Gatineau Park has 11 kilometres of winter walking and hiking trails, ranging in level of difficulty from easy to difficult.
- Pioneers Trail: Easy, 1.3 km loop, from P3.
- Capital Pathway: Easy, 3.2 km round trip, from P1 or P3.
- Sugarbush Trail: Easy, 3 km loop, from the Visitor Centre or P4.
- Lauriault Trail: Difficult, 4.5 km loop, from P6.
The trails are mechanically groomed once a week. During the winter season, we update the interactive map and conditions table every week.
There are 5 parking lots to start your hike from: P1*, P3, P4, Visitor Centre* and P6.
*Accessible by public transit
Before you hit Gatineau Park winter trails, get familiar with trail etiquette.
- Stay on designated hiking trails.
- Do not walk on ski trails. Our team works very hard at setting and maintaining the tracks for skiing. When necessary, cross ski trails at designated crossings, and yield to skiers.
- Dogs are allowed on the winter walking and hiking trails, but must be kept on a leash.
- With a season or daily pass, walking is permitted on snowshoe trails, but only when the surface is hard-packed. Pets are not allowed on snowshoe trails.
Other useful information
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.