Gatineau Park has 61 kilometres of snowshoeing trails, ranging in level of difficulty from easy to very difficult.

Some trails are located just a few minutes from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau, and four starting points are accessible by public transit.

To access snowshoe 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 snowshoe trails and trail conditions.

Interactive map

Zoom in on the map to see more details, including parking lot, lookout and shelter locations. Click on a trail for information on specific trail length, level of difficulty and conditions.

Also check the snowshoe trail condition chart, which is updated regularly.

Snowshoeing 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).

These trails are shared for snowshoeing and snow biking.

Starting points: P1 (Asticou Centre) and P2 (Relais plein air)

Located close to the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, two easy loops are perfect for a short outing.

Starting point: Visitor Centre

This easy snowshoe trail wends its way through the gardens of the estate that belonged to a former prime minister of Canada, William Lyon Mackenzie King.

Starting point: P6 (via Kingsmere Road from Chelsea)

The popular Wolf Trail leads to two lookouts that provide a magnificent view of the Park.

Starting point: P13 (Blanchet Beach)

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.

You can also take a break and warm up at the outdoor rest area on Trail 71, which has a firepit and benches.

These trails are shared for snowshoeing and snow biking.

Starting points: P15 (Cross Loop Road) and P17 (Wakefield)

The northern sector has three trails in the area around Philippe, Renaud and Taylor lakes. Two of them are easy trails that lead to beautiful Renaud Shelter. The third one is longer and follows the shores of Philippe Lake.

You can also take a break and warm up at one of two outdoor rest areas on Trail 73, which have firepits and benches.

Starting point: P19 (Philippe Lake)

More information

There is a fee to access the snowshoe 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.
  • When a snowshoe 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.
  • Walking on the snowshoe trails is permitted (provided you have a pass), but only when the trail surface is very hard.
  • 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.

You can rent snowshoes at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre in Chelsea. (CLOSED FOR NOW)

  • Monday to Friday, 9 am to 2:30 pm (last rental); must be returned by 3:30 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 3:30 pm (last rental); must be returned by 4:30 pm

2019–2020 season rates

Length of rental

Adults

Children

1 hour

$10

$7

Day

$28

$19

24 hours (campers)*

$40

$40

* Snowshoes must be returned by 1 pm the following day.

The Relais plein air also rents snowshoes, as well as fat bikes and cross-country skis.

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