Best bird watching trails in Parc de la Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Parc de la Gatineau with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Parc de la Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Park information
Acreage:
89,205 acres
Contact
819-827-2020
Top trails (58)
#1 - Luskville Falls Trail
Parc de la Gatineau
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 41 m
Note: As of August 31, 2020, users have reported that the trail to the tower is currently closed. The Luskville Falls Trail has a 290-metre climb up the rocky slope of the Eardley Escarpment. At the top you have a superb view of the Ottawa River Valley. Along the way, learn about plants and trees on the escarpment, the most spectacular ecosystem in Gatineau Park. Dogs and pets are not permitted on the Luskville Falls Trail.Show more
#2 - Carbide Willson Ruins and Meech Lake Falls
Parc de la Gatineau
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h
The Carbide Willson Ruins and Meech Lake Falls Trail follows the principal trail (numbered 35) and is a part of The Great Trail that stretches from coast to coast to coast. This is a great and easy hike for all users, and is normally very busy during all seasons. The trail starts from parking area P11, and sometimes has reduced parking due to weather restrictions, so users should expect this area to be full before 9:00 am. In this case, folks can park at P9 and walk the road to P11. This nice and easy trail meanders through thick forest, taking users by the pretty lake, and then on to the Carbide Ruins and the small waterfalls. During the spring and fall season, it is common for the footbridge at the ruins to be closed for repairs, but with low water users can cross over rocks above or below falls, which is especially a treat on a nice hot day. In any season, this is a beautiful spot to come and enjoy such good quality nature close to Ottawa and Gatineau. The detour is worth it, as well, since this adds half a kilometre on a large trail and well indicated. The infrastructure is still intact except for the ruins, which is inaccessible and not recommended for users to climb. The trail and route has numerous locations perfect for a picnic or even to read a book. A lot of visitors on weekends spend a lot of time here on a hot day, since the welcoming pools of water or the lake are incredibly refreshing. The trail isn’t long and there are washrooms as well as change rooms at the parking lot. Heads up for users: When the winter season has begun in the park, the trail is not open for pedestrian use or dogs since the area becomes groomed cross-country ski trails. Users should wait to bring dogs or hike here until the spring, or find one of the two trails in the entire park that permit dogs during the winter. The winter and spring start dates are weather dependent, and users should call the park service ahead of time.Show more
#3 - The Lusk Cave Trail
Parc de la Gatineau
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
Dogs are allowed on this trail from April 15th to November 30th.Show more
#4 - King Mountain Trail
Parc de la Gatineau
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 27 m
King Mountain trail is a short loop providing many open-rock viewing areas of the Ottawa Valley and even downtown Ottawa, including the Parliament Buildings. It has interpretive signs along the way describing local wildlife and plant life. Easy hike with some steep stairs and rocks.Show more
#5 - Pink Lake via Trail 15 Loop
Parc de la Gatineau
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 56 m
The trailhead is to the left of the bus stop at rue Marie Burger and chemin de la Mine. Also, to conserve and protect the ecosystem, dogs are prohibited in the Lac-Pink trail. For more information please visit: https://ccn-ncc.gc.ca/fermetures/covid-19-promenades-parc-de-la-gatineau?token=TLMWbqlTa3dB1Gf5w4B4HXPG1CUkbx9aShow more
#6 - Lac Philippe: Outaouais (Ottawa Valley) Hiking Trail
Parc de la Gatineau
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 31 m
#7 - Pink Lake Loop via Boulevard Mont-Bleu
Parc de la Gatineau
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Length: 9.0 mi • Est. 4 h 25 m
A nice trail run, 95% off the pavement, some stairs around Pinks Lake, most trails are well marked except the Montagne connector trailShow more
#8 - Cross Loop
Parc de la Gatineau
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 9 m
Note: Dogs are not allowed on this trail during the winter months. The trail starts in a majestic field with views of the forest that most of the trail traverses. Follow the lightly used trail leading North, ascending and descending the rolling hills, and crossing a stream over a footbridge. The trail enters the forest and meets a old gravel road (Chemin Cafferty). The trail becomes moderately used and follows the Southwest shoreline of Lac Carman. You will notice there is a firepit area along here. Afterwards, the trail plunges back into the forest and includes a few scrambles and some muddy patches depending on the time of year. Towards the end of the trail, it opens back up into the field with beautiful views. At this point, the trail head is easy to spot and return to. The trail is open year-round and great for snowshoeing.Show more
#9 - Kings Mountain via Trail 30, 8, 23, and 17
Parc de la Gatineau
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 16 m
Note: Dogs are not allowed on the The King Mountain trail. From the parking lot, walk up the trail and turn right at the first big fork (P/STE 31). Then you'll come to another fork, and you want to go left onto trail #17. You continue on 17 until you get to another fork and if you remain left hopping on #23. Cross the Promenade Champlain and briefly follow along until you get on the King Mountain Trail. This trail takes you back to the first fork, where you will take a right to complete your loop and return to the parking area.Show more
#10 - Champlain Lookout Trail
Parc de la Gatineau
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 3 h 31 m
More information here:https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/news/covid-19Show more
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