When the snow melts and nature wakes up, many of you want to get out and enjoy the spring air. But be careful: the 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 in the spring.

Last update: May 5, 2022

Parkways

Starting May 7, 2022, the parkways are reserved for active use most of the time, except on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays after 1 pm. Gatineau Park Parkways Schedule

From June 25 to August 28, 2022, you can take the free Gatineau Park shuttle on Saturdays and Sundays.

Walking and hiking

All hiking trails are open. Always stay on the trails, even if they are partially wet or muddy. Never walk along the edge of a trail or anywhere that is off-trail.

You can walk your dog on leash on most of the official trails, except for the four trails where dogs are not allowed at any time.

Mountain biking

The mountain biking season has started.

Plants and wildlife

Spring is an important season of new growth and activity for plants and wildlife in Gatineau Park. Respect other users, the environment and the plants and animals that live there.