165 km (102 mi.) of hiking trails run
through the park and bring you to lookouts and stunning views. The
Champlain lookout and King Mountain on the Eardley Escarpment are
particularly noteworthy – the view of Ottawa River and the city of
Ottawa itself. As for the Pink Lake Trail, it leads to one of the
only meromictic lakes in the province. But make no mistake: this
rare phenomenon results in water that appears not pink, but bright
There’s also the Mackenzie King
Estate, where the gardens, ruins and museums of the former prime
minister will add a touch of history to your outdoor activity. If
you love the water, canoeing and kayaking is available, or you
could relax on one of the five beaches. Cyclists will discover
great challenges and a gently hilly terrain. Fall Rhapsody in
October is definitely worthwhile so that you can admire the
mountains and forests decked out in all the shades of the season.
For a wonderful camping vacation, book a ready-to-camp
package or a canoe-and-camping trip…you’re sure to have a
memorable time full of discoveries.
It’s no surprise that conservation is
a priority at Gatineau Park. With five ecosystems, the park is
home to a diversified fauna that includes many endangered species.
There are 2,500 plant varieties and 50 tree essences and over 50
species of mammals, such as the white-tailed deer, the
beaver, the black bear and the wolf, as well as 230 types of
birds. This peaceful park managed by the National Capital
Commission is a source of pride for the people of Ottawa and of
the Outaouais region.