Gatineau Park has close to 80 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
Choose trails that are appropriate for your level of ability.
The Lac-des-Fées trail is an easy 0.9-kilometre trail.
Starting point: The entrance to the trail is located on the Lac-des-Fées Parkway, near Brodeur Street.
Trails 29, 41, 42, 65, 66, 67, 68, 76 and 77
Nine 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 41: Difficult 1.6-kilometre trail
- Trail 42: Difficult 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
- Trail 77: Most difficult 1.8-kilometre trail
New connection between Gatineau and Old Chelsea
As part of a pilot project, an easy 1.9-kilometre section of the Gatineau Parkway is accessible to snowshoers and snow bikers. This new connection links trail 77 in the Gatineau sector and trail 79 in the Old Chelsea sector. Users must to stay on the service lane, along the edge of the parkway, and not use the part of the parkway designed for skiing.
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.
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)
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 79B
This 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 (8.4-kilometre round-trip) 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
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.
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 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: P20 (Breton Beach)
Trails 74 and 75
It will take you 3 km (6-kilometre round-trip) on trail 74 to get to the beautiful Renaud Shelter. It provides access to Trail 75, an easy 1.9-kilometre (3.8-kilometre round-trip) trail that offers great views of frozen Renaud Lake and leads close to Taylor Lake.
Starting point: P19
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.
- 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.
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.
- Winter Trail Map 2021-2022 (7.626 MB)