Gatineau Park has one of the largest networks of cross-country ski trails in North America. It offers over 200 kilometres of ski trails, winding through the Park’s forests and along frozen lakes and valleys. There are classic cross-country, skate and back-country ski trails, ranging in difficulty from easy to very difficult. The Park is a prime destination for outdoor activities that are respectful of the environment.

Gatineau Park is internationally recognized for the quality of its ski trail network. Grooming is done by experts using state-of-the-art grooming machines, and trails are patrolled daily by professional and volunteer patrollers. Cross-country ski conditions are updated twice daily during the ski season.

A daily or season pass is required to access the cross-country ski trails in Gatineau Park.

Pets are not allowed on cross-country ski trails.

Park sectors: A wide selection of ski trails and terrain

With over 50 different trails to choose from, there is no single way to explore Gatineau Park ski trails. Plan your ski outing with our recommended ski routes, contact our team at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre for advice or create your own route using the interactive ski network map.

Choose trails that are appropriate for your level of ability.


This sector is the closest to the city. It features a variety of scenery and terrain, including open fields and gently rolling trails that wind through mature forests.

Starting points: P1*, P2* (Relais plein air) and P3

* Accessible by public transit.

Points of interest

  • The Relais plein air du parc de la Gatineau is a great place to start and finish a day of skiing. It offers warm shelter, washroom facilities, a waxing room, a café and an equipment rental service.
  • The Pink Lake lookout provides a unique view of the lake. Please note that the trail, which forms a loop around the lake, is closed during the winter.

Old Chelsea and the parkway network

This sector features the popular parkway network and scenic lookouts. On weekends and under perfect weather conditions, the parking lots in this sector fill up quickly.

Starting points: P5, P6, P7, P8, P9, P10, P11 and P12

Points of interest

  • The lookouts located along the parkways offer scenic views of the outskirts of the Park.
  • There are five shelters (Keogan, Shilly Shally*, Huron, Western and McKinstry) and two outdoor rest areas in this sector. They make a great place to rest and warm up, and get ready for the last leg of your outing.
  • There is a training course at Camp Fortune.

* Shilly Shally is closed for the season 2020-2021.

Meech Creek Valley

This sector is located in the northeastern part of Gatineau Park, between the villages of Chelsea and Wakefield. Less crowded than other parts of the Park, this scenic area is well worth a visit.

Starting point: P16

Points of interest


This sector is located in the northeastern part of Gatineau Park, between Meech Creek Valley and Philippe Lake. The trails in this area pass through a magnificent forest of majestic pines, enormous hemlock trees and a few beech groves.

Starting point: P17, accessible by public transit on weekdays

Points of interest

  • Brown Lake Shelter makes a great place to rest and warm up, and get ready for the last leg of your outing.

Philippe Lake

This northern sector of the Park is less used than the southern portion, which allows for wonderful moments of solitude in a winter paradise.

Starting points: P19* and P20 (Breton Beach)

* There is a public transit stop at the intersection of Highway 366 and Philippe Lake Parkway (2.4 km from P19).

Points of interest

  • There are several locations that provide great views of beautiful frozen Philippe, Renaud and Taylor lakes.
  • Renaud Shelter makes a great place to rest and warm up, and get ready for the last leg of your outing.
  • Extend your outdoor adventure and spend the night in Gatineau Park. Ready-to-camp units and winter campsites are available to rent for overnight stays along the trails — just a few kilometres from the parking lot!

Useful information

Conservation first

Gatineau Park is home to important ecosystems and habitats, including species at risk protected by law. To protect the Park for future generations, it is vital that all users play by the rules. Follow the outdoor ethics code.

Code of ethics

Before you hit Gatineau Park winter trails, get familiar with trail etiquette.

  • Be sure to wear your pass in plain view.
  • Keep to the right-hand side of the trail at all times.
  • When climbing uphill, yield to skiers coming downhill.
  • Control your speed when going downhill.


Cross-country ski equipment is available for rent at the Relais plein air and other local shops.

Your safety, your responsibility

Engaging in outdoor activities involves certain risks, and it is always wise to exercise caution. In winter, cold weather can present a real danger. Prepare for a safe and enjoyable outing in the Park, with these safety tips.