Last updated: November 27, 2020

Winter is almost here, and some people were even able to engage in their favourite winter activities in Gatineau Park earlier this week. The Park’s professional ski patrol began working on Sunday, November 15, 2020.

Although the early arrival of snow this year has allowed us to undertake some grooming operations, the current mild weather is causing the snow to melt, and the trail base is thin. Maintenance teams now have to keep operations to a minimum so as not to damage the existing snow base.

The arrival of snow marks the end of summer activities and the Park’s summer rules and regulations. Signage has been changed accordingly. Mountain biking season is now over. For those who enjoy winter hiking, there are four trails for their use. Park users are asked to obey the signage posted in the parking lots and at trail entrance points.

Skiing

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Grooming operations were undertaken early this week on the parkway network, on some of the primary trails in the southern sector of the Park, and on several trails in the northern sector, where there is more snow. At the same time, the maintenance team has been working to prepare the base in the southern sector, as well as on other trails in the northern sector.

The maintenance team has had to stop working due to the mild weather and rain. However, with cooler temperatures in the forecast for Saturday night and Sunday morning, the team will assess whether or not grooming operations will be possible on the parkway network. In any case, spring conditions and a hard base are to be expected on the parkways. Please be cautious.

The entire trail network is currently not recommended.

Please be considerate of other users. Use only the trails designed for your activity.

Snowshoeing

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The snowshoe trails are soft, with exposed ground in places. Snowshoes must be worn if you sink more than 2.5 cm into the snow. Please be cautious. Sections of the trail may be slippery or wet. The trails are not recommended.

Please note that parking lot P15, in the northern sector, is closed. 

Please be considerate of other users. Use only the trails designed for your activity.

Snow biking

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The trails are soft, with some slippery and wet sections, and exposed ground in places. In these conditions, tire tracks in the soft snow will damage the trails, making them dangerous for other users. Use of the trails in these conditions is not permitted, as indicated on the signage at trail entrance points. Snow biking trails are not recommended.

Please note that parking lot P15, in the northern sector, is closed.

Please be considerate of other users. Use only the trails designed for your activity.

Hiking

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The snow base on the trails is thin, and sections of the four trails designed for winter hiking may be wet. The Sugarbush Trail was compacted this week.

Please be considerate of other users. Use only the trails designed for your activity.