Gatineau Park is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, except during severe weather. The hours at the Visitor Centre, Mackenzie King Estate and some other points of interest vary depending on the season.
Driving to Gatineau Park
The Park is open year-round, as are the municipal access roads, although some parkways and access roads are sometimes closed to motor vehicles to support recreation in the Park. In the winter, the parkways are closed to traffic and used as cross-country ski trails. If you’re driving to Gatineau Park, consider carpooling. Parking lots fill up quickly, especially on weekends.
Taking public transit to Gatineau Park
OC Transpo and STO provide connections from Gatineau and Ottawa to the Relais plein air and entry points in the southern sector of Gatineau Park. On weekends only, Transcollines provides connections from Gatineau and La Pêche to the Visitor Centre and the northeastern sector of the Park. Use the online planners provided by these public transit services to create your itinerary.
Using the shuttle
The free NCC shuttle provides access from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau to Gatineau Park parkways on Fall Rhapsody weekends, from September 26 to October 25, 2020.
Maps and planning tools
The 2020 Summer Trails Map ($5.65, tax not included) is on sale at these partner locations:
- Bushtukah (230 Richmond Road, Ottawa)
- Philippe Lake Campground (registration booth and camp store)
- Fresh Air Experience (1291, Wellington West, Ottawa)
- Greg Christie’s (148 Old Chelsea road, Chelsea)
- Maison du Tourisme (103 Laurier Street, Gatineau)
- Sports Experts - Atmosphère (207 des Grives boulevard, Gatineau)
- World of Maps (1191 Wellington Street West, Ottawa)
- La Petite Grocerie (244, Old Chelsea road, Chelsea)