Gatineau Park, Gatineau

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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. Arrange your visit to Gatineau Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in Gatineau using our Gatineau trip planner .
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  • This is a simply awesome place to soak in the sun, wind, smell and beauty of the place. You will keep wanting to go back.  more »
  • The park is great for biking, hiking, skiing, and paddling among other things. XC skiing is probably the best in the east. -- grooming is excellent and terrain variety is amazing. During the summer, t...  more »
  • Its so close to the city and yet so far. A wilderness within my community that I love. It has everything, lakes to swim in, trails to walk, bike or cross country ski on, great camp sites and much more...  more »
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  • It is a beautiful park. With everything you need and want. Great hiking trails. Nice bicycle paths, amazing views. Nice beaches with places to swim. Great photo opportunities, wide variety of wild life. Sky slopes... the only minus is the park authority creating tons of issues for cars, bicycles and pedestrians.
  • A truly spectacular slice of nature with some fantastic and well maintained hiking trails. The trails are somewhat seasonal (some become skiing trails in the winter for instance) so I'd recommend doing a bit of research before visiting. It'll be well worth the effort.
  • awesome camp sites. we stayed near the smiths beach. the wash rooms are clean and nit. our site was accessible to the beach and water source. very quite and pleasant place to visit with kids. take a swim in smiths beach, water was too much clean u can see the white sands underneath. We have already booked my camp sites for this year too.... :)
  • Great trails for hiking, snow shoeing and x-country skiing. Head into Chelsea for a coffee/tea/hot chocolate/beverage after a wonderful tour in a winter wonderland. Check the website in advance, most trails are pet friendly. The visitor centre in Chelsea has plenty of things to look at for kids, clean public washrooms and a place to warm up and change. Overall, this is a great spot for a winter family outing.
  • The tail head at O'Brian beach has great groomed trails for skate Ski or classic. There are a lot of ups and downs. I would say that this is a more advanced trail. You can also walk the trail easily on foot. Snow shoes are not allowed. Outhouses are at the trail head with a map as well. Make sure to check out the ruins about 1km in in the left. The path to the ruins is not groomed but not difficult.
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