Hiking and Walking in Gatineau Park

Photo of family of four walking on a Gatineau Park trail during the fall.
Enjoy the many trails in Gatineau Park

Gatineau Park is an excellent spot for a hike through nature. There are 165 kilometres of hiking trails, with something for everyone whether you are a beginner or an avid hiker. Seven trails offer interpretation along the way. See the Gatineau Park Summer Trails Map for the complete trail system.

Part of the Gatineau Park trail system (90 kilometres) is shared between hikers and mountain bikers.

Hiking is not permitted on cross-country ski trails between November 15 and April 15, each year.

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Des Fées Lake Trail — 1 km

This great birdwatching trail runs along Des Fées Lake. It is at the southern end of Gatineau Park, near downtown Gatineau (Hull sector).

Trail Details
Length of Hike 30 minutes
Level of Difficulty Easy
Washrooms There is a dry toilet by the trail.
Parking Free parking is available on Gamelin Street.

Pioneer Trail — 1.3 km

Learn about settlers in the Outaouais region and the Park’s forest diversity on the Pioneer Trail. This trail begins at the Gatineau Park Welcome Area, near Gamelin Street in downtown Gatineau (Hull sector).

Trail Details
Length of Hike 30 minutes
Level of Difficulty Easy
Washrooms There is a dry toilet by the trail.
Parking Free parking is available at the Gatineau Park Welcome Area/Gamelin parking lot.
Universal Accessibility The Pioneer Trail is universally accessible.

Pink Lake Trail — 2.5 km

This trail goes around Pink Lake, a beautiful meromictic lake. The lake’s turquoise colour, the surrounding cliffs and the dense and varied nearby forest make this a charming site. Dogs and pets are not permitted on Pink Lake Trail.

Trail Details
Length of Hike 60 minutes
Level of Difficulty Moderate
Washrooms There is a dry toilet by the trail.
Parking Free parking is available at the Pink Lake Trail parking lot.
Universal Accessibility A short section at the beginning of the trail is universally accessible.

King Mountain Trail — 1.9 km

The King Mountain Trail leads to the Eardley Escarpment, some 300 metres above the Ottawa Valley. Interpretation panels will tell you about the varied forests along the trail and there are 10 lookouts. Take in the spectacular view of the Ottawa River Valley and nearby cities and check out the First Geodetic Survey Station National Historic Site. Dogs and pets are not permitted on King Mountain Trail.

Trail Details
Length of Hike 45 minutes
Level of Difficulty Challenging
Washrooms There is a dry toilet by the trail.
Parking Free parking is available at the King Mountain Trail parking lot.

Champlain Trail — 1.3 km

The Champlain Trail is at the top of the Eardley Escarpment. Along the trail you can learn about the unique plants found here. Stop at the Champlain Lookout and learn about the geological history of the area.

Trail Details
Length of Hike 30 minutes
Level of Difficulty Moderate
Washrooms There is a dry toilet by the trail.
Parking Free parking is available at the Champlain Lookout.

Luskville Falls Trail — 4.5 km

The Luskville Falls Trail has a 290-metre climb up the rocky slope of the Eardley Escarpment. At the top you have a superb view of the Ottawa River Valley. Along the way, learn about plants and trees on the escarpment, the most spectacular ecosystem in Gatineau Park. Dogs and pets are not permitted on the Luskville Falls Trail.

Trail Details
Length of Hike 2.5 hours
Level of Difficulty Very challenging (very steep hills)
Washrooms There is a dry toilet by the trail.
Parking Free parking is available at the Luskville Falls Trail parking lot.

Lauriault and Waterfalls Loop — 3 km

The Waterfall Trail at the Mackenzie King Estate was the former prime minister’s favourite wilderness walk. You can hike all or part of the loop formed by the Lauriault and Waterfall trails. Sights include the Bridal Veil Falls at the end of the Waterfall trail and a lookout on the Lauriault trail.

Trail Details
Length of Hike 60 minutes
Level of Difficulty Moderate
Washrooms There are washrooms are at the Mackenzie King Estate and dry toilets at the parking lots.
Parking Free parking is available at the Lauriault and Mulvihill parking lots. There is a vehicle access fee when parking at the Mackenzie King Estate.

Guides

A small guidebook called The Waterfall and Lauriault Trails has been published by the Friends of Gatineau Park. You can buy it at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre and at the Mackenzie King Estate when the museums are open.

For more information see Gatineau Park’s visitor information.