Cycling in Gatineau Park

Photo of five cyclists on a parkway in Gatineau Park
Cycling through Gatineau Park
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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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Short Loops in the Park

Sections of the Gatineau Parkway will be closed to motor vehicles on Saturday mornings until the end of August, and on both weekend mornings in September and October from May 24 to October 26, 2014. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy 8.2 kilometres of scenic parkways in Gatineau Park that are reserved for cyclists, in-line skaters, runners and walkers.

Hours

  • Gatineau Parkway between Champlain Parkway and Chemin du Lac-Meech: 6 am to 11 am.
  • Gatineau Parkway north of Chemin du Lac-Meech: 6 am to 1 pm.

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 18 to August 31, 2014, 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.

You can also bike on some parkways in Ottawa that are closed to motor vehicles for Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays.

Note: Scooter-type power-assisted bikes are not allowed on the parkways while they are closed for Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays.

Facilities
Washrooms There are dry toilets at the Gatineau Park Welcome Area (P3) and the P8, P9 and P10 parking lots.
Parking Free parking is available at the Gatineau Park Welcome Area (P3) and the 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.