Gatineau Park welcomes winter enthusiasts as season officially begins
Gatineau Park heralds the onset of winter with the opening of its season, featuring an extensive 316-kilometer trail network for skiing, snowshoeing, and winter biking. This year, the park has expanded the service lane on Gatineau Parkway, enhancing the experience for snowshoers and snow bikers.
Trail passes are required for access and can be purchased online, at the Visitor Centre, or at trailhead parking lots. The National Capital Commission (NCC) offers comprehensive online resources and interactive maps for various activities at ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/trail-map, and in-person guidance is available at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre.
Visitors are reminded to follow trail etiquette and stick to designated paths for their activities to ensure safety and wildlife protection. The park's opening marks an invitation to responsibly enjoy this national treasure.
The broader Ottawa–Gatineau region boasts over 450 kilometers of trails for various winter activities, including tobogganing spots. The NCC collaborates with the Urban Winter Trails Alliance to maintain over 100 kilometers of urban trails, and the Greenbelt trails offer an additional 150 kilometers through the National Capital Greenbelt.
Cultural experiences complement the outdoor activities, with local farms like Mādahòkì Farm and The Log Farm offering seasonal activities. Gatineau Park and its surroundings celebrate Canada's winter beauty and adventure, inviting visitors to enjoy their #WinterCapital.
Photo caption: As winter sets in, Gatineau Park opens its season with 316 kilometers of trails for skiing, snowshoeing, and winter biking, offering enhanced facilities and comprehensive resources for a safe and enjoyable experience.
Photo credit: Tashi Farmilo