Carbide Willson Ruins

MODERATE 52 reviews
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Carbide Willson Ruins is a 5.1 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chelsea, Quebec, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and cross country skiing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.1 km
ELEVATION GAIN
182 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

walking

beach

forest

lake

historic site

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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
4 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

4 months ago

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
4 months ago

Perfect

4 months ago

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
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Easy to do with kids and dogs. The ruins are worth the walk

walking
5 months ago

it is a 1 km walk in each direction from P11.
The hill has a steep incline than it levels off, 1/2 way in there are rocks and tree roots
that stick up in a few places.

hiking
5 months ago

A very enjoyable hike. Didn't take long to reach the ruins though the trail was washed out a bit after a weekend of heavy rain. Highly recommended for the history buff as the old mill is fun to explore.

walking
5 months ago

Route 36 has tree roots and rocks sticking up in a few places like the Lauriault trail.
Walked 5.1 going to and from the Carbide Wilson Ruins.

6 months ago

Great family hike!

hiking
8 months ago

Short hike but really cool to see the ruins, for sure! Great photo op!

hiking
9 months ago

It's an enjoyable trail, particularly good if you're short on time. You can easily link to another longer trail if you need a bit more of a challenge after getting to the ruins.

hiking
9 months ago

short and sweet hike!

walking
11 months ago

walking
Monday, January 30, 2017

The only Ottawa/Gatineau trail I am aware of that has "ruins" - a turn of the 20th century industrial plant in the middle of the woods next to beautiful rapids/waterfall.

It's a bit of a hike for small kids to get to the ruins but the sight is so interesting and unusual that I think its well worth it (my 6-year old daughter liked it). The trail is shared with mountain bikers.

On the way you get a nice view of Meech lake and pass by some of the infamous nude beaches in this area (watch for the signs!) although I think that might be a relic from the 70s/80s.

I have only been here during the summer/fall walking season but the NCC says its open in the winter for cross country skiing.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

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