Gatineau Park has nine trails, and a total of 30.5 kilometres, which are shared for snow biking and snowshoeing. The trails range in level of difficulty from easy to very difficult, depending on the terrain, which varies from slightly rolling to steep.
Some of the snow biking trails are located just a few minutes from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau, and two starting points are accessible by public transit.
To access snow biking trails, you must have a (daily or season) pass. Buy your pass here.
Interactive map and trail conditions
With the help of our maintenance and patrol teams, we are able to provide regular updates to the interactive map and trail condition information.
Use the interactive map below to get an overview of the snow biking trails and trail conditions.
Also check the snow biking trail condition chart, which is updated regularly.
Snow biking trails
Six trails of varying difficulty can be found just steps from the city, in the southern sector of the Park. You can access these trails from parking lots P1 and P2 and the Leamy Creek Pathway (Trail 29, along the ski trails by the field).
The Meech Creek Valley trails — which are rated as difficult and very difficult — lead to Herridge and Healey shelters, which are recognized for their architecture, as well as to the shelter at Brown Lake. Day shelters have a wood stove, picnic tables and outhouses.
You can also take a break and warm up at the outdoor rest area on Trail 71, which has a firepit and benches.
There is a fee to access the snow biking trails.
- Buy your daily pass online, or you can buy a daily pass at trail starting points (parking lots), which accept cash only.
- Make sure you wear your pass in plain view.
With a little courtesy and respect, all users can have fun and enjoy the trails.
- Please use only the trails designed for your activity.
- Yield to snowshoers. You have them to thank for compacting the trails that you use.
- When a snow biking trail follows a ski trail, keep to the side of the trail to avoid damaging the tracks.
- Keep off cross-country ski trails, except at designated crossings, and yield to skiers.
- Your tire width must be at least 9.4 cm (3.7 inches), and your 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.
- With the exception of service dogs, pets are not allowed on snowshoe trails.
Engaging in outdoor activities involves certain risks. Be informed about safety measures, and exercise caution at all times.
The Relais plein air rents fat bikes, as well as snowshoes and cross-country skis.
Some local retailers also rent fat bikes.
- Winter Trail Map (15.17 MB)