Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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.

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.

hiking
19 days ago

We went over Easter weekend and it was quite snowy/icy still making it moderately difficult- we saw a couple other hikes who were all wearing snowshoes, so consider proper footwear/gaiters. The trail head marked on this map is very easy to miss and is off a very narrow street with NO parking. We started on the SE side of the trail, extending the loop by about 2 or 3K. The trail itself isn't marked very well so BRING A MAP! Other than that, it's a beautiful hike with spectacular forests. Pink lake is pretty small itself and you can easily tack on a quick lake loop with this hike. Picturesque and difficult in a good way.

great trail in wakefield! For a good workout!

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
2 months 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.

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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
6 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
Friday, February 17, 2017

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!

walking
Monday, January 30, 2017

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.

snowshoeing
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Park at P15 and follow the trial 71 until you hit trail 70. Note P15 is in a different location this year (2016). Then continue south until you hit Healey Shelter. There is a wood stove and plenty of seating.

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