Carbide Willson Ruins

MODERATE 73 reviews
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Carbide Willson Ruins is a 5.0 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 km
ELEVATION GAIN
189 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

walking

beach

forest

lake

historic site

hiking
14 days ago

Easy trail. Well maintained. Light traffic

18 days ago

Nice easy hike but super busy. There are a few trails off the main on you can do

hiking
22 days ago

Nice surprise compared to the other trails I have done in Gatineau Park. Plenty of ups and downs and the ruins/waterfalls are beautiful. I'm from BC and this trail reminded me of back home! There are a TON of bugs, so be sure to remember your bug spray!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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!

1 month ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

Good little trail but...NO DOGS ALLOWED

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 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
8 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!

8 months ago

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

8 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
8 months ago

Perfect

8 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
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

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

walking
9 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
9 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
9 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.

10 months ago

Great family hike!

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, May 20, 2017

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
Thursday, May 11, 2017

short and sweet hike!

walking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

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
2 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

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