Snowshoeing in Gatineau Park

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Snowshoeing in Gatineau Park

Gatineau Park has one of the largest networks of trails in North America. You will now find 60 kilometres of snowshoe trails, varying in difficulty (rated from easy to difficult). Enjoy snowshoeing in a beautiful conservation area, located just minutes from downtown Ottawa.

Gatineau Park snowshoe trails network

  • 60 kilometres of snowshoe trails
  • Seven starting points allowing access to 13 trails
  • Trails are groomed once a week
  • Two easy trails from the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
  • Three easy trails from the Relais plein air du parc de la Gatineau
  • Longer and more challenging trails at Meech Lake, Wakefield and Philippe Lake.
  • Two starting points are now accessible via public transit: parking lot P2 via STO buses (daily) and the Visitor Centre via Transcollines (weekdays)
  • Six free parking lots and one paid parking lot (P2 at the Relais plein air du parc de la Gatineau)
  • Self-serve purchase of daily passes in the parking lots
  • Season passes with many exclusive benefits and discounts
  • Four day shelters maintained daily, each equipped with a wood-burning stove, picnic tables and outhouse
  • Fire pits along some trails
  • Ten ready-to-camp units and winter campsites located near snowshoe trails

Plan your snowshoe outing

Snowshoe Rentals

Snowshoes can be rented at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre.  

  • Monday to Friday, 9 am to 2:30 pm (last rental)
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 3:30 pm (last rental)

Snowshoes must be returned by 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday, and by 4:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday.

2014–2015 Rates

   Per Hour Per Day Overnight*
Snowshoes — Adult $7 $21 $30
Snowshoes — Child   (12 and under)    $5 $15 $30

* The overnight rental period is for 24 hours or less, and is available only to those staying in one of the Park’s ready-to-camp units. These rentals must be returned by 1 pm the following day.