When the snow melts and nature wakes up, many of you will want to get out and enjoy the spring air. But be careful: Gatineau Park’s plants and wildlife are fragile during the spring thaw.

Here is what you need to know to prepare for an outing in Gatineau Park this spring.

Last update: May 29, 2023

Trail conditions

In order for the trails to dry out for the summer season, people need to stay on the recommended hiking trails listed below during the thaw.

We will announce other trails as they become recommended this spring.

Walking and hiking

To protect the trails from erosion and widening, always stay on the trail, even if it is partially snow-covered or the ground is wet or muddy. Never walk along the edge of a trail or anywhere that is off-trail.

If you use the trails during the spring thaw period, wear clothing and footwear that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Not recommended: 

Trails 33, 44, 45, 47, and upper portion of Luskville Falls Trail.

    Mountain biking

    The mountain bike season started on May 12, 2023.

    Flora and fauna

    Spring is an important season of new growth and activity for plants and wildlife in Gatineau Park. Make sure you’re aware of the behaviours and practices to follow that respect other users, the environment and the plants and animals that live there.

    Please keep dogs on a leash and on trails where they are permitted.