⚠️ COVID-19 | The Gatineau Parkway, Champlain Parkway and Fortune Lake Parkway will remain closed to motor vehicles, and open for active users, Monday to Saturday, and Sunday morning, until Monday, September 7, 2020.

As several parking lots are accessible only via Gatineau Park parkways, some parking lots are not available during these closures. Details here.

Gatineau Park is Canada’s Capital Region's conservation park.

It covers 361 square kilometres, and is situated between the Ottawa and Gatineau rivers. Just a few minutes from downtown Ottawa-Gatineau, the Park is also a prime destination for a variety of outdoor activities.

Although it is open year-round, except during closures for severe weather or exceptional events, some of the access roads are sometimes closed to motor vehicles to support recreation in the Park.

Summer activities

Other ways to discover the Park

Camping and overnight accommodations

Extend your outdoor adventure and spend the night in Gatineau Park – just minutes from downtown Ottawa-Gatineau. Nestled in the heart of a vast conservation park, campsites and ready-to-camp units are the perfect getaway from the daily routine, in every season.

Guided Tours and activities

Take part in guided hikes with a nature interpreter, and discover Gatineau Park’s wildlife and ecosystems all year round.

Places to visit in Gatineau Park

Mackenzie King Estate

This 231-hectare country estate belonged to Canada’s 10th and longest-serving prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King. After spending almost 50 years (1903–1950) beautifying and expanding his property, King bequeathed his beloved estate to all Canadians.

Eardley Escarpment

The Escarpment is the dividing line between the rock of the Canadian Shield, which covers more than half of Canada, and the St. Lawrence Lowlands. It rises 270 metres from the floor of the Ottawa Valley, and extends over more than 30 kilometres.

King Mountain

The hilly landscape around King Mountain is part of the Canadian Shield, one of the oldest and hardest rock formations in the world. King Mountain is on the southern edge of the Canadian Shield, which in this area is marked by the cliffs of the Eardley Escarpment.

Lusk Cave

When the Wisconsin Glacier melted about 12,500 years ago, water trapped under the melting glacier was forced into cracks in the rocks. The marble of Lusk Cave eroded more quickly than surrounding rocks, causing a series of tunnels to form. Since then, Lusk Creek has continued to shape the cave.

Pink Lake

Pink Lake is meromictic, meaning that its upper and lower layers of water never mix. Normally a lake’s water layers mix completely each year during the spring and fall, because of water density, water and air temperature, and the wind. The mixing of lake waters distributes nutrients and oxygen evenly throughout the lake.

Carbide Willson Ruins

Nestled in the forest on the shore of Meech Lake, the ruins have a unique history. This beautiful, industrial heritage site is extremely popular with photographers. 

Scenic Lookouts

Experience the beauty of Gatineau Park thanks to these beautiful lookouts. 

Meech Lake

The closest lake to the city. Two beaches (O’Brien and Blanchet) and a launch for non-motorized boats. Also a great starting point for hiking.

Philippe Lake

With three sandy beaches, a large campground, boat rental facilities and plenty of hiking trails, your discovery options are nearly unlimited. A hike along the lake will take you to Lusk Cave, a superb example of a marble cave and a natural geological phenomenon.

La Pêche Lake

La Pêche Lake is the largest lake in Gatineau Park, and among the furthest from the Capital core.

Learn more about the Park

Winter activities