Last updated on: October 22, 2020
Since the onset of COVID-19, the NCC has worked to provide public access to its assets while respecting public health directives. To date, this has meant enjoying the outdoors while ensuring safe physical distancing.
The NCC’s Framework for Public Use of Its Assets has been easing toward greater access to our assets. In doing so, we will stay responsive to public health directives and measures by provincial authorities, as they happen, and will continue consultations with local municipalities.
We are currently in Phase 2 of the NCC’s Framework for Public Use of Its Assets.
Here’s an overview of the three-phase approach:
- Phase 1 – Local use only, with the introduction of partial closure to motor vehicles on NCC parkways to help with physical distancing.
- Phase 2 – Broader public access to assets for both local and other users.
- Phase 3 – Regular use of assets.
In all cases
Users must practise physical distancing (stay two metres apart), and follow NCC-specific rules to ensure that everyone can enjoy our assets safely.
Dogs are permitted on most NCC trails and in most NCC parks, but they must be kept on leash at all times. They are permitted off leash in designated areas and parks.
During Phase 1 and 2 of the NCC’s Framework for Public Use of Its Assets, sections of our parkways were closed to motor vehicle traffic, and open for pedestrians and cyclists, as pilot projects. These pilot projects were an enormous success — allowing over 600,000 visits through the end of September.
The pilot projects on the Ontario Parkways are now over. The Gatineau Park project continues until October 25, 2020.
- Gatineau Parkway, Champlain Parkway and Fortune Lake Parkway
- Everyday until noon, until Monday, October 25, 2020.
- From Monday to Friday, from 6 am until 5 pm, Fortune Lake Parkway will be closed to all users, due to work being undertaken at Champlain Lookout.
On the Gatineau Park parkways, the Highway Safety Code applies at all times.
As we are now in Phase 2 of the NCC’s Framework for Public Use of Its Assets, Gatineau Park is accessible for broader public use.
The Gatineau Park Visitor Centre is open for information services and the sale of trail maps. Its washrooms, exhibits, lunch room and meeting rooms remain closed until further notice.
- The Gatineau Parkway, the Champlain Parkway and the Fortune Lake Parkway are open for active use until noon, seven days a week until Sunday, October 25, 2020.
- The Fortune Lake Parkway is closed to all traffic weekdays, from 6 am to 5 pm, to carry out the repairs to the Champlain Lookout.
- In the month of October, during work on Chemin du Lac-Meech, the North Loop will be open to motor vehicles at all times, Monday to Thursday.
Maps illustrating access to the Gatineau Park parkways
- At all times: P1, P2, P3, P5, P6 (Mackenzie King Estate), P7, P8, P9*, P11, P12, P13, Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, Old Chelsea Picnic Area, Dunlop Picnic Area, P16, P17, P19, Breton Beach, Parent Beach, Church Hill Picnic Area and Luskville Falls Trail
- Seven days a week, starting at noon: Étienne-Brûlé Lookout, Huron Lookout, King Mountain, Lauriault Trail, Mulvihill Lake, Penguin Picnic Area, Pink Lake Lookout, Pink Lake Trail, Waterfall Trail and P6 (Mackenzie King Estate) from the Champlain Parkway
- On weekends, starting at noon: Fortune Lake and Keogan
* Closed during work on Meech Lake Road.
Outhouses, sanitary blocks and picnic areas are open. Day shelters remain accessible for emergencies only.
Fall Rhapsody – Until October 25, 2020
Gatineau Park often reaches visitor capacity in the fall. For the best and safest experience, visit during the week or head for less busy areas.
The NCC shuttle service to Gatineau Park is cancelled for the remainder of Fall Rhapsody.
Access to the Greenbelt is fully permitted for recreational activities.
Parking lots, outhouses and some outdoor recreational amenities, including picnic areas and benches, are open.
Bruce Pit off-leash dog park is open.
NCC Urban Parks and Lands
Access to all NCC parks and lands is fully permitted for recreational activities. Public washrooms and outhouses are open.
Closed parking lots:
- Jacques-Cartier Park South, all parking lots
Parking lots open on weekdays:
- Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway
- Deschênes Rapids
- Kitchissippi Lookout
- Champlain Bridge
- Remic Rapids
- Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway