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 green.
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.
It’s no surprise that conservation is a priority at Gatineau Park, managed by the National Capital Commission. With five ecosystems, the park is home to a diversified fauna that includes many endangered species. There are 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 also has 2,500 plant varieties and 50 tree essences. Go for camping, ready-to-camp accommodations or a canoe and camping combination… your experience will be memorable and full of discovery.