Gatineau Park parkways are a network of scenic routes that run through the southern part of the Park, in Gatineau and Chelsea. They have two main functions, and the NCC strives to maintain a balance between the two.

  • Gateways: They provide access to some of the Park’s most popular attractions, such as King Mountain, Pink Lake and Champlain Lookout.
  • Recreational sites: They are used for activities such as road biking and cross-country skiing.

The parkways are one of many ways to access Gatineau Park. Local roads also lead to 21 parking lots, open daily. From there, several trails lead to scenic viewpoints, lakes and picnic areas.

Schedule

The parkway schedule varies from season to season.

Fall 2022: September 24 to October 23

In the fall, cars can access the parkways every day from noon to 30 minutes after sunset. The rest of the time, the car-free parkways are open only to cyclists, pedestrians, in-line skaters and wildlife, with the exception of the shuttle on weekend mornings.

On weekends and on Thanksgiving Monday during Fall Rhapsody, there are two free bus services to Gatineau Park:

Although they do not provide service directly to the parkways, the main public transit companies in the region also provide service to stops near Gatineau Park.

  • Monday to Friday: Reserved access to the parkways until noon, then access shared with motor vehicles for the rest of the day.
  • Saturday, Sunday and Thanksgiving Monday: Shared access with the shuttle until noon, then shared with motor vehicles for the rest of the day.

The Gatineau Parkway, between parking lots P8 and P9 (North Loop), is open only for active use at all times.

In-line skating and roller skiing are not permitted when the road is open to motor vehicles and when the shuttle is running.

  • Monday to Friday: Reserved access to the parkways until noon, then not permitted for the rest of the day because of vehicle traffic.
  • Saturday, Sunday and Thanksgiving Monday, before the shuttle service starts: Reserved access to the parkways until noon, and then not permitted for the rest of the day because of vehicle traffic.
  • Saturday, Sunday and Thanksgiving Monday, when the shuttle is in service: Reserved access to the following sections of the Gatineau Parkway only:
    • between parking lots P8 and P9 (North Loop)
    • between P8 and the intersection with the Champlain Parkway (Mica) until noon, and then not permitted for the rest of the day because of vehicle traffic.

The Gatineau Parkway, between parking lots P8 and P9 (North Loop), is open only for active use at all times.

  • Every day: Access to the parkways from noon until 30 minutes after sunset.

The popular attractions along the parkways are not always accessible by car. To reach them, you can take the shuttle, or go on foot or by bicycle from a parking lot accessible by car from local roads.

Winter 2022–2023

In the winter, the parkways are reserved for winter recreational activities.

Summer 2023

The parkway schedule for the summer will be announced in spring 2023.

Rules for sharing the parkways

The rules for sharing the road apply even when the parkways are open only for active use. The Park’s service vehicles may be present at times on the parkways.

Pilot project

The NCC is working to balance the times when the parkways are open only for non-motorized recreational activities, and when they are open also to motor vehicles.

The pilot project launched in spring 2020 is continuing.

  • May 7: Extension of the pilot project (third year); the parkways are open to motor vehicles on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays starting at 1 pm.
  • June 25 to August 28: The NCC offers a free shuttle service to popular destinations along the parkways.
  • E-bike rentals at the Relais plein air and at the rental kiosk in parking lot P8.
  • September 24: End of the pilot project (third year) and start of Fall Rhapsody; the parkways are open to motor vehicles every day starting at noon.
  • October 23: The parkways close for the season.

In 2021, the NCC resumed its pilot project for a second year, with a few adjustments.

  • March 12 to April: An online survey on the use of Gatineau Park parkways receives over 11,000 responses.
  • May 1: Extension of the pilot project (year 2); the parkways are open to motor vehicles on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays after 1 pm.
  • May: Consultation with the Advisory Committee on Universal Accessibility to improve access for people with disabilities.
  • August: The Relais plein air, one of the NCC’s partners, offers e-bike rentals.
  • September 25: End of pilot project (year 2) and beginning of Fall Rhapsody; the parkways are open to motor vehicles every day starting at noon.
  • October 24: Seasonal closure of the parkways.

In 2020, in response to the limits imposed by the global pandemic, the NCC, on a trial basis, opened the parkways for non-motorized recreational activities. Adjustments were made as the season progressed.

  • May 21: Launch of the pilot project; the parkways are open only for non-motorized recreational activities.
  • July 5: Adjustment made to the pilot project; the parkways are open to motor vehicles on Sunday afternoons.
  • September 26: End of the pilot project and beginning of Fall Rhapsody; the parkways are open to motor vehicles every day after noon.
  • October 25: Seasonal closure of the parkways.