Boating in Gatineau Park

Photo of two people standing next to their kayaks on a Gatineau Park lakeshore
Kayakers in Gatineau Park

Indulge in the great Canadian pastime of spending a peaceful afternoon canoeing on a lake surrounded by nature. You can canoe and kayak on Meech Lake, Philippe Lake and La Pêche Lake. Boat rentals are available at Philippe Lake and La Pêche Lake.

Are you interested in canoe-camping? Check out the camping at La Pêche Lake!

For conservation reasons, the use of motorized boats is limited in Gatineau Park. Also, dogs and pets are not permitted near any bodies of water in Gatineau Park.

Help us protect Gatineau Park, and leave no trace.

Boating Locations

  • Meech Lake: McCloskey boat launch
  • Philippe Lake: Boat launch and rental
  • La Pêche Lake: Boat launch and rental

Boat Rentals

You can rent a boat at two locations in Gatineau Park.

  • Philippe Lake: Canoes, kayaks (single and double) and pedal boats
  • La Pêche Lake: Canoes, rowboats and kayaks (single and double)
  Canoes, Kayaks, Pedal Boats and Rowboats Tandem Kayak
1.5 hours $20 $25
2 hours $25 $31
3 hours $30 $37
4 hours $38 $43
Day $50 $55
24 hours (campers only) $45 -
Taxes are included in these prices.

Boat rentals include two paddles and two life jackets. Extra life jackets and paddles cost $1 per hour or $3 per day.

Canoe reservations can be made for large groups (10 canoes or more) by calling the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre.

Hours of Service


May 9 to

June 12, 2014

June 13 to

August 31, 2014

September 1 to

October 12, 2014

Philippe Lake

Friday: 1 pm to 6 pm

Saturday: 9 am to 6 pm

Sunday: 9 am to 5 pm

Open daily, 9 am to 8 pm

Friday: 1 pm to 6 pm

Saturday: 9 am to 6 pm

Sunday: 9 am to 5 pm

La Pêche Lake

Friday: 12 pm to 8 pm

Saturday: 8 am to 6 pm

Sunday: 8 am to 5 pm

Open daily, 8 am to 7:30 pm

Friday: 11 am to 7 pm

Saturday: 8 am to 6 pm

Sunday: 8 am to 5 pm

For each location, the last rental is two hours before closing.

Washrooms There are washrooms at the Philippe, La Pêche and Meech lake beaches.
Parking There is parking throughout the Park. Vehicle access fees are in effect for parking at Philippe Lake, La Pêche Lake or Meech Lake.

For more information, see Gatineau Park’s visitor information.