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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  • What’s not to like the natural wonderland is minutes away from Ottawa, and has lakes for swimming, trails for biking and riding or skiing, fat biking and snowshoeing in the winter with open chalets we...  more »
  • Beautiful park, composed of Lakes of all colors, more beautiful than the other. Great walk around the Pink Lake. The views are superb. A must-see: the sunset of the Champlain lookout. Plan for the day to see it all. Nature in all its glory!
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  • There are so many activities in Gatineau Park, many of which are free to enjoy. Miles of beautiful hiking and cross country skiing trails offer something for everyone. The visitor center is great for ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful and calm area to visit. Owner needs more business in restaurant. Beautiful place for a walk, for kids , and for occasions like weddings and photos. Extremely large walking area and lawn, with various historical items, is massive.
  • One of the most beautiful and varied parks on the planet. Endless hiking trails/lakes/scenic spots with all kinds of terrains. Meticulously cared for. One of many blessings of living in the National Capital Region.
  • Another great hike through "Fall Rhapsody". This year was especially busy due to the great fall weather we have had this fall. We always like to go to the less known trails as they tend to be less busy and the parking is both free and available. Great family outing for fresh air and exercise.
  • Love the park specially in the summer. You can swim in the lakes or do a hiking. The view from Champlain lookout is great. Also, the Chelsea pub is a great place to have drink and food

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Where to stay in Gatineau

Overshadowed by the neighboring national capital just across the river, Gatineau itself offers relatively little in the way of accommodations. Most people prefer to stay in Ottawa and simply catch public transportation across the river. If you prefer to stay in Gatineau, you can find a handful of motels along Boulevard Greber, and a few chain hotels farther northeast, just off Boulevard Maloney O.
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