Gatineau Park has four trails for winter hiking, with a total of about 10 kilometres.

These trails are located just minutes from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau, and three of them are accessible by public transit.

You can walk your dog on these trails, but it must be kept on a leash.

Trail Map

Use the PDF map below to get an overview of the winter trail network, featuring cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow biking and hiking trails.

Winter hiking trails are indicated with a solid orange line. A paper version of the map can be purchased at the Visitor Centre.

Winter trail map

Trail conditions

The trails are mechanically groomed once a week, usually on Friday. Every Friday, our team provides a weekly update on trail conditions and grooming operations, as well as recommended starting points for the weekend.

Winter hiking trails

This 1.9-kilometre trail is located close to the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, in Chelsea. This trail takes you on a nice walk through the forest.

Starting points: Visitor Centre

This 4.5-kilometre trail begins at the Mackenzie King Estate and passes by the Abbey Ruins. This was one of former prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King’s favourite trails.

Starting point: P6 (via Kingsmere Road from Chelsea)

This 1.3-kilometre trail is located in the Hull sector of Gatineau. It features interpretation panels that highlight the history of settlers in the Outaouais region and the Park’s forest diversity.

Starting point: P3 (Gatineau Park Welcome Area)

This 1.6-kilometre trail located in the Hull sector of Gatineau features beautiful natural landscapes in close proximity to the city. For a longer route, add Pioneers Trail to this one.

Starting point: P1 (Asticou Centre) or P3 (Gatineau Park Welcome Area)

More information

Access to hiking trails is free.

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

  • Please use only the trails designed for your activity.
  • 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.

Engaging in outdoor activities involves certain risks. Be informed about safety measures, and exercise caution at all times.