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 offered on weekends this year, from September 26 to October 25, 2020.

The five-stop route takes you directly from downtown Ottawa or Gatineau to Pink Lake and the Mackenzie King Estate. The free service will be adapted to adhere to public health recommendations, including physical distancing, limited seating capacity and the wearing of face masks. Staff will be on-site at each stop to help guide visitors.

Please note that the Camp Fortune route to Champlain Lookout is not in service this year, because of the rehabilitation work being undertaken at the lookout, and restrictions due to the pandemic. The free NCC shuttle is provided in partnership with the Société de transport de l’Outaouais and Camp Fortune.

Weekends

September 26 to October 25, 2020, and Monday, October 12

From Ottawa: 9 am to 1 pm, every 20–30 minutes
Return trip: Last shuttle from the Mackenzie King Estate to Ottawa–Gatineau at approximately 4 pm.

Stops

  1. Supreme Court
  2. Laurier–des Allumettières
  3. South entrance (P3)
  4. Pink Lake
  5. Mackenzie King Estate

Please note that the shuttle service may be cancelled in bad weather. Check Gatineau Park’s Twitter feed, or call the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre before you leave, to find out about any changes to the schedule.

Accessible transit and stops

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

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

Please follow the health and safety measures in effect while waiting for the shuttle, on board the shuttle and during your visit. 

  • Seating capacity is limited in the shuttles: first come, first served.
  • Keep a distance of 2 m from others. 
  • Wear a mask or face covering over your mouth and nose on board the shuttle, during the entirety of the trip, and where indicated.   
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. 
  • Cough into the crook of your arm.
  • Board at the front of the shuttle, and exit at the rear.
  • For a contactless way to open the rear doors, pass your hand between the vertical handles when the green light comes on.
  • Follow ground markers and traffic flow indicators. 
  • Plan on a visit of about two hours to ensure a spot on the return trip. 
  • If you are sick of experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, stay home.

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. Please note that, 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.

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.

Access to parkways between September 26 and October 25

Every day, motor vehicles are permitted on parkways, from noon until approximately 30 minutes after sunset.

Monday to Friday, Fortune Lake Parkway is closed to all traffic (including bicycles) to allow access for construction vehicles. 

The Gatineau and Champlain parkways remain open to all motor vehicle traffic in both directions, except during temporary parkway closures required during high traffic periods.

Parkway schedules: https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/road-closures-in-gatineau-park