Know before you go

The Gatineau Park parkways are reserved for active use until Spring. This page will be updated at a later date.


Gatineau Park’s parkways form a network of scenic roads that offer beautiful perspectives of the Park. As part of the Gatineau Park Parkways pilot project, introduced on May 1, 2021, the parkway schedule is variable.

Fall Schedule

This fall, as part of Fall Rhapsody, access to the parkways varies. They are reserved for active use every day until noon, except on weekends when active users share the parkways with the free NCC shuttle. Motor vehicles have access to the parkways daily from noon until 30 minutes after sunset*. See the maps below for a detailed schedule.

* Approximate closing time
September 20 to October 6: 7:30 pm
October 7 to 24: 7 pm

Rules

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: 8.6 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 10.6 km (round trip).

If you like King Mountain, you’ll probably enjoy the Luskville Falls Trail, which is not affected by the pilot project.

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.
Take Kingsmere Road from Chelsea. Follow the signage directing you to parking lot P6, which indicates a left turn onto Swamp Road, then a right at Barnes Road. The Estate entrance is on the left.

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 10.2 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: 9 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: 9.2 km (round trip).

More information

Other initiatives

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.

Public survey

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.