Visitor Information

Photo of front of the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
Gatineau Park Visitor Centre

Gatineau Park Visitor Centre

Location

Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
33 Scott Road
Chelsea, QC
Hours

November 2 to April 30
Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm

December 26 to January 5
Open daily, 9 am to 5 pm
Closed on December 25.

May 1 to November 1
Open daily, 9 am to 5 pm

Telephone

819-827-2020

Toll-free: 1-800-465-1867

TTY: 613-239-5090

Toll-free TTY: 1-866-661-3530

Gatineau Park Welcome Area

Location

Hours

Open from the last Saturday in May to Thanksgiving Monday

Summer

Weekends, 10 am to 5 pm

Fall

Weekends: 10 am to 5 pm

Labour Day: 10 am to 5 pm

Thanksgiving Monday: 10 am to 5 pm

Winter

Closed

Explore the National Capital Region’s conservation park! Gatineau Park is home to unique ecosystems and many plants and animals at risk. Learn about the park’s ecology and heritage while enjoying a great variety of outdoor recreation activities. Gatineau Park is an outdoor paradise just 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa.

Emergency Assistance

In case of emergency, call 613-239-5353 or go to one of the Park shelters. Each shelter (except Shilly Shally) has an emergency radio communication system. Park shelters are indicated by signs on the trails and are marked on the Trails map.

Updates on Conditions

Facilities and Services

Visitor Centre

  • Information officers
  • Permanent exhibit — Gatineau Park: Protecting Nature and Sharing Our History
  • Temporary seasonal exhibits
  • Lunch room
  • Washrooms
  • Boutique where you can buy Gatineau Park books, maps and souvenirs
  • Meeting rooms
  • Parking
  • Universally accessible

Welcome Area

  • Information officers
  • Interpretation panels
  • Maps
  • Dry toilets
  • Parking
  • Universally accessible

Other Services

Fees

Winter

A pass is required for cross-country skiers.

Daily Ski Passes: You can buy your daily pass at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre or at the kiosks located at each of the 14 cross-country ski starting points.

Season Ski Passes: You can buy your season ski pass at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, or online through the Demsis website.

Summer

There is a vehicle access fee for those parking at the Gatineau Park beaches and the Mackenzie King Estate. The fee is paid at the parking lot (cash only).

Vehicle Access Fee Dates

  • Beach Parking Lots: Mid-June to Labour Day; daily
  • Mackenzie King Estate Parking Lot: Summer 2013: July 2 to mid-October; daily except Tuesdays

Day Pass Prices

Beach Vehicle Access

  • $11 — car
  • $33 — minibus (20 passengers or less)
  • $55 — bus

Mackenzie King Estate Vehicle Access

  • $8 — car
  • $30 — minibus (20 passengers or less)
  • $50 — bus
  • Free for school groups participating in guided or non-guided activities at the Mackenzie King Estate.
  • Free on Tuesdays when the museums are closed

Summer Season’s Pass

You can buy a season’s pass that gives access to all Gatineau Park beaches, Leamy Lake beach, and the Mackenzie King Estate. This costs $75 per car and can be bought at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre as well as online through the Demsis website.

Getting Around

The Gatineau Park parkways and access roads are periodically closed to cars and other motorized vehicles to support recreation in the park.

See the Road Closures in Gatineau Park page for complete information.

Parking

Parking lots are located throughout the Park.

Winter: All parking is free, with the exception of parking lot P2, which is managed by the Relais plein air du parc de la Gatineau (website in French only).

Summer: Vehicle access fees are charged at the beach parking lots and the Mackenzie King Estate during swimming and museum hours. All other parking lots offer free parking.

See the Fees section for complete information about vehicle access fees.

Maps

You can get print maps at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, the Gatineau Park Welcome Area.

Universal Accessibility

There are universally accessible options for each type of experience at Gatineau Park. These include scenic lookouts, walking trails, picnic areas, beaches, campsites and the Mackenzie King Estate. The Points of Interest and Things to Do pages offer more detailed accessibility information.

Guided and Self-guided Tours

Gatineau Park offers a number of guided and self-guided tours. There are also tours at the Mackenzie King Estate.

Safety and Conservation

To ensure your safety in Gatineau Park, and help you make the most of your visit, please check out our page of tips and other useful information.

Please help protect Gatineau Park and leave no trace.

Share the Road

Many different users enjoy the roads in Gatineau Park. Please obey the rules of the road and be considerate of other users so that all can enjoy these scenic parkways.

Cars and other motorized vehicles:

  • Obey the speed limit.
  • Use caution when passing cyclists: maintain a minimum distance of one metre. To do so, it may be necessary to drive somewhat over the yellow line.
  • Park only in designated areas.

Bikes:

  • Ride in single file.
  • Keep groups to a maximum of 15 cyclists.
  • Obey stop signs.