The park is now in summer mode. To find a trail, refer to Hiking and Walking in Gatineau Park.

Important information

Gatineau Park parkways

Gatineau Park's parkways are closed to traffic. Maintenance teams begin the cleanup to prepare the parkways for summer use.

If you choose to venture onto the parkways at this time, doing so is at your own risk. Watch out for maintenance vehicles and be cautious.


Gatineau Park’s parking lots and access roads are sometimes closed to motor vehicles to support recreation in the Park. Check for closures before you leave.

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, wear clothing and footwear that you don’t mind getting dirty.


As of April 15, you can walk your dog on leash on most of the official trails, except for the three trails where dogs are not allowed at any time.

Mountain biking

The mountain biking season in Gatineau Park typically runs from May 15 to November 30 (weather-dependent). In 2021, the season starts exceptionally earlier, on April 23. We’d like to remind you not to use the biking trails during the spring thaw period.


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.