Explore the most popular trail running 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.

We hiked it with the dogs on the Victoria Day holiday. Description here is quite accurate. Nice trail with a waterfall and a scenic hill top view. A little something for everyone. Had an easy time with the dogs.

Approx a 6km loop starting and finishing at P7 which took 2hrs in total. Reasonably well sign posted with a few ups and downs along the way.

hiking
3 days ago

great views. moderate inclines. can be crowded

hiking
15 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.

hiking
29 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.

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!

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.

hiking
6 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.

hiking
6 months ago

Great view, especially in the fall.

Went midday during Fall Rhapsody and it was pretty busy but less so on the actual Skyline loop. There are two fairly decent sized free parking lots at the base and many other connecting trails all around.

hiking
6 months ago

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

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

walking
7 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.

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.

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!

great hike

hiking
7 months ago

Fun trail with decent view of the city. Very busy, go early!

hiking
7 months ago

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

mountain biking
7 months ago

good quick ride....some rocks and roots to keep you honest....took the cut to the top of Camp Fortune...

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

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.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice short hike with some great views. A little detour at the back end of the trail brings you to the top of Camp Fortune ski hill. Another great view.

trail running
7 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.

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