoes

Gatineau Park

Enjoy a walk through a magnificent snowy forest in a conservation area just minutes from downtown Ottawa–Gatineau.

Greenbelt

Although most Greenbelt trails are used for cross-country skiing in the winter, there are some great spots for snowshoeing and walking. 

Gatineau Park #

Snowshoeing in Gatineau Park

Enjoy a walk through a magnificent snowy forest in a conservation area just minutes from downtown Ottawa–Gatineau. You will find 60 kilometres of snowshoe trails, varying in difficulty (rated from easy to difficult). Bring your own snowshoes, or rent ours! 

Trails

  • 60 kilometres of trails, ranging from easy to difficult
  • 8 starting points, providing access to 14 trails
  • 7 trails (28 kilometres) shared with snow bikers
  • 2 easy trails, accessible from the Visitor Centre
  • Trail maintenance undertaken before and during the season
  • Trails patrolled by professional and volunteer patrollers
  • Trail conditions and interactive map updated regularly

Conditions

Services

  • 8 parking lots
  • 4 starting points accessible via public transit: parking lots P1 and P2 via STO buses (daily), and parking lot P17 and the Visitor Centre via Transcollines (weekdays)
  • Day shelters, each equipped with a wood-burning stove, picnic tables and outhouses
  • Rest areas with fire pits and benches
  • Ready-to-camp units and campsites available to rent for overnight stays
  • Snowshoe rental available at the Visitor Centre (adult and child sizes)

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

Snowshoe Rental

Snowshoes can be rented at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre in Chelsea.

  • Monday to Friday, 9 am to 2:30 pm (last rental); must be returned by 3:30 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 3:30 pm (last rental); must be returned by 4:30 pm

2017–2018 Rates

Per hour: $9 
Per day: $28 
Overnight*: $40

* Camping guests only. Snowshoes must be returned by 1 pm the following day. 
Taxes included. Trail access not included.

Per hour: $7 
Per day: $19 
Overnight*: $40 

* Camping guests only. Snowshoes must be returned by 1 pm the following day. 
Taxes included. Trail access not included.

Events

Gatineau Park Winter Passes

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

Exclusive Offers for Gatineau Park Winter Season Pass Holders

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Winter Accommodations packages

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

Things to do

Cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing

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

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Snow biking

Snow biking

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.

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Greenbelt #

Greenbelt Trail Stony Swamp Snowshoe Track

Although most Greenbelt trails are used for cross-country skiing in the winter, there are some great spots for snowshoeing and walking. Access to trails is free.

Stony Swamp Conservation area

At Stony Swamp, the Jack Pine, Beaver, Chipmunk and Sarsaparilla trails are excellent for snowshoeing and walking.

This 3.1-kilometre trail includes three loops, and crosses three beaver ponds.

This 1.9-kilometre route connects to the Rideau Trail, a network of trails that goes all the way to Kingston, Ontario. With birdfeeders and an observation blind, the Beaver and Chipmunk trails are great for spotting wildlife.

Just under a kilometre in length, this loop has a dock extending onto a beaver pond.

Mer Bleue Conservation Area

Mer Bleue has two short loops that are ideal for snowshoeing or a winter walk.

Come and explore the heart of Mer Bleue on this 1.2-kilometre self-guided interpretation trail. With the new bird feeder installed by the trail, you are likely to see many birds.

This one-kilometre loop is located on the Dolman Ridge. The trail is shared with cross-country skiers.

Trail Courtesy

If you are walking or snowshoeing on trails used for cross-country skiing, please stay well to the side of the ski tracks.