Know before you go
The Gatineau Park parkways are reserved for active use until Spring.
Gatineau Park is the National Capital Region’s conservation park. The largest green space in the region, the Park occupies an area of more than 361 square kilometres, and is a place of rich and unique biodiversity. It is the second-most visited park in Canada, and a destination for outdoor enthusiasts to engage in recreational activities that respect the environment.
Gatineau Park’s vast territory is divided into several sectors, one of which is accessible from downtown Ottawa–Gatineau, and each of which feature various points of interest and historical places. Unlike other national parks, this park has several entry points, and some roads through it, leading to the northern and western sectors.
Places to visit
On weekends and under perfect weather conditions, the southern sector of the Park, closest to Ottawa and Gatineau, often reaches capacity, which can lead to intermittent road closures, full parking lots and crowded trails. The busiest areas are those along the parkway network, and around Meech Lake and Old Chelsea.
For an optimal experience, visit the Park on weekdays, or head for less busy areas located further north or on the outskirts of the Park.