The Philippe Lake campground is an important attraction in Gatineau Park. The campground was built in the late 1950s and, apart from a few renovations, the campground facilities are now quite dated.

Over the next few years, the NCC will be working to modernize the campground. The project will improve the quality of the experience, and reduce the area’s overall environmental impact.

Planned improvements

The modernization of the Philippe Lake campground includes the following improvements:

  • new ready-to-camp units
  • improved campsite quality, safety and privacy
  • better access to electricity, as well as drinking water, with the addition of communal taps
  • animal-proof food lockers
  • a new amphitheatre, multi-use pavilion, kitchen shelter and camp store
  • more accessible campground and signage

Impact of the work

The NCC will undertake preliminary general infrastructure work beginning in September 2022.

Summer–fall 2022

Campsites in the Philippe Lake sector will be closed as of September 6, 2022. The Taylor, Ohomisi, the Pines and Philippe Lake ready-to-camp units will still be accessible. The work will not impact camping at Taylor Lake or La Pêche Lake. Only one washroom facility will be open to the public. Beaches boat launch and trails at Philippe Lake will still be accessible.

Winter 2022–2023

All campsites and ready-to-camp units in the Philippe Lake sector, with the exception of the Woodsia Yurt, which will be removed, will be open for the winter camping season.

Summer–fall 2023

Campsites and ready-to-camp units in the Philippe Lake sector will not be accessible. The work will have no impact on camping at La Pêche Lake.

Process and timeline

Winter 2021–2022: Design phase

Summer–fall 2022: Demolition and removal of some infrastructure

  • Demolition of buildings, such as the old camp store, wood shed, amphitheatre and Woodsia Yurt.
  • Removal of trees to prepare for work in spring 2023.

Spring–fall 2023: Resumption of work

  • More details to come

About the site

The campground at Philippe Lake offers basic amenities: campsites with picnic tables, washroom facilities, camp store, nature interpretation sites, as well as boat and bike rental services. The national trend in terms of camping services has led the NCC to renew its facilities and amenities.

The implementation of this project is part of the NCC’s major infrastructure projects made possible with the Government of Canada’s $52.4-million investment from the 2020 federal budget.