Gatineau Park Visitor Centre

The Gatineau Park Visitor Centre is located in Chelsea. Information officers are on-site to provide helpful tips and advice. You’ll also find an exhibition on ecosystems, as well as passes, maps and souvenirs for sale, washrooms, a water fountain, a meeting room and a dining room. Free Wi-Fi. Accessible.

Visitor Centre Hours

May 1 to October 31

Daily, 9 am to 5 pm

November 1 to April 30

Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm

Holiday hours

Closed on December 25
Extended hours from December 26, 2019 to January 3, 2020: 9 am to 5 pm


33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Quebec J9B 1R5
819-827-2020 or 1-866-456-3016 (toll-free)
TTY: 613-239-5090  or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free)
Emergency line (24 hours): 613-239-5353

Email address

Relais plein air

Open daily
Café des sentiers
Snowshoes and classic cross-country ski rentals
Waxing room

Daily passes and winter trail maps are also available.

Driving to Gatineau Park

From mid-May to the last Sunday in October, roads and parkways in Gatineau Park are open to motor vehicles.

During this period, the parkways are closed to motor vehicles as follows:

From the last Sunday in October to mid-May, the parkways are closed and used as cross-country ski trails.

Municipal roads such as Chemin du Lac-Meech, Kingsmere Road, Swamp Road and Barnes Road remain open year-round.

  • Attention: Rehabilitation work and addition of bike lanes in both directions on de la Mine Road.
  • Notice: As of Spring 2021, after the Municipality of Chelsea has repaired the Meech Lake Road between Gatineau Park lots P8 and P9, the NCC will permanently dedicate the North Loop to non-motorized forms of transportation.

Click here for more detailed information about parkway closures.

Buy a summer season parking pass

Access to the National Capital Commission’s parks is free year-round. In the summer, there is a parking fee at the beaches and the Mackenzie King Estate.

Buy a winter trail pass

You can purchase a daily pass, or save with a season pass. Gatineau Park season pass holders also enjoy exclusive benefits at more than 20 partner locations and retailers.