Published on October 21, 2020
Canada’s Capital Region – With the winter season approaching, the National Capital Commission (NCC) is especially aware of area residents’ need for recreational activity in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and knows that everyone needs to be able to engage in safe and healthy outdoor activities this winter.
For this reason, the NCC today announced a freeze on rates and the cancellation of planned rate increases for Gatineau Park daily and season passes for 2020–2021. In addition, the number of free passes available through libraries in the region will be increased by 20 percent.
The NCC will be working with the municipal governments and public health authorities to ensure that the most effective health and safety measures are in effect as winter approaches.
Season pass pre-sale
The pre-sale of season passes for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snow biking begins on Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 9 am, and runs until Sunday, November 22, 2020, at midnight. The public is invited to purchase a winter season pass on the NCC website.
It will also be possible to borrow a free cross-country ski, snowshoe or snow biking pass from the following municipal libraries:
- Ottawa Public Library
- Bibliothèque municipale de Gatineau (French only)
- Centre régional de services aux bibliothèques publiques de l’Outaouais (CRSBPO) (French only)
- Chelsea Library
- Bibliothèque de Cantley (French only)
- Carleton Place Public Library
- North Grenville Public Library
This year, reservations for winter camping and accommodations will open in mid-November. NCC staff are currently working on improving the transaction platform. The NCC will inform the public when this work is completed for the coming season.
Reminder: Closure of Gatineau Park parkways
The NCC’s Gatineau Park parkway network (Champlain, Gatineau, Fortune Lake and Philippe Lake parkways) will close to motor vehicle traffic for the season on Sunday, October 25, 2020, at about 6 pm. The road accessing Luskville Falls will remain open as long as weather permits.
Please remember that, between now and October 25, Gatineau Park parkways are open for active use only, from 7 am until noon. After that time, the parkways are open to motor vehicles until 30 minutes after sunset. Parkway closures to motor vehicles remain in effect overnight.
The La Pêche Lake sector of Gatineau Park was closed for the season on Monday, October 12.
Reconstruction of the retaining wall at Champlain Lookout and work on Chemin du Lac-Meech between parking lot P8 and Dunlop Road will continue after the closure of the parkways. Active users are asked to obey the signage and follow instructions provided by flag persons.
Gatineau Park closes its parkways to motor vehicles as a safety precaution, because the risk of frozen and icy roads increases with lower temperatures. Gatineau Park does not use salt or sand on the parkways as a measure to help protect the environmentally sensitive Park environment and vegetation. The parkway network will reopen in early May, when conditions permit.
NCC Media Relations