Picnicking in Gatineau Park
Take a break from your outdoor adventures at one of Gatineau Park’s 15 picnic areas. Enjoy the view from Étienne Brûlé Lookout, soak in the peacefulness at the wooded Penguin Picnic Area or relax on the shores of Philippe or La Pêche lakes.
The Gatineau Park picnic areas are free and most are accessible from mid-May to the first snowfall. Some picnic areas have barbecues that you can use. Bring your own bring your own charcoal briquettes).
Help conserve the Park. Make sure you collect your garbage before you leave. Do not feed wild animals (racoons, squirrels, etc.) — it is prohibited in the Park. Dogs and pets are not permitted in the Gatineau Park picnic areas.
Picnic Areas with a Barbecue (BBQ)
- Church Hill Picnic Area
- Dunlop Picnic Area
- Mulvihill Lake Picnic Area
- Old Chelsea Picnic Area
- Penguin Picnic Area
- Luskville Falls Trail
- Breton Beach
- Parent Beach
- La Pêche Beach
Other Picnic Areas
- Sugarbush Trail and Visitor Centre
- Lauriault Trail
- King Mountain Trail
- Wolf Trail (Blanchet beach)
- Étienne Brûlé Lookout
- O’Brien Beach
- Blanchet Beach
- Smith Beach (reserved for campers)
Are you planning a group picnic? Please notify the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre (819-827-2020) to take advantage of all of the services available (snack bar, swimming, etc.). Gatineau Park picnic areas cannot be reserved exclusively for one group.
Help us protect Gatineau Park and leave no trace.
|Washrooms||Dry toilets are available at each picnic area.|
|Parking||Parking is available near each picnic area. See the Gatineau Park Summer Map for details. Vehicle access fees apply at beach parking lots.|
|Universal Accessibility||All picnic areas and dry toilets are universally accessible, with the exception of those at: Church Hill, Luskville Falls Trail, Wolf Trail and O’Brien Beach.|
For more information see Gatineau Park’s visitor information.