Champlain Lookout retaining wall collapsed
Following the collapse of part of the retaining wall at the Champlain Lookout, the wall at this historic landmark will be reconstructed to make the lookout accessible for everyone to enjoy year-round.

Champlain Lookout, located at the top of the Eardley Escarpment, provides the most well-known and most popular view in Gatineau Park. Its unique view overlooks the Ottawa Valley at a point where the Canadian Shield meets the St. Lawrence Lowlands. It is accessible by car, bike or cross-country ski.

About the project

In order to reopen this important destination in Gatineau Park, work to reconstruct the retaining wall will begin on Monday, July 13, 2020. The work, which should be completed by the end of fall 2020, consists of:

  • Removing the existing wall stones
  • Installing a new structural concrete retaining wall
  • Reinstating the masonry stones

The reinstated wall will have a similar look to the original lookout wall.


During construction, there will be heavy vehicles and machinery hauling materials to and from the Champlain Lookout. To ensure safety of park users, some portions of the Champlain Parkway and the Fortune Lake Parkway will be closed to all active users, Monday to Friday, from 6 am to 5 pm:

Champlain Parkway:

  • closed from the intersection of Fortune Lake Parkway up to the Étienne Brûlé Lookout, will reopen to active users at 5 pm
  • closed between the Étienne Brûlé Lookout and Champlain Lookout at all times

Fortune Lake Parkway:

  • closed between Champlain Parkway and Dunlop Road, will reopen to active users at 5 pm
  • access to parkway via trails 3, 9, 32 and 36 not allowed during the work

The two parkways:

  • Both parkway sections will be open on Saturday and Sunday to active users
  • Motor vehicles will be allowed on the parkways on Sunday afternoons, from 1 pm until sunset

The Champlain Lookout will be closed at all times during the work.

Appropriate signage will be installed at different key location to help direct active users and motor vehicles using the parkways while work is under way.

Traffic advisory