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.
Current status: The ski season has not started yet
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.