Safety in Gatineau Park
To get the most out of your visit, and ensure your safety at any time of the year, please bear these safety tips in mind.
- Dress appropriately, and wear footwear that is suited to your activity and the weather conditions.
- Plan your route.
- Stay on officially marked trails. Check the Gatineau Park summer and winter trail maps.
- Do not approach wild animals, and make noise to avoid surprising them.
- Tell a friend or family member where you are going and which route you are taking.
- Avoid setting out alone on the trails.
- Carry a cellphone. However, please note that cellphone reception and signals vary, depending on your location in the Park and your telephone service provider.
- Make sure that you have the knowledge and skills required to engage in your activity and that you have the right gear with you.
- Bring the following survival essentials on all outings, short or long:
- first aid kit
- water (1 L per person is recommended)
- extra food: nutritious snacks such as nuts and protein bars
- pocket knife
- fire-making kit: waterproof matches, lighter, fire starter and candle
- extra clothing to keep you warm and protect you from inclement weather
- navigation/communication tool (map and compass or GPS)
- emergency shelter such as a tarp or large garbage bag
- sun protection (sunglasses, sunscreen, hat)
- insect repellent
Make sure that you know the location of the Park’s day shelters that have emergency communication systems.
If you need immediate assistance (police, fire department or ambulance), call 9-1-1.
To inform the NCC about any other dangerous situation, call 613-239-5353.
Inform yourself about Lyme disease.
Please respect the following rules, which have been established to ensure the integrity of the Park’s natural resources without compromising the quality of your experience.
- No alcoholic beverages (subject to fines).
- Camping, campfires and barbecuing are allowed only in designated areas.
- No hunting or collecting (of animals, insects or butterflies), no picking or gathering (of plants, flowers, nests, rocks, wood or anything else).
- Fishing is allowed in most Park lakes, as per provincial legislation for zone 10 and zone 25 (Lac des Fées). No fishing in Pink, Mousseau or Édouard lakes.
- Do not feed, harm, injure or disturb any wild animal, or damage its home or habitat.
- Parking for cars and other vehicles is allowed only in designated areas.
- Swimming is allowed only at supervised beaches.
- Mountain biking is allowed only on designated trails (May 15 to November 30).
- Do not walk or snowshoe on the cross-country ski trails.
- From April 15 to November 30, you can walk your leashed pet on all marked, officially recognized trails in Gatineau Park, except for Pink Lake, King Mountain and Luskville Falls trails.
- From December 1 to April 14, you can walk your leashed pet only on Sugarbush, Lauriault and Pioneer trails.
- Also, year-around, pets are not allowed at campgrounds, beaches, picnic areas, ready-to-camp units and shelters.
- Leave natural resources (i.e. plants, rocks and so on) and human artifacts untouched. Take only photographs.
- Do not bring alcoholic beverages into the Park.
- Please do not pollute. Pack out what you pack in.
Share the Road
Many different users enjoy the roads in Gatineau Park. Please obey the rules of the road, and be considerate of other users so that everyone can enjoy these scenic parkways.
Cars and other motor vehicles:
- Obey the speed limit.
- Use caution when passing cyclists: maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metre. To do so, it may be necessary to drive somewhat over the yellow line.
- Park only in designated areas.
- Ride in single file.
- Keep groups to a maximum of 15 cyclists.
- Obey stop signs.