Gatineau Park has close to 70 kilometres of snowshoe trails, ranging in level of difficulty from easy to very difficult. About half of the trails are shared with snow bikers. The Park is a prime destination for outdoor activities that respect the environment.

Snowshoe trail conditions are updated regularly during the snowshoeing season. The trails are patrolled by professional and volunteer patrollers.

A daily or season pass is required to access the snowshoe trails in Gatineau Park.

Pets are not allowed on snowshoe trails.

Recommended trails by sector

Plan your snowshoe outing using the following recommendations, contact our team at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre for advice, or create your route using the interactive snowshoe map.

Choose trails that are appropriate for your level of ability.

Gatineau

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


Starting points:
P1 and P2 (Relais plein air), accessible by public transit

Old Chelsea

Trails 60 and 61

Trail 60 is an easy 1.5-kilometre loop that starts near the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre. It provides access to Trail 61, an easy 0.8-kilometre loop.

Starting point: Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, accessible by public transit on weekdays

Wolf Trail (Trail 62)

The popular Wolf Trail is a difficult 7.7-kilometre loop. With its steep 220-metre slope through mature forest, this trail challenges even seasoned snowshoers. It features two lookouts, Manhigan and Tawadina, which provide magnificent views of the Park.

Starting point: P13 (Blanchet Beach)

Trail 63

This easy 1.6-kilometre loop winds its way through the grounds of the Mackenzie King Estate, where snowshoers can see the quaint cottages and picturesque ruins against a snowy backdrop.

Starting point: P6 (via Kingsmere Road from Chelsea)

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.

These trails are shared between snowshoers and snow bikers.

Starting point: P15

Wakefield

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. It passes through a mature forest.

Trail 72 also connects with Trail 71, which starts in Meech Creek Valley.

These trails are shared between snowshoers and snow bikers.

Starting point: P17, accessible by public transit on weekdays

Philippe Lake

The northern sector has three trails in the area around Philippe, Renaud and Taylor lakes. Users can also extend their outdoor adventure by spending the night in a ready-to camp unit or at a winter campsite, located just a few kilometres from the parking lot.

Trail 73

Trail 73 is a difficult 11.6-kilometre loop around the shores of Philippe Lake. It features two outdoor rest areas with fire pits and benches.

Starting point: P19

Trails 74 and 75

Trail 74 is an easy 4.4-kilometre trail. Part of it leads to beautiful Renaud Shelter and part of it connects with Trail 73. It provides access to Trail 75, an easy 1.9-kilometre trail that offers great views of frozen Renaud Lake and leads close to Taylor Lake.

Starting point: P19

Useful information

Conservation first

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

With a little consideration and respect, all users can have fun and enjoy the trails.

  • Be sure to wear your pass in plain view.
  • Snowshoes are required on snowshoe trails, except when the trail surface is very hard.
  • Keep off cross-country ski trails, except at designated crossings, and yield to skiers.
  • When a snowshoe trail follows a ski trail, keep to the side of the trail to avoid damaging the tracks.


Rentals

Snowshoes 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.

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