Catherine Bouchard

Communications Assistant

When Mother Nature decides it’s time to chill, and spreads her blanket of white, we know that the holiday season is approaching. We see less of the sun, and the days are shorter. We decorate our homes, and put up festive lights to brighten this darker time of year. And we also start thinking about the festive season and treats for our family and friends.

Looking for gift ideas for the outdoor enthusiasts on your list? This year, give them the gift of nature — with some of these great ideas for getting out and enjoying Gatineau Park. Whether you’d like to offer someone an opportunity to discover the Park, or treat someone who is an experienced trail user, there’s something for all tastes and budgets.

Find your happy place — and share it!

A personalized gift: A special outing in the Park

Again this year, you can personalize your gift coupon, and offer an outing or activity of your choice.

  • A getaway on one of the largest networks of cross-country ski trails in North America.
  • A snowshoe hike though a snowy evergreen forest.
  • A hike on the Sugarbush Trail, from the Visitor Centre, followed by a hot chocolate in the picturesque village of Old Chelsea.
  • No equipment? No problem! Snowshoes, cross-country skis and fat bikes are available for rent at the Relais plein air. While you’re there, enjoy a beverage and a hot meal at the Café des sentiers. A gift that’s sure to please!

Just use your imagination, and give someone special an outing to discover the Park.

Important: The gift coupon can be printed and personalized, but has no monetary value. There is a fee to access the cross-country ski, snowshoe and snow biking trails in Gatineau Park. Purchase day passes online, at trailheads (exact change), at the Visitor Centre or at the Relais plein air. It is also possible to borrow a free pass from the library.

A popular gift: A season pass

Slip a season pass under the tree. Save time and money after the 10th ski outing, or the 6th snowshoe or winter bike outing. Make sure you have all the necessary information ready: name, address, date of birth and photo.

An original gift: Baggage delivery to a ready-to-camp unit

Know someone who has reserved an overnight stay in the Park this winter? Make their life easier by having their bags and bottled water delivered to their ready-to-camp unit. It’s a nice extra that they’ll love! For reservations (must be 48 hours in advance): 819-827-2020 (option 3, Demsis). It’s so easy to make their stay even more enjoyable!

A practical gift: A trail map

Looking for a little stocking stuffer? Our winter and summer trail maps are the perfect gifts for those who want to explore the four corners of the Park.

Reminder: Some trails are designated for only one type of activity, while others are shared. Use the map to find out which trails to take for your activity.

Happy Holidays!