Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

Majestic walk. One of the best in Gatineau Park. My K9 and I loved it.

Two steep hills. A great trail. Nice views of lake. The ruins and waterfall make the trek worth it.

I never knew this trail existed - probably because it appears to be a winter/snowshoe trail and I don't showshoe that often. My family went for a hike in May and the snowshoe trails for sign 60 were still up and they made for a nice 40 minute loop. This trail is hilly and rocky but quite pretty. Lots of trilliums in May and best of all none of the crowds of the sugar bush. You have to cross the highway to get here (assuming you park at the Gatineau Park visitor centre) but after that you're in the clear. Only caution: there is a 10 minute stretch at the bottom that was quite water logged so bring boots in the spring. I'm not sure if the trail is open in the summer (my guess is no as it doesn't appear on the summer map of Gatineau Park) but it may open earlier in the winter so could be a cool place for a pre-snow walk before the trail becomes snowshoe-only.

Lovely hike! Wish I had time to go further out but it was a great trail to get in some exercise and explore. The ruins was neat with the water falls next to it made for great photos!

Fairly easy walk out to the ruins. Dogs are allowed on the trail. Ruins are worth the trip!

hiking
27 days ago

Hiked this trail today and the waterfall was beautiful! Some areas with snow still, others muddy and some dry. It’s a fairly easy hike with a nice lookout point to rest at at the halfway mark.

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
1 month ago

I agree with the other reviews - pretty simple trail, usually lots of visitors, etc. But it is easy to get to and nice for a Sunday afternoon walk in nature. And right next to it is the little village of Old Chelsea which has a pub, some restaurants with outdoor patios, a new ice cream parlour and a bakery with excellent local bread (if any is left when you get there).

hiking
1 month 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
2 months 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.

Fun winter hike, but the hard packed snow combined with a lot of up and down was quite slippery. Cleats and/or poles advised!

Good little trail but...NO DOGS ALLOWED

hiking
4 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.

walking
5 months ago

Very leisurely stroll through some fairly nice woods. Definitely not a hike, and not many viewpoints or points of interest. But would be good for wheelchairs or strollers etc.

walking
7 months ago

hiking
7 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.

Love this place :)

An amazing trail that allows dogs in the Gatineau hills. Amazing views of the Ottawa Valley from the viewpoint!

hiking
7 months ago

Start at the Mackenzie King Estate and go to the left towards the Abbey Ruins (they are really neat), then keep heading left towards the Waterfall Trail. The waterfall isn't strong/large most of the year but it's still a pretty forest scene. Then you proceed back to the Lauriault Loop that brings you through lots of pretty mountain/forest, with some nice lookouts, through a culvert (so neat) and then up to the back side of Mackenzie King, where the Arch Ruins, Window To The Woods, and the famous French and English gardens are! I also recommend stopping in at the Estate Tearoom for some fancy (&delicious) high tea after your hike!

Still my most-frequented and one of my favourite Trails ever!! Easy hiking, with a great view of Meech Lake along the way. The Ruins are basically a big playground and you can just walk all over the whole area, up the waterfalls, into the building, along the side of the water. Looks great from all angles and just stunning all year round! It's my favourite place to bring people who've never been to Gatineau park before. Love love love

hiking
7 months ago

my favourite trail this year! Not difficult at all and has some great views!

hiking
7 months ago

Took the pup on this hike and he quite enjoyed it, as did I. Not a super long hike, but enjoyable and the pup definitely slept the whole way home in the car!

Wide trail with some moderate elevation changes. Great reward at the end with the ruins and small waterfalls. Not overly strenuous but quite enjoyable

Love taking the off trail way to the ruins. Right after the bridge follow the small path to the right beside the water. Leads to the ruins as long as you stay near the water. Wonderful views of the lake.

hiking
7 months ago

Perfect

A beautiful hike, steep hills, mostly paved . There are no signs to tell you the direction so I recommend a map. The waterfall and ruins are a hidden gem in Gatineau park . A few places to swim . Would definitely do this again

hiking
8 months ago

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.

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