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Thank you for a great summer!


Visit Gatineau Park another way! The NCC is providing a new free shuttle service in the summer on Saturdays and Sundays. The shuttle will bring you to popular destinations in the parkways sector.

Schedule

June 25 to August 28, 2022
Saturdays and Sundays
Shuttle service every 30 minutes
No reservations, limited seating: first come, first served

First departure
Last departure
From Ottawa–Gatineau, to the Visitor Centre
9:10 am
3:10 pm
From the Visitor Centre, to Ottawa–Gatineau
9:45 am
4:45 pm


Disclaimer: If you miss the last shuttle, you are responsible for finding your way out of the Park. The following taxi companies service the park: Transit (819-779-2299).

Stops

You can board and disembark at any of the following stops. Click on the stop of your choice to learn more about the nearby services and attractions.

Wellington/Lyon stop location 

There is parking on the neighbouring streets and Lyon Station (O-Train) is a 5-minute walk from the shuttle stop.
Canadian Museum of History stop location 

There is parking on the neighbouring streets.
Montcalm (Rapibus) stop location 

There is parking on the neighbouring streets.
Outhouse, water fountain, picnic area and interpretation panels. Leashed dogs allowed.
This stop is at the south entrance of the Park, at the edge of the forest, just steps away from the city. It’s a popular starting point for hiking and biking, especially on the 200-km paved multi-use pathway that winds through the Capital.

South entrance (P3) stop location

What to do here
Take a few moments to discover the Park’s history, geography and ecosystems on the giant map in the reception area. Take a stroll on the Pioneers Trail, with interpretation panels that highlight the history of settlers in the Outaouais region and the Park’s forest diversity.

A little further

From the paved pathway, you can get to the Lac-des-Fées Pathway, great for birding along the lakeshore. Trail 5, also called the Capital Pathway, leads to the Asticou Centre, Relais plein air and beyond.

Information officers, outhouse, interpretation panels, lookout. No swimming and no dogs allowed.
Pink Lake is the most exceptional lake in Gatineau Park. Due to Its meromictic properties (the bottom and top layers of water never mix), it is turquoise. The lake was named after the Pink family, who settled here in 1826.

Pink Lake Lookout stop location 

What to do here

Take time to admire the stunning view of the lake from the accessible lookout and read the interpretive panels. Or, go down the stairs to follow the Pink Lake Trail, which circles the lake and offers several viewpoints near the water.

A little further

Although it is quite a walk, you can also access the Mackenzie King Estate via trails 35 and 15. If you have enough time, the cottages converted into museums, the historic ruins, and the flowering gardens are worth the trip.
Information officers, outhouse, water fountain, picnic area, interpretation panels, historical site. No swimming allowed. Dogs on leash allowed.
The Mackenzie King Estate is the former summer residence of Canada’s 10th prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, who bequeathed it to Canadians. This 2.31-hectare country estate offers the perfect combination of history and nature. 

Mackenzie King Estate stop location

What to do here
Take a walk around the Kingswood and Moorside cottages, stroll through the gardens, and discover the ruins assembled by King to landscape and beautify the surroundings. Learn more about the history of the site from our interpretive guides, and through the interactive exhibits.

A little further

The Lauriault and Waterfall trails, which run along a stream, will lead you to the Bridal Veil Falls and a stone lookout. Although it is a fairly lengthy walk, you can also access Pink Lake via trails 15 and 35.
Outhouse, picnic area, lookout, waterfall. No swimming. Leashed dogs allowed.
Mulvihill Lake is a quiet little lake where wildlife can be observed near the shore. The stream that runs along the Waterfall Trail flows from this lake. The names Mulvihill and Lauriault refer to families who once lived in the area.

Lauriault/Mulvihill stop location

What to do here
Mulvihill Lake is a jewel to discover. It has an accessible lookout with a view of the lake, as well as a picnic area. The Lauriault and Waterfall trails, which run along a stream, will lead you to the Bridal Veil Falls and a stone lookout.

A little further

The Mackenzie King Estate, with its magnificent historic ruins, are only 1 km from the stop, if you take the Lauriault Trail on the Mulvihill side. Extend your hike by visiting the cottages (museums)and admiring the gardens.
Outhouse, picnic area, interpretation panels, lookout. No dogs allowed.
The stop is at the base of King Mountain, on the Canadian Shield. Various types of forest are found here. The sudden transitions between the types of trees growing here are due to variations in soil, water and the amount of light.

King Mountain stop location

What to do here
King Mountain Trail is a challenging loop featuring interpretive panels. Follow it counter-clockwise, and stop on the rock overlooking the Eardley Escarpment. You will also pass by Canada’s first geodetic survey station.

A little further

Start your hike on King Mountain Trail going clockwise. Turn left onto Trail 37 and, in a short distance, you will cross Champlain Parkway. This will take you to the Wattsford Lookout, where you can take in a view of the ski slopes at Camp Fortune.
Information officers, outhouse, lookout, interpretation panels. Leashed dogs allowed.
The Champlain Lookout is on the Eardley Escarpment. It rises 270 metres from the floor of the Ottawa Valley and is the best-known viewpoint in the Park. The Escarpment forms a dividing line between the Canadian Shield and the St. Lawrence Lowlands.

Champlain Lookout stop location

What to do here

Take time to admire the view from the accessible lookout with its iconic wall, or go down the stairs to follow Champlain Trail, and read the interpretive panels. The unique microclimate hosts many rare species.

A little further

Just a few kilometres away are two day shelters and a lookout with a view over the city. Follow Trail 1 east to the Étienne Brûlé Lookout and Huron Shelter, or head west to go to the Western Shelter.
Outhouse, picnic area, restaurant, aerial experience, luge, mountain biking.
Camp Fortune is a destination of choice for outdoor enthusiasts and families looking for fun and excitement. Well known for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, it also offers many activities in the summer.

Camp Fortune stop location

What to do here

Get out for a ride on the mountain biking trails, or test your balance in the aerial park between the trees. You can also try the Mountain Coaster, an exciting new ride on a monorail track through the forest.

A little further

From Trail 4, starting beyond the aerial park, continue on Trail 1 to the Keogan Shelter or Wattsford Lookout on the other side of Camp Fortune. This trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail, which stretches across Canada, from coast to coast to coast.
Information officers, outhouse, water fountain, picnic area, restaurant, interpretation panels, wi-fi. Leashed dogs allowed.
Our staff will help you plan your visit at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, located at 33 Scott Road in Chelsea, QC. Enjoy the free Wi-Fi to download a trail map. Visit the interactive exhibition on the Park’s ecosystems, and learn about its intriguing history and the conservation efforts being made to protect and preserve it.

Visitor Centre stop location

What to do here

Near the large grassy area, picnic tables and the Sugarbush Shelter are available in case it rains. Cross the small bridge to reach the Sugarbush Trail, one of four walking trails open year-round.

A little further

This stop is in the heart of the charming village of Old Chelsea. Cross Scott Road to discover shops, cafés and art galleries. At the end of the road, you will find a small bridge spanning a beautiful waterfall, and leading to a picnic area.


Accessibility

All stops are accessible to persons with reduced mobility. All shuttles are equipped with an access ramp and low floor.

Know before you go

  • Safety: Engaging in outdoor activities involves certain risks. Plan a safe and enjoyable outing by following our safety tips.
  • Biking: All shuttles are equipped with a bike rack; first-come, first-served.
  • In-line skating: In-line skates and roller skis are not permitted on the parkways when the shuttle is running.
  • Strollers: Strollers are allowed on board STO buses.
  • Dogs: According to STO policy, only guide dogs and service dogs are allowed on board STO buses. In Gatineau Park, dogs must be on a leash at all times, and are not allowed on the Pink Lake or King Mountain trails, or in picnic areas.
  • Cellphone reception: Cellphone signal reception varies depending on the telephone service provider and the location in the Park (including the parkways sector).
  • Drinking water: Drinking fountains are available at three locations in the park: South Entrance (P3), Mackenzie King Estate and Visitor Centre. Bring your water bottle.

The free NCC shuttle is provided in partnership with the Société de transport de l’Outaouais and Camp Fortune. This pilot project is an initiative of the Gatineau Park Master Plan, which aims to promote alternative transportation to gradually reduce the impact of motor vehicles on the Park.