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

Closed on December 25

December 26 to January 4
Open daily, 9 am to 5 pm

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

Telephone

819-827-2020

Toll-free: 1-866-456-3016

TTY: 613-239-5090

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

Gatineau Park Welcome Area

Location

Hours

Open from May 17 to October 19, 2014

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

Gatineau Park is the National Capital Region’s conservation park. It is home to unique ecosystems and many different plants and animals, several species of which are at risk. Visitors can take part in a range of activities on themes related to the Park’s ecology and heritage, as well as enjoy a great variety of outdoor recreation activities — all 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 trail map.

Updates on Conditions

Facilities and Services

Visitor Centre

  • Information officers
  • Permanent exhibit: “Gatineau Park: Protecting Nature and Sharing Our History”
  • Temporary seasonal exhibits
  • Lunchroom
  • Washrooms
  • Souvenir shop (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

Summer

A vehicle access fee is charged for those parking at Gatineau Park beaches, the Mackenzie King Estate and parking lot P2, which is managed by the Relais plein air du parc de la Gatineau (website in French only). The fee is paid at the parking lot (cash only).

Vehicle Access Fee Dates

  • parking lots: Mid-June to Labour Day, daily
  • Mackenzie King Estate parking pot: Mid-May to mid-October, daily (except Tuesdays)

Day Pass Prices

Beach Vehicle Access

  • Car: $11 
  • Minibus (maximum 20 passengers): $33
  • Bus: $55

Mackenzie King Estate Vehicle Access

  • Car: $9
  • Minibus (maximum 20 passengers): $33
  • Bus: $55
  • Free for school groups participating in guided or non-guided activities at the Mackenzie King Estate. Reservation required for the free day pass.
  • Free on Tuesdays when the museums are closed.

Summer Season's Pass

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

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 Services récréatifs Demsis inc. website.

Getting Around

The Gatineau Park parkways and access roads are periodically closed to cars and other motor 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.

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, with the exception of P2, which is managed by the Relais plein air du parc de la Gatineau (website in French only)

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).

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

Maps

You can get print maps at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre and 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 Safety in Gatineau Park page.

Please help protect Gatineau Park and leave no trace.