If you plan on visiting the parkways sector in Gatineau Park on a weekend this fall, we strongly recommend taking the free NCC shuttle to access some of the Park’s popular sites.

The shuttle is the only way, other than via active transportation, that you can be sure to get to the popular destinations in the parkway sector. Hop on the shuttle from one of the many stops, and make your way to scenic Pink Lake, the Mackenzie King Estate and Champlain Lookout!

Masks (and courtesy) are mandatory aboard the shuttle, and space is limited: first come, first served. We recommend planning on a visit of about two hours to ensure a spot on the return trip.

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2021 schedule and stops

Weekends, October 2 to 24, and Monday, October 11, 2021

Ottawa–Gatineau to Gatineau Park route (red line)

Supreme Court ↔ Champlain Lookout

  • From Ottawa (stop no. 1): 9 am to 1 pm, every 25–35 minutes
  • From Gatineau (stop no. 2): 9:05 am to 1:10 pm, every 35–40 minutes
  • Return trip: Last shuttle from Champlain Lookout to Ottawa–Gatineau at approximately 4 pm.

Shuttle stops at all stops on the return trip.

Stops

  1. Supreme Court
  2. Laurier–des Allumettières
  3. Montcalm (Rapibus)
  4. South entrance (P3)
    • Dry toilets, water fountain and picnic tables on-site.
    • Check out Pioneers Trail for an easy and flat 1.3-km loop.
  5. Pink Lake
    • Hike the Pink Lake Trail (rated as difficult), and make your way to the Pink Lake Lookout for spectacular views of Pink Lake.
  6. Mackenzie King Estate
    • Take a walk around the 2.31-hectare estate, and stop for a bite to eat at Pat Café.
    • Picnic areas and washrooms on-site.
  7. Waterfall
    • Hike this short 650-metre trail.
  8. Lauriault
    • Hike this 4.5-km loop (rated as difficult), or check out Mulvihill Lake.
    • Picnic areas on-site.
  9. King Mountain
    • Check out the King Mountain Trail for a 1.9-km loop (rated as difficult).
    • Picnic area and dry toilets on-site.
  10. Bourgeois
  11. Étienne-Brûlé
    • Take in a river view from the lookout.
    • Check out Trail 3 for a 4.9-km intermediate, out and back trail.
    • Picnic area and dry toilets on-site.
  12. Champlain
    • Enjoy breathtaking views from the accessible lookout.
    • Hike the Champlain Trail (1.1 km), Trail 1B and Trail 1 (3 km).
    • Dry toilets on-site.

Camp Fortune to Gatineau Park route (yellow line)

Camp Fortune ↔ Champlain Lookout

  • From Camp Fortune: 10 am to 2:30 pm, every 20 minutes
  • Return trip: Last shuttle from Champlain Lookout to Camp Fortune at approximately 4 pm.

Stops

  1. Camp Fortune
  2. Keogan
  3. Hike Trail 1 (22 km) for a longer, but easy hike.
  4. Dry toilets on-site.
  5. Étienne-Brûlé
    • A lookout offers a spectacular river view.
    • Picnic area and dry toilets on-site.
    • Take Trail 3 (4.9 km) for an intermediate, out and back hike.
  6. Champlain
    • Enjoy breathtaking views from the lookout.
    • Hike the Champlain Trail (1.1 km), Trail 1B and Trail 1 (3 km).
    • Dry toilets on-site.

Accessibility

Shuttles are equipped with an access ramp for easy boarding. Each vehicle has two priority seats for people using wheelchairs.

Accessible stops

  • Supreme Court
  • Laurier–des Allumettières
  • Mackenzie King Estate
  • Champlain

People who are registered with STO or Transcollines for accessible transit can request transportation to the Park in the same way as for any other destination.

COVID-19 health and safety guidelines

Be COVID-safe, and follow directives from local and provincial public health authorities. Here are some shuttle-specific measures.

  • Keep socially distanced from others while waiting for the shuttle.
  • Wear a mask on the shuttle, for the entirety of the trip, as well as any other place where it is required.
  • A vaccine passport is not required to board the shuttle
  • Board at the front of the shuttle, and exit at the rear.

Good to know

  • Some shuttles are equipped with a bike rack: first-come, first-served.
  • Strollers are allowed on board all STO buses.
  • According to STO policy, only guide dogs and service dogs are allowed on board STO buses.
  • In Gatineau Park, dogs must be on leash at all times, and are not allowed on the Pink Lake or King Mountain trails, or in picnic areas.
  • In-line skates and roller skis are not permitted on the parkways when the shuttle is running.

To make the most of your visit, be sure to check the schedules and access routes before heading out. Bring plenty of water and snacks, dress according to the weather, and check the trail map.