Snowshoeing in Gatineau Park
This winter, strap on your snowshoes and enjoy a walk through the forests of Gatineau Park. This beautiful conservation park near Ottawa has 55 kilometres of trails that are reserved for snowshoeing.
Among these are:
- Two easy trails from the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
- Three easy trails from the Relais plein air du parc de la Gatineau
- Longer and more challenging trails at Meech Lake, Wakefield and Philippe Lake.
For the most up to date information on open and closed trails, please see the Road and Trail Closures section.
See the Gatineau Park Winter Trails map for more information about the Park’s snowshoe trails.
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|Washrooms||There are washrooms at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre and the Relais plein air du parc de la Gatineau. There are outhouses at the starting points for all other snowshoe trails.|
Parking is free. You can park at:
You can also take the bus — the Relais plein air du parc de la Gatineau is accessible via the STO.
Bring a snack and enjoy it in warmth. The following day shelters are located along snowshoe trails:
Each day shelter is maintained daily and has a wood-burning stove and picnic tables.
You can extend your visit at the Park by staying overnight. During the winter the Park offers cabins, yurts and winter camping. The following are accessible via snowshoeing trails:
Reservations are required.
Snowshoes and luggage gliders can be rented from the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre.
From 9 am to 3:30 pm (last rental). Snowshoes have to be back by 4:30 pm.
|Per Hour||Per Day (Return by 4:30 pm)||Overnight* (Available only for those staying in a cabin or yurt)|
|Snowshoes — Adult||$6||$20||$25|
|Snowshoes — Child (12 and under)||$4||$10||$25|
*The overnight rental period is for 24 hours or less and is available only to those staying in one of the Park’s cabins or yurts. These rentals must be returned by 1 pm the following day.
Please stay on the trails intended for snowshoeing and walking. Snowshoeing is not allowed on the Park’s cross-country ski trails. This includes the areas of compacted snow that run between and beside the set tracks.
Dogs and pets are not permitted on snowshoeing trails and cross-country ski trails. See the Dog Walking in Gatineau Park page to find out where you can walk your dog in the winter.
For more information, see Gatineau Park’s visitor information page.