News release

Published on June 23, 2020

Canada’s Capital Region — This summer, the National Capital Commission (NCC) will continue to support public enjoyment of nature and the great outdoors in Gatineau Park by encouraging active use of its assets while ensuring safe physical distancing. This has been our objective since the onset of COVID-19.

Based on survey results from previous weeks, we are pleased to report that 97 percent of Gatineau Park users support the ongoing pilot project to close select parkways to motor vehicle traffic and open them primarily for active users.

Today, we are announcing the extension of this pilot project on the Gatineau Park parkway network (Gatineau, Champlain, Fortune Lake parkways), Monday to Saturday, and Sunday mornings, up to and including September 7, 2020.

The following measures are in effect:

  • To enable access for everyone, Gatineau Park parkways (Gatineau, Champlain and Fortune Lake) will reopen to motor vehicles on Sundays at 1 pm, starting July 5, 2020, and will close approximately 30 minutes after sunset.
  • During this period, the “north loop” section of the Gatineau Parkway, between parking lots P8 and P9, will be open only to active users and closed to motor vehicles.
  • Philippe Lake Parkway and the access road to La Pêche Lake will remain open until 10 pm in the evenings. They will reopen daily at 8 am.

The extension of this pilot project, which has been made possible through the support of the neighbouring municipalities, will enhance the offer of recreational activities in the region at a time when children’s camps and training centres are having to limit public access.

Here is an update on Gatineau Park’s summer offerings. Please visit our website for more information, including details on camping and swimming.

Work at Champlain Lookout

Champlain Lookout is currently closed. We will be starting rehabilitation work in July to repair and restore the lookout. It is expected that this work will be completed in late fall 2020.

While the work is ongoing, the Fortune Lake Parkway between P10 and Champlain Lookout will be closed to all users, Monday to Friday, 7 am to 5 pm. We ask that users exercise caution, respect working crews and equipment, and obey signage and flag persons at the site during the work.

Mackenzie King Estate

The Estate is open to the general public, but the museums and cottages remain closed until further notice.

Café Pat Café will be reopening soon, with reduced hours. The Mackenzie King Tearoom remains closed until further notice.

All events at the Mackenzie King Estate, including Canada Day celebrations, the Estate in Bloom and Labour Day at the Estate, are cancelled for 2020.


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For more information about Gatineau Park, please contact the NCC at 819-827-2020, 1-866-456-3016 (toll-free), 613-239-5090 (TTY) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free TTY) or subscribe to the Gatineau Park newsletter.

Media information:

Cédric Pelletier
NCC Media Relations
613-852-2804 (cellular)