Mountain Biking in Gatineau Park
With some 90 kilometres of shared trails, there are lots of places for mountain biking in Gatineau Park. But be prepared! To tackle the Park’s hilly terrain, you need to be in good shape and have a few mountain biking skills.
Gatineau Park’s mountain biking season runs from May 15 to November 30. The multi-use trails are open to hikers and mountain bikers, so be sure to follow the Mountain Biking Code of Conduct.
For ecological reasons, mountain biking is not allowed on any trails other than the ones indicated in the brochure Mountain Biking in Gatineau Park: Staying on the Right Track
Please help to protect Gatineau Park and leave no trace.
Extreme Mountain Biking at Camp Fortune
For thrill-seekers, there is mountain biking at Camp Fortune, which opens its ski slopes for biking during the summer. (Fees may apply)
*New* Pilot Project
Following discussions with the mountain biking community in the region, the NCC is increasing the mountain biking offer by adding 7.8 kilometers to the shared trail network in Gatineau Park. This is a pilot project (ending on November 30, 2016) on trails 3, 14 and 33 as well as on trail sections 2 and 32. See the map here.
This addition allows to improve the circuits in our shared pathway network, which should reduce the pressure on other pathways.
Mountain Biking Code of Conduct
The following rules are promoted and recognized worldwide by the International Mountain Bicycling Association. They are intended to help ensure the safety of hikers and mountain bikers, as well as protect the environment.
Use only trails that are approved for mountain biking (which are shared trails).
Bike only during the permitted biking season. In the spring and fall, the trails are particularly vulnerable to erosion.
Always yield the right-of-way to hikers.
Control your speed at all times — especially on curves and downhill portions of the trail. To avoid accidents, alert other trail users to your presence as you approach to pass them.
Plan ahead! Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding — and prepare accordingly.
There are outhouses at most parking areas near the mountain biking trails
Some parking lots charge vehicle access fees. See Mountain Biking in Gatineau Park: Staying on the Right Track and Gatineau Park summer maps for more information.