Recreation in Gatineau Park

Photo of trail sign in Gatineau Park
Hiking in Gatineau Park
Maps and Publications

Gatineau Park is a favourite destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities, receiving 2.7 million visits per year. Visitors enjoy the hundreds of kilometres of trails, the 32.5 kilometres of scenic parkways and the many lookouts and heritage features within the Park.

It is a Park priority to encourage discovery and access while minimizing the impact of recreation activities on the natural environment and fragile ecosystems. As such our planning activities support the development of sustainable recreational experiences that are respectful of the protected natural environment.

Please help us ensure that the Park is accessible for future generations and leave no trace.

Popular Recreational Activities

Gatineau Park has no shortage of activities for outdoor enthusiasts. In the summer, popular activities include hiking, swimming, mountain biking, cycling, rock climbing, boating, fishing and geocaching. During the winter the Park has maintained trails for cross-country skiing, as well as trails for snowshoeing and winter hikes. Visit Things to Do in Gatineau Park to find out more about the variety of Gatineau Park recreational activities.

Managing Recreation

Recreation in Gatineau Park is guided by four principles.

Conservation: Activities and services must have a minimal impact on the environment.

Discovery: Activities and services must foster the discovery of nature, of history, and culture.

Appreciation: Activities and services must enable users to enjoy and experience the range of benefits associated with outdoor recreational activities.

Accessibility: Recreation programs and services must be developed in such a way as to facilitate the participation of all Canadians.