Ottawa-Gatineau Gatineau Park



Scenic Drive along Gatieau Parkway This 36 square kilometre park is maintained by the National Capital Commission (NCC) and covers much of the Gatineau Hills (actually a branch of the Laurentian Mountains). The park is renowned for the views of the Ottawa Valley, several lakes, a historic site, a ski hill, lots of hiking, biking and cross-country nature trails. The park has over 100 varieties of wildflowers and 10 species of trees which create a vibrant palette of fall colours.

The park includes over 200 kilometres of trails suitable for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiiing, many with chalets along the way. Park access if free but several historical sites, beaches (in summer) and cross-country ski trails (in winter) have an admission/parking charge. Camping available at a number of lakes in the park; call for reservations. Day and season passes available.

Visitor Centre
318 Meech Lake Rd, Chelsea QC
Gatineau Parkway access from Alexandre Tache Boulevard, midway between Chaudiere and Champlain bridges
819-827-2020 1-800-465-1867

View of Pinks Lake is popular Pink Lake
About 8 km from start of Gatineau parkway, right-hand side
This lake is unusual both for its depth and its lack of oxygen, which causes its unusual aqua-green colour. Fewer than 1 in 1000 lakes share this property.

Lusk Cave
These caves are popular for cavers in the national capital areas.

Kingsmere Ruins at teh Mackenzie King Estate Mackenzie King Estate
72 Barnes Rd, Chelsea/Aylmer J0X 1N9
819-827-2020 fax: 827-6048 1-800-465-1867
This is the restored home of Canada's 10th and longest-serving prime minister, and includes two cottages (Moorside and Kinswood) complete with walling trails, formal gardens, a teahouse (with food & beverage service), a collection of ruins assembled by King. Open mid-May to mid-October Mon-Fri 11 am to 5 pm, and Sat-Sun (and Statutory holidays) 10 am to 6 pm. Admission $8 per car, $26 for minibus, $45 for a bus. For reservations or guided tours call 613-239-5100 or 1-800-465-1867.


Champlain Lookout View looking NW Champlain Lookout, Belvedere Lookout
Enjoy a stunning panoramic view toward the upper Ottawa Valley, from atop the Eardley Escarpment. Watch for hawks and other birds of prey who like to use the updrafts from the prevailing winds to climb high searching for food..

Annual Events:
Ski-Fest (late January), Keskinada Loppet ski race (mid Feb), Salon du livre de l'Outaouais (Book Fair) (late march), Canada Day (July 1), Labour Day at Mackenzie King Estate (/early September), Fall Rhapsody (late Sept - mid October),

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