Explore the most popular birding trails in Gatineau Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

great trail in wakefield! For a good workout!

My favourite hiking trail in the Ottawa area. Beautiful in the fall!

My favorite trail in the Gatineau park. You can do the loop twice since it’s short, but it’s a good workout because of all the stairs.

hiking
30 days ago

Great Hike.
This time of year you don't need snowshoes. There are handful of steep ascent and descent, so you may need hiking poles for traction. Or you can old school and walk along the snow adjacent to the trail for more traction when ascending or descending.

hiking
1 month ago

I had planned to snowshoe but the trail was too packed down. Instead I hiked with poles - was difficult but very pretty. Some very steep sections where I wished I had cleats.

Fatbiking

beautiful views. easy and nice length of hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Very enjoyable route for snowshoeing. Some steep slopes that are challenging in winter but the varied terrain makes for a rewarding route that travels through different patches of forest and open field. There is also a fire pit and wood available at Lac Carman should a rest be needed.

Connects with a number of other snowshoeing trails to the north and south.

hiking
5 months ago

Just walked the first part of the trail from p17 (trail 53) - about 3.5 km in and then back - with my 7 year old. As I only did part of the route perhaps my 3-star rating is a bit low (I never got to Lac Philippe) Was mostly pleasant forest with gentle up-hills. The trail was quite wide and is under repair due to recent flooding. A decent amount of mountain bikers but they were always respectful.

walking
6 months ago

This trail is nice as it follows Lac Phiippe and the fall colours are very pretty. A couple of negatives though:
1. The crowds! I was hoping that because the trail is in the Lac Philippe sector and not off the champlain parkway it would be less busy this time of year (October). Nope! Very busy. So you never get that true you-alone-in-the-woods feel.
2. In the fall they close the road at Breton beach. That means you have to walk through a series of beaches before you get to the trail. Of course the walk is also pretty but it would be nice if they left the road open all the way to parent beach so half the walk wasn't actually the walk to the trail.
Still, overall, very beautiful fall colours up here and the lake itself is nice

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice, quiet trail. Sometimes the trail is a little hard to find/follow.

hiking
6 months ago

Great and modereate trail. Not busy. Very nice views!!

walking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Nice easy trail to get outside with people who aren't super hikers. Has beautiful views in all seasons. Way too many people on weekends. A light hike/walk - there are stairs too. Done this many times.

walking
6 months ago

Great place to see some fall colours in Gatineau park without all the crazy traffic on the main trails off of the champlain parkway. Nice wide trail (you can take a sturdy stroller) going through mature woods then scrubbier forest before you arrive at the lake and cabin. The parking lot (p17) is just past the roundabout before Wakefield. One odd thing: the Gatineau park trail doesn't show it as a loop while the all trails map does. I did see another unmarked trail when I got to the cabin. Maybe that was the return loop! We just went back the same way we came in.

Love this place :)

Maybe not do it again but still glad I did. It's a nice long walk, but in the end reaaaally easy. Not too crowded if you go for the loop.

great hike

hiking
6 months ago

good quick loop.....lots of stairs....some great views (Thurs Sept 28, 2017)

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail for day hiking. We parked at Parking 7 and hiked the loop, plus continued to Keogan shelter which was a nice surprise. There are several intersections and we met a family got lost as we ended our 4 hour hike back at Parking 7.

trail running
6 months ago

A very nice 20k trail run. About half is quite technical.Steep hills on the first half, easier on the 2nd half. Nice views of Lac Philippe from the less used east side of the lake. Close to Wakefield, lots of nice cafes for after the run!

Nice easy hike, not a lot of traffic and pretty sweet view for very little work! Pretty lakes along the way - good option for a pleasant afternoon walk in the woods.

on Pink Lake Trail Loop

walking
7 months ago

Not much of a challenge but very scenic. It is quite busy with families, children, and tourists stopping to take pictures and can be muddy after rain.

Beautiful!

hiking
8 months ago

I biked up to this trail from downtown Ottawa but forgot to bring a lock forcing me to carry the bike around the lake. This was not a problem as the trail and stairways are wide enough to do this while still being able to pass others. Beautiful views and plenty of information and signage.

Very nice trail

We started at Parent beach and headed south on the south west side of the lake. It was lovely and quiet once we moved away from the lake. As we rounded the end of the lake and started the north east side, the path was much more over grown and we quickly turned around because of poison ivy. We do not know how far the poison ivy went. We returned​ on the south east side close to the lake where there were many more people.

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