Some great views of the Ottawa River from this trail at the top of the champlain parkway. There are some stairs at the start and end of the trail, which could be a challenge for some. Overall, the trail is varied, with walking over granite rocks mixing it up with lots of forest. The main negative: the parking lot can get very full so avoid coming here during the 'high' season of Thanksgiving weekend unless you come very early.
For toddlers this is a 5 star trail. One half of the trail has old growth trees and the other half has newer growth. There are interpretative panels explaining the different trees. It's a short trail but beautiful in the fall. Very gentle and perfect for little kids.
Unfortunately it seems the trail has been closed the last few years and the parking lot is blocked off. Maybe Gatineau Park is trying to regenerate the trail?
Did part of the p15 trail (now p16?) in the summer. The start has some pleasant views of rolling farmland. Then you descend into the woods. Didn't do enough to know if the landscape varied further. Went with my young daughter and had to watch out for mountain bikers!
One nice feature of this trail is that you can do all of it or just a short section. Once a year or so I take a stroll down to see the waterfall with my extended family (Mother's Day tradition!). Other times I've done the longer loop and seen thousands of trilliums in the spring. You can also park at Mulvihill lake and do walks from there, including taking a short jaunt over to see the Mackenzie King Estate. If you don't mind walking before you see the Mackenzie King Estate you can park at the Waterfall parking or Mulvihill parking lot instead of paying for parking at the main site.
The Dunlop picnic area has has a little trail behind the picnic area that climbs up past some rocks and trees for a nice view of a waterfall. It's a relatively steep trail for a little kid (lots of stairs) but my 3-year old was able to do it with some help. I'm not quite sure if this trail is open in the winter although it appears on the gatineau park winter trail map.
Pink lake is very pretty on a sunny day - its an unearthly green. The lake feels like a little oasis that's very close to the city of Ottawa.
The main problem with this trail is that its very popular. Don't even think about coming on a Saturday or Sunday around Thanksgiving!
However, if you do catch the trail when its less busy, its a nice walk. The Mica mines along the route are an interesting quirk.
Warning: there are lots of stairs on this trail!
The only Ottawa/Gatineau trail I am aware of that has "ruins" - a turn of the 20th century industrial plant in the middle of the woods next to beautiful rapids/waterfall.
It's a bit of a hike for small kids to get to the ruins but the sight is so interesting and unusual that I think its well worth it (my 6-year old daughter liked it). The trail is shared with mountain bikers.
On the way you get a nice view of Meech lake and pass by some of the infamous nude beaches in this area (watch for the signs!) although I think that might be a relic from the 70s/80s.
I have only been here during the summer/fall walking season but the NCC says its open in the winter for cross country skiing.
The sugarbush trail is a heavily used trail near Chelsea, Quebec.
It's great for young kids in all seasons. In the winter it is one of the only winter walking trails in Gatineau park (most of the other trails are restricted to cross country skiing in the winter). In the spring it blooms with thousands of trilliums. There is a cute little river where you can take some nice photos.
The main downside of this trail (hence the 3-star rating) is that it is a bit too popular for my liking.
This is a very easy hike that most people can do in about an hour. i have been taking my family here for years and my 6 year old can almost run the entire trail in about 40 minutes.
Get there early as it fills up fast and there is no parking. Wonderful family hike.
Very fun hike, but is more difficult in the winter due to slipping on the snow uphill. The trail is still well-maintained. The falls are also covered in a layer of snow and are not visible, but the scenery in the area is nice. Seems to be better-suited for snowshoeing. The Mackenzie King Estate is also closed for the season, as are many of the amenities on the trail (bathrooms only accessible by the car park).