Gatineau Park
Gatineau Park
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This vast and scenic Ottawa park is ideal for walking, biking or cross-country skiing and also houses the MacKenzie King Estate, once the home of Canada's former Prime Minister.
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haveboozewilltravel
Murrieta, CA666 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Gatineau Park is accessed by car from Ottawa just a few miles north in Quebec. My wife and I spent most of a day there. Try to avoid weekends when parking is restricted and plan not to visit most major portions of the park until after 12Noon as many of the main access roads are closed to cars in the morning (only hikers and bikers)

On weekdays, parking is free except for the Mackenzie Estate. When we arrived at the Gatineau south entrance, we only then realized the park road to continue north has closed until noon. Many locals were not aware of this and were very unhappy.

We took some advice and then drove north on Route 5 east of Gatineau Park to Wakefield Covered Bridge (just outside the park) which is well worth the trip especially if you go during fall foliage. We went yesterday, October 5, 2022 and the fall colors were spectacular all along Route 5. There were access points into Gatineau connecting with Route 5 that were open before 12Noon. The one we took was a dirt road. We arrived at the gate to Mackenzie Estate about 15 minutes before Noon. Cars were already lined up.

Mackenzie Estate was well worth the visit because of the fall colors. When we went to use the parking ticket machine, several visitors wished us good luck as the machines were not working properly. One couple who had purchased a ticket and were leaving, gave me theirs which I put on my car dash. I would have purchased my own ticket if it had been feasible.

We then drove to Pink Lake which was nice, but had very few parking spaces. If I could have accessed this in the morning, the light would have been better. The lookout itself was disappointing because a tree was blocking the view.

When we were shut out of the park from the south entrance yesterday morning, we did have the bonus of seeing a black bear on the road as we were leaving. God works in strange ways!
Written October 6, 2022
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kdt282
Pickering, Canada43 contributions
Dec 2022
The roads are closed in the winter so that they can use them for cross country skiing. Unfortunately there wasn't any snow so we did some hiking. In the section around the city there is a lot of paved bike/walking trails. We did some of this combined with the bush trails. We have also hiked at the north end of the park and around the Mackenzie King Estate which would be my preference as the scenery is nicer.
Some day I want to get there when we can ski the trails.
Written December 11, 2022
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FarAway752596
41 contributions
Oct 2019
A must to visit! Gatineau park is just beautiful. Close to Ottawa, with so many lakes including Pink lake (green), trails, wildlife, breathtaking views especially from Belvèdere where you can see as far as the Outaouais River. Good variety of restaurants (Chelsea) it does not matter the season of the year, each one is unique in its own way. In Autunm enjoy the colors is just magic!!! My favorite place in the Outaouais.
Written February 17, 2020
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MW
Trenton, Canada50 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Had a great time in the park and treated very well by the staff. However we have now received via mail a $500 ticket for an expired sticker on our licence plate from the visitor centre parking lot. Per ontario covid regulations the sticker is not expired, it is legal ! Upon investigation such tickets are rampant in gatineau, and Ontarians need to be aware. This is how they treat tourists ? We wont ever be back. Theres nothing in gat park that you cant experience at home in trustworthy ontario. Stay away.
Written October 5, 2021
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Jennifer P
Quebec City, Canada2 contributions
Aug 2020
We camped for 3 nights at Taylor Lake. We hesitated between camping here or at Lake Philippe, but decided on Taylor because we wanted to be a little more secluded. First, we are not allowed to swim in Taylor Lake due to the snapping turtles. (I did not read this information anywhere on the website). Also - though the map clearly states that there is no water on site, I did not find it to be so clear with regards to the dry washrooms. (the symbol on the map should show an outhouse - not a different coloured bathroom symbol that is the same a the regular bathroom symbol).

But, what was worse was the very pesky family of raccoons who were not afraid of us one bit. They would come right to our table while we were eating and try to take some food. At night, we would hear them snarling and fighting which each other for left over crumbs on the ground. They got trapped in my kitchenette in the middle of the night (6 of them) and ripped up my table clothes with their dirty claws. To say they were a nuisance is an understatement. Had we had food in our tent, they would have tried to rip their way in. Needless to say, we didn't sleep much despite cleaning our site thoroughly before bed.
Written August 9, 2020
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stephen j
Gatineau, Canada228 contributions
Oct 2021
this is a must place to visit when the fall colours are full , its just so beautiful. Parking is plentiful so you can walk the routes or just drive thru the park if you wish. The scenery is breathing taking with the fall colours
Written February 27, 2022
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Bill in Webster, NY
3 contributions
Oct 2022
A huge park with great hiking trails and beautiful vistas. The most southern entrance is just minutes from downtown Gatineau, but the northern, more remote entrances are further away. The northern areas have great views of downtown Ottawa in the distance to the south. Wonderful hiking trails, even near the southern entrance.
Written November 26, 2022
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challst
Jackson, MS38 contributions
Feb 2020
Recently travelled to Gatineau to participate in the Gatineau Loppet - a cross-county ski race. The day before the race we went skiing on our own in the park and had a wonderful day. The trails, even those which weren't being prepared for the race, were wonderfully groomed. The forest is pristine and very beautiful. Our group talked about coming back in the future.
The Gatineau Loppet was well organized and great fun for us - even though we are casual skiers. As an example it took me 3 hours to go 15 km (I wasn't at my best, but the point is I am far from elite and still able to enjoy the event). The portion of the forest for the race was just as beautiful as the rest.
We stayed in Wakefield, as small town on the Gatineau river about 20 minutes north of the town of Gatineau. We had a nice AirBnB there. The town is welcoming with a number of small local restaurants, a surprisingly complete little grocery store and a bakery that we visited every day! Wakefield also provided super easy access to more northernly portions of the park.
Highly recommend visiting this park in winter!
Written March 4, 2020
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Craig N
Huntsville, Canada25 contributions
Mar 2022
Most people had snowshoes, but if there is no fresh snow and it is below zero, the trails are usually quite easy to cover in boots. We did the hike up to Healy Shelter which was beautiful, and we ate lunch in the shelter while watching the myriad birds feeding at the feeder outside. There was already a nice fire crackling inside when we arrived.

I have done many hikes and explorations of Gatineau Park and I have never been disappointed. There are a wide variety of winter and summer trails and some fantastic ruins, caves, cliffs, beaches, and waterfalls to find. The cabins are a lot of fun for overnight stays in the winter.
Written April 23, 2022
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Dennis B
Ottawa, Canada994 contributions
Sep 2013 • Couples
This is a small lake in the middle of Gatineau Park. The lake has a well maintained walking trail which goes completely around its perimitter. There is a relatively small parking lot, including two "go huts", which becomes full very quickly on weekends and particularily in the fall when everyone is out to view the fall foliage. The parking lot also serves as the starting point for another trail to the Mackenzie King estate.

The walk around the lake takes between 60 & ninety minutes depending on your level of fitness and how many stops you make at the numerous lookouts. There are a series of well maintained stairs to climb and descend. There is an abandoned mica mine about half way around the left hand side. Take the time to read the signs regarding the special nature of the area.

If you are coming from Ottawa I suggest you use Alexandre Taché Blvd/Chemin D'Alymer and turn onto Promenade de la Gatineau to reach the site. If you program the GPS to 45.439937N 75.762214W you will arrive at the south visitors centre before continuing on to Pink Lake.

A wonderful family outing.
Written September 30, 2013
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