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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 this transition period.

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

Last update: May 10, 2024

The trails need to dry out for the summer season. During the transition period, the trails are fragile. To protect them from erosion and widening, always stay on the trail, even if the ground is wet or muddy.

Hiking and walking

All hiking trails are recommended.

Never walk along the edge of a trail or anywhere off-trail. If you use the trails during the spring, wear clothing and footwear that you don’t mind getting dirty. If a trail is wet and you don’t want to walk through the mud, turn back.

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

Mountain biking

All mountain biking trails are recommended.

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

Cycling on asphalt roads

The parkways and the Capital Pathway are paved, so it is important to practice responsible cycling at this time of year. Our crews have started to clean up the parkways and trails for summer use.

The parkways are closed to private vehicles until May 4, 2024. However, you may encounter service vehicles or animals.

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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