Cycling in Gatineau Park
Gatineau Park offers plenty of scenic options for cyclists. Enjoy the Park’s parkways, which consist of 32.5 kilometres of panoramic winding roads. Be prepared: to bike on Gatineau Park’s hilly terrain you need to be in good shape and have some skill in cycling.
If you prefer to take to the forest, Gatineau Park has 90 kilometres of trails where you can mountain bike.
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- Gatineau Parkway is closed between the P8 and P9 parking lots (north of Chemin du Lac-Meech)
Short Loops in the Park
Sections of the Gatineau Parkway will be closed to motor vehicles from May 23 to October 25, 2015 on Saturday mornings until the end of August, and on both weekend mornings in September and October. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy 8.2 kilometres of scenic parkways in Gatineau Park that are reserved for cyclists, in-line skaters, runners and walkers.
- Gatineau Parkway between Champlain Parkway and Chemin du Lac-Meech (4.7 kilometres): 6 am to 11 am.
- Gatineau Parkway north of Chemin du Lac-Meech: 6 am to 1 pm (3.5 kilometres).
Please note that all parkways will reopen to motorized vehicles at 10:30 am, during the three following weekends:
- September 26 and 27
- October 3 and 4
- October 10 and 11
The Short Loops in the Park Google map shows the short loops, as well as alternative routes for cars.
Note: Scooter-type power-assisted bikes are not allowed on the Gatineau Parkway while it is closed for the Short Loops in the Park.
Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays in Gatineau Park
On summer Sundays, enjoy cycling on 30.5 kilometres of scenic and car-free parkways. From May 17 to September 6, 2015, the Gatineau, Champlain and Fortune Lake parkways are closed to motor vehicles from 6 am to 11 am.
The section north of Chemin du Lac-Meech is ideal for families with young children and is closed for two additional hours, from 6 am to 1 pm.
Note: Scooter-type power-assisted bikes are not allowed on the parkways while they are closed for Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays.
|Washrooms||There are dry toilets at the Gatineau Park Welcome Area (P3) and the P5, P8, P9 and P10 parking lots.|
|Parking||Free parking is available at the Gatineau Park Welcome Area (P3) and the P5, P8, P9 and P10 parking lots.|
See the Gatineau Park summer map for more detailed information.
Rules and Safety
Every day, many different users enjoy the roads in Gatineau Park. Courtesy and consideration on the part of all users are essential to ensure the full enjoyment of the road network. Please obey the rules of the road and be considerate of other users.
Share the road. When cycling on the parkways:
- Ride in single file.
- Keep groups to a maximum of 15 cyclists.
- Obey stop signs.
For more information, see Gatineau Park's visitor information.