Gatineau Park’s parkways form a vast network of scenic roads that offer beautiful perspectives of the Park.
To provide more space for outdoor well-being, the Gatineau Park parkways are often reserved for active use as part of a pilot project. They are, however, open to all users three afternoons a week. In these cases, access to the parkways is shared between active users and those driving motor vehicles.
Gatineau Park Parkways Pilot Project
In 2021, the program will begin on May 1.
The pilot project is limited to the Champlain, Gatineau* and Fortune Lake parkways. It doesn’t apply to the Philippe Lake Parkway or other access roads to the Park.
* The section of the Gatineau Parkway between parking lots P8 and P9 is open for active use only at all times.
Gatineau Park parkway schedule
Active use only
Shared access with motor vehicles
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Closed to motor vehicles
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Until 1 pm
From 1 pm to 30 minutes after sunset*
*Approximate closing time
The share the road rules for cyclists and other active users of the road apply even when the roads are open exclusively to active users, as service vehicles may also use the roads at times.
Locations accessible by cars at all times
- 21 parking lots providing access to trails for hiking and mountain biking
- 10 picnic areas
Other ways to access trailheads and lookouts along the parkways when they’re reserved for active use
If you’re up for the challenge, here are three alternative options to access Pink Lake on foot.
- Start at parking lot P2 (Relais plein air) and take the Leamy Creek Pathway (Trail 27). Then follow the Gatineau Park Pathway (Trail 5) until you reach the Gatineau Parkway, which takes you to Pink Lake. Distance to Pink Lake: 6.6 km (round trip).
- Start at parking lot P6 (Mackenzie King Estate) and take trails 15 and 35. Distance to Pink Lake: approximately 7.2 km (round trip).
- Start at parking lot P2 (Relais plein air) and take the Leamy Creek Pathway (Trail 27). Then follow the Gatineau Park Pathway (Trail 5) to reach Trail 25. Turn left on Trail 15, and left again on Trail 35. Distance to Pink Lake: approximately 11 km (round trip).
Or, if you’re up for the challenge, here’s one option to access King Mountain on foot).
- Start at parking lot P7, and take Trail 30. Turn left on Trail 8, cross the Champlain Parkway and then take Trail 37 until you reach the King Mountain loop. This adds approximately 4.2 km (round trip) to your hike.
If you’re up for the challenge, here are two options to access the Étienne Brûlé Lookout on foot.
- Start at parking lot P12, take Trail 40 then Trail 2. Turn left at Trail 1 and right at Trail 3, and continue until you reach the lookout. This hike is about 9.2 km (round trip).
- Start at parking lot P10 and take the Fortune Lake Parkway. Turn right on Trail 1 and left on Trail 3, and continue until you reach the lookout. This hike is about 10.6 km (round trip).
- Start at parking lot P12 and take Trail 40, then Trail 2 (be careful, this trail is very difficult), and reach Trail 1. Keep left to take Trail 1B, which will lead you to the parking lot of Champlain Lookout. Distance to Champlain Lookout: 8.4 km (round trip).
- Start at parking lot P12 and take Trail 40, then Trail 33, until you reach the intersection of Trails 1 and 2. Keep left to take Trail 1B, which will lead you to the parking lot of Champlain Lookout. Distance to Champlain Lookout: 10.2 km (round trip).
We will consult with our Advisory Committee on Universal Accessibility in May to improve access for persons with disabilities.
We are working with the operators of the Relais plein air du parc de la Gatineau to offer electric bike rentals to improve access for persons who need an electric boost.
We are working toward offering a shuttle service to popular destinations on the parkways in 2022.
Between March 12 and April 5, we invited the public to respond to an online survey about parkway use in Gatineau Park. We received over 11,000 responses. The report on this consultation is not yet completed, but will be available soon. Early feedback informed the parkway pilot program.