Gatineau Park has over 40 kilometres of snow biking trails, ranging in level of difficulty from easy to very difficult. All snow biking trails are shared with snowshoers, who have the right of way. The Park is a prime destination for outdoor activities that respect the environment.
The trails are not mechanically compacted or groomed. Snowshoe traffic compacts the snow, so trail conditions are variable. Snow bike trail conditions are updated regularly during the snow biking season. The trails are patrolled by professional and volunteer patrollers.
A daily or season pass is required to access the snow biking trails in Gatineau Park.
Pets are not allowed on snow biking trails.
Recommended trails by sector
Choose trails that are appropriate for your level of ability.
Trails 29, 65, 66, 67, 68 and 76
Six trails of varying difficulty can be found just steps from the city, in the southern sector of the Park. These trails are interconnected in a network that offers multiple possibilities for short and long outings. They feature magnificent forest scenery, and are shared between snowshoers and snow bikers.
Trail 65 is a difficult 2.6-kilometre loop that starts at parking lot P2.
Trail 67 is an easy 1.2-kilometre trail that starts at parking lot P1.
Create your own route by adding other trails in the area.
- Trail 29: Easy 1.1-kilometre trail
- Trail 66: Difficult 3.6-kilometre loop
- Trail 68: Easy 2.9-kilometre trail
- Trail 76: Most difficult 1.9-kilometre loop
Trails 79 and 80
This most difficult 7-kilometre loop is challenging, but accessible to everyone. The terrain is hilly, offering long but gradual ascents and descents. Part of the trail runs along a beautiful stream.
Important: Follow the ski trails on the identified route for snowshoers and snow bikers.
Starting point: P5
Meech Creek Valley
Trails 70 and 71
Trail 70 is a difficult 4.1-kilometre trail that starts at parking lot P15 and leads to Herridge and Healey shelters. It provides access to Trail 71, a most difficult 6.3-kilometre trail which has an outdoor rest area with a fire pit and benches. Together, trails 70 and 71 form a loop.
Trail 71 connects with Trail 72, which starts in Wakefield.
Starting point: P15
Trails 58, 72 and 72B
Trail 72 is a most difficult 6.9-kilometre loop that starts at parking lot P17 and leads to Brown Lake Shelter.
It provides access to Trail 58, a most difficult 1.4-kilometre trail which creates a short loop from P17. Its hilly terrain features numerous climbs, descents and curves. It boasts a beautiful view of the hills in the Wakefield area, and passes through a lovely evergreen forest.
Trail 72 also provides access to Trail 72B, a most difficult 2.8-kilometre loop that offers an additional challenge. Its terrain is technical, with steep climbs and descents and tight turns. It passes through a mature forest.
We recommend: From P17, take Trail 72 east to the second branch of Trail 72B, and enjoy the beautiful descent of the two sections of the 72B before returning to P17.
Trail 72 also connects with Trail 71, which starts in Meech Creek Valley.
These trails are shared between snowshoers and snow bikers.
Gatineau Park is home to important ecosystems and habitats, including species at risk protected by law. To protect the Park for future generations, it is vital that all users play by the rules. Follow the outdoor ethics code.
Code of ethics
Before you hit Gatineau Park winter trails, get familiar with trail etiquette.
- Be sure to wear your pass in plain view.
- Use the snow biking trails only when they are hard-packed.
- Keep off cross-country ski trails, except at designated crossings, and yield to skiers.
- When a snow biking trail follows a ski trail, keep to the side of the trail to avoid damaging the tracks.
- Yield to snowshoers. You have them to thank for compacting the trails you use.
Help us protect the trails
- Tire width must be at least 9.4 cm (3.7 inches), and tire pressure must be 10 psi or less.
- Avoid locking your rear wheel (skidding) on downhill runs; the ruts left behind can damage the trails.
- Get off the trails:
- if you have trouble steering in a straight line;
- if snow conditions are such that you have to walk your bike up small, easy hills.
Fat bikes are available for rent at the Relais plein air and other local shops.
Your safety, your responsibility
Engaging in outdoor activities involves certain risks, and it is always wise to exercise caution. In winter, cold weather can present a real danger. Prepare for a safe and enjoyable outing in the Park, with these safety tips.
- Winter Trail Map 2020-2021 (13.51 MB)