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hiking
27 days ago

In summer, this is a nice hike with beautiful views and nature. In winter, it is very different, it’s very easy to get lost (especially if, like me it’s your first time on this trail) and if you do, it can get pretty dangerous. We were lost and stuck on the top of a frozen vertical cliff and had to somehow descent and find the trail. For me, it was part of the fun, but if you know that it won’t be the case for you, I wouldn’t recommend this trail in winter.

Note that the trail is right in the middle of golden and bald eagle wintering habitat. We saw on one hike in February six species of raptors including a bald eagle and a peregrine falcon.

great trail for family with young kids!

Beautiful trail! That’s our go to spot every time!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Completed a portion of this trail as part of a longer snowshoe adventure. Beautiful forested area connecting to numerous other park trails. Shared with snow bikers in the winter so be mindful if you venture out.

birding
1 month ago

This is a nice and easy walk through the trees. The squirrels are aggressive and follow you for food. The chickadees and nuthatches will land on your hands even if you don’t have any food.

une belle vue avec une variété dans le sentier (ruisseaux, bois, vues dégagées)

Easy trail as it is mostly flat. Lots of various trails this you can adjust how long you want to be out there. Trails and waypoints are well marked. Chickadees come easily to feed out of your hands, bring the kids. Do not however leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle!

Easy hike for all skill levels...so easy in fact you generally do more than 1 loop

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is actually 12km long. We started at P15 next to Cross Loop Road; parking is on the road. In a few hundred meters we turned right on to #71 trail in a field with long grass, all the way to Cafferty Road. There were lots of wet creek crossings along the way. We turned left on Cafferty Road, going to Lac Carman. The trail #71 then turns left and winds its way up and down the hill, crossing many streams and wet spots all the way to an intersection with trail #70. Turning left to #70, down the hill, brings you back to P15.

Le lac est magnifique. Beaucoup de personnes comme d’habitude dans le Parc. Assez facile cependant.

hiking
2 months ago

Not sure how this trail goes from 17 to 8 to 22 - there is no connection unless you go back on 1 then to 4 then to 22. Of course if you have your head down all the time following the app it might work but then you miss all the scenery which is the reason to be out there. All nice trails but not worth this combination

Very easy trail, Just outside Ottawa. Very busy, lots of people. Nice sunday afternoon trial, got to bird watch/feed birds. Recommended for young children.

It rained so it was muddy but not an issue with good hiking boots. Easy-moderate trail without too many technical sections.

Fantastic trail!!! Run counter clock!

Excellent

walking
3 months ago

Really awesome scenery and stone work ! Don’t buy the hot chocolate from the vendors it’s not good

walking
3 months ago

A nice forest but it may be a victim of its own success as we found there were a lot of people on the trail when we visited. Also, we could hear the sound of a sports event going on at the Nepean sportsplex nearby, which took a little of the forest magic away. Part of the trail also borders people's backyards, which again takes away from the magic. Very flat trail - great for strollers and people with disabilities.

Absolutely love this trail. The lake is beautiful and it’s just long enough to feel like you got a decent workout. There are usually quite a few people on the trail, which is to be expected at the Gatineau Park. I would recommend it as a nice outing for the day. Lots of places you could sit and have a picnic after.

3 months ago

Excellente activité physique avec de très belles vues.

Great local path but very busy. Rarely get more than 2mins without other people. Lots of bird watching

Gorgeous in the Spring, around Mother’s Day, to see thousands of trilliums and other spring flowers.

Bring bug spray

3 months ago

Not well marked for the entrance. We actually started at a gated road more by the highway & the first P15 sign. We had a 10 year old & a 5 year old with us. It was muddy/ somewhat rocky and some steep climbs. We loved it! Long walk back to our car but it was ok. It ended up being about 8k and took us 2h53.

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent hike this time of year to see the colours. The trail was a bit muddy in a few spots but nothing serious. Counterclockwise loop is best if you prefer to hike UP the steep parts rather than DOWN. I recommend you get there very early because when I finished around 1100, the parking lot was full with cars waiting.

beautiful hike. quick rewards. stunning views. be sure to go in October!

Beautiful scenic views with great autumn colours in full bloom. The trail has good elevation to keep things interesting along the way. Hiking shoes or boots are a must to handle the rocky terrain.

I did this trail with my dog on a Thursday morning. It was very foggy out and we only ran into one person (also with a dog) on the entire trail. I hiked from the Lauriault Trail to the Waterfall Trail, down to the waterfall, then through the tunnel and back to the parking lot via the Mulvihill trail. The entire loop took less than an hour and half, walking slowly and stopping to take lots of photos. Beautiful foliage this time of year! Definitely wear boots as there are many wet areas along the trail. If I do this trail again, instead of taking the Mulvihill trail back I will detour through the Mackenzie King Estate. Highly recommend!

Even on a busy weekend or holiday, this trail gives every adventurer or runner a chance to see something. From the deer stand to the many varieties of birds and other 4-legged friendlies trying to grab some free seed....there is something for everyone.

The trail is quite extensive, especially with the "fire break" addition beyond the Bird Sanctuary (post 2012 wildfire)....trails are well groomed and marked so you make sure to "stay on the trails".

Enjoy the nature you may not realize is right in your own backyard on this very-walkable, multi-length trail. Pick the right trail for you or your family's abilities. Remember to bring lots of bird seed and hold your hand up.

Relaxing walk by the water, fairly flat. A few nice bridges, beaches, picnic areas and a playground. Lots of parking; a couple different lots.

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