When the snow melts and nature wakes up, many of us are eager to get out and enjoy the spring air. However, it’s important to remember that 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. Remember, Gatineau Park is yours to protect and enjoy.

Trail conditions

In the spring, the trails need to dry out for the summer season. Please stay on the recommended trails listed below during the spring thaw.

We will recommend more trails once they are ready.

Hiking and walking

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 off-trail.

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

Recommended in early spring:

  • Sugarbush Trail and #13
  • Lauriault Trail
  • Pioneers Trail
  • Capital Pathway

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

Mountain biking

The mountain biking trails are currently closed. Please remain off the trails during the spring thaw period.

In Gatineau Park, mountain biking season begins when the trails are dry. It typically runs from mid-May to late November (conditions dependent).

Flora and fauna

Spring is an important season of new growth and activity for plants and wildlife in Gatineau Park. Learn more about the ways to enjoy Gatineau Park while protecting plants and wildlife.

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