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Immerse yourself in nature in Gatineau Park, the Capital’s conservation and outdoor recreation park, just 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa–Gatineau. One of the few places in Quebec with such rich biodiversity, the Park is a sanctuary for more than 100 species of plants and animals at risk. Gatineau Park is managed by the National Capital Commission (NCC). Year-round, enjoy a range of activities —swimming, hiking, biking, camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing — as well as heritage sites and nature interpretation.
Parkbus offers two options for those who wish to experience Gatineau Park: Route A (shorter) goes from downtown Ottawa and ends at Champlain Lookout, offering stops at the Pink Lake trailhead, MacKenzie King Estate and King Mountain Trailhead. Route B (longer) will take you from downtown Ottawa all the way to Phillippe Lake, where you could spend a full day hiking and relaxing on beautiful beaches.
AT THE PARK
Once you reach your selected destination, you are responsible for yourself. There are no guides or guided trips, as Parkbus provides only transportation. Also please note that there is no food or water for sale in the Park. You must bring your own food and water for the day.
TAKING THE ESSENTIALS
Always carry these essentials and know how to use them. You may add other equipment specific to your chosen activity, season, and location.
- Insect Repellent
- Signalling device (i.e. whistle)
- Extra food and lots of water (at least 2L)
- Extra clothing
- Navigational/communication devices
- First aid kit
- Emergency blanket/shelter
- Sun protection
When you visit any park, please adhere to Leave No Trace principles. Feeding wildlife is dangerous and illegal. It is illegal to collect or damage any plants in the Park or leave garbage. Please take only photos, leave only footprints.
Please make sure that you wear comfortable clothes and have proper hiking shoes. There is limited cellphone reception in the area.
Stops on the main parkway, in Gatineau Park
Champlain Lookout, at the top of Eardley Escarpment on the Champlain Parkway, offers the best-known and most popular view in Gatineau Park.
King Mountain Trailhead
The hilly landscape around King Mountain is part of the Canadian Shield, one of the oldest and hardest rock formations in the world. King Mountain is on the southern edge of the Canadian Shield, which in this area is marked by the cliffs of the Eardley Escarpment.
Mackenzie King Estate
This 231-hectare country estate belonged to Canada’s 10th and longest-serving prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King. After spending almost 50 years (1903–1950) beautifying and expanding his property, King bequeathed his beloved estate to all Canadians.
Pink Lake Trailhead
Pink Lake is meromictic, meaning that its upper and lower layers of water never mix. Normally a lake’s water layers mix completely each year during the spring and fall, because of water density, water and air temperature, and the wind. The mixing of lake waters distributes nutrients and oxygen evenly throughout the lake.
Pickup Locations in Ottawa
1 George Street
The pick-up point is across from the Fairmont Château Laurier, at 1 George Street (one block northwest of Sussex Drive and Rideau Street)