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Gatineau Park, Gatineau

Categories: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
Get lost in the dense woodland of Gatineau Park, a nature reserve boasting lakes, hiking trails, and scenic views. Keep an eye out for a range of bird species, including the pileated woodpecker, turkey vulture, and common loon. The 361 sq km (139 sq mi) park, one of the biggest in the country, is particularly well known for the Pink Lake hike. Trek the path to enjoy incredible views of the lake and the park's ever changing colorful trees. Other activities include renting a canoe, taking the Skyline trail, mountain biking, and skiing. Gatineau Park is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Gatineau Edition.
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  • I recommend a walk on the path near the Huron gazebo with a stop in one of the shelters for dinner... It's easy and pleasant even with young children and the view is beautiful.
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  • This beautiful park was so close to the city (and Ottawa) that is really good! It is about the same amount of time driving from Toronto. It has a lot more choices of hotels and good restaurants than A...  read more »
  • Being resident here, I often have the chance to visit this park every season. The highlights, in my view, to this park are: the Belvedere Pink Lake and Champlain and the Mackenzie King Estate. The best seasons are autumn and winter. Fall for the colour of the trees, and in winter for its large white landscape of ice and snow. This Park is one of the most popular places by residents and tourists. Whether you are looking for a tour, a picnic, a ballad, a moment of relaxation, this park offers a natural "show" that will appeal to everyone. Each fall, a special Shuttle brings you to the park for free. This service is generally available the first 3 weekends in October. The entrance to the Park is free, but for some parking lots you will have to pay fees and/or rights of entry, mainly for the Mackenzie King Estate, just by looking at the pictures of this park, you will understand why a picture is worth a thousand words. You just have to visit it.
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  • Gatineau Park is a real gem. Located only a few minutes from downtown Ottawa, it offers hiking and biking trails as well as a real get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. In the winter it becomes a playground for cross-country skiers and snowshoers. It offers great views of the Ottawa Valley from several look-outs along the escarpment and is absolutely beautiful in the fall when all the trees change colors. If you're looking for some time away from the city this is a great place to go.
  • Just a few minutes away from downtown Ottawa. Many km's of trails, paved roads for road cycling with great scenery. Things not to miss: Champlain Lookout, Mckenzie-King Domain, Pink Lake.
  • A great place to ride bikes when the parkway is closed (even when it is open the car traffic is minimal). Also fantastic for cross country skiing in the winter. A lovely getaway from Ottawa.
  • This is a true treasure for all Nature Lovers during any season. It offers literally all kinds of outdoor sports and recreation: there are even caves! Minutes from the Parliament of Canada. Please check out their website for all the details and maps. The name "park" might be deceiving for someone: its territory is bigger than Ottawa itself: you can spend years exploring it thus it is important to plan your trip carefully for successful fun and safety: pick one or a couple locations for your visit, plan where you are going to park and determine alternative parking locations if the one you planned is busy. Dress accordingly, check weather forecast, get paper maps or GPS if you are planning on hiking, check your cell phone batteries.
  • A beautiful park with lots of great trails, and some fun caves to explore. My only complaint is that many of the camp sites are very densely packed.
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