The Capital Pathway is a multi-use pathway network for everyone, during the winter as well.
Sharing the path in winter is just as important so that everyone can have fun. Whether you are skiing, running, walking, winter biking, snowshoeing, hiking, or walking with your children or your leashed dog, it’s always nicer, and of course safer, when people are considerate of one another.
During winter, close to 100 kilometres of the Capital Pathway become groomed, multi-use winter trails. This is possible because of the efforts of the hard-working volunteers of the Urban Winter Trails Alliance.
At all times, be kind and share the path
All pathway users should be considerate of other users. Children should be taught this as well.
Don’t tread on ski tracks
When walking, snowshoeing or biking, please stay well to the side of the ski tracks to avoid damaging them. The ski tracks are groomed by hard-working volunteers so that people can enjoy cross-country skiing.
Don’t block the path
Keep things moving in both directions, and make sure that there’s room for others to pass. Stay to the right, pass left. Please move completely off the pathway when you stop.
Courtesy and rules by activity
Etiquette to follow at other sites
In Gatineau Park, some trails are designated for only one type of activity, while others are shared. Learn the etiquette and rules to follow for these trails.
In the Greenbelt, all natural trails are shared, year-round. However, some sectors of the Greenbelt have trails that are groomed for skiing by volunteers.
Guidelines for safety and security
At all times, be safe in the great outdoors
With everyone’s cooperation and self-management in following public health directives, we can all safely enjoy the outdoors this winter.
Be predictable and alert
Look and listen. The first defence against accidents is to be aware of your surroundings. Put your headphones and phone away, so that you can hear others.
Be safe and cautious, and be visible in the dark
Lights and reflectors on clothing, equipment and pets allow other users to see where you are, especially at night or when visibility is poor.