Lauriault Trail Loop

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Lauriault Trail Loop is a 3.9 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Gatineau, Quebec, Canada that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
98 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

The Waterfall Trail at the Mackenzie King Estate was the former prime ministers favourite wilderness walk. You can hike all or part of the loop formed by the Lauriault and Waterfall trails. Sights include the Bridal Veil Falls at the end of the Waterfall trail and a lookout on the Lauriault trail.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

great views. moderate inclines. can be crowded

hiking
2 months 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.

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
9 months ago

An amazing trail that allows dogs in the Gatineau hills. Amazing views of the Ottawa Valley from the viewpoint!

hiking
9 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!

hiking
9 months ago

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

10 months ago

* Not accessible for disabled people.

I found the Lauriault Trail challenging with rocks and tree roots sticking up. I did manage to walk the distance.
:)

11 months ago

Nice hike with challenging bits. Bit muddy after rain. One sign a bit confusing said Waterfall parking. So we assumed there was a waterfall but the waterfall was in the complete opposite direction.

hiking
11 months ago

Awesome waterfall at the end! dogs allowed is a plus!!

11 months ago

Awesome trail with a lot to see! Streams and the waterfall are beautiful.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

Well maintained trail. Lots of nice little creeks and a beautiful waterfall to see along the way. There is a bit up climbing uphill but nothing too bad. I enjoyed this trail a lot.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

c'est bien pas trop dure avec la famille, belle randonnée en forêt avec des points de vue intéressant dont la chute qui doit être belle au printemps

walking
Friday, February 17, 2017

One nice feature of this trail is that you can do all of it or just a short section. Once a year or so I take a stroll down to see the waterfall with my extended family (Mother's Day tradition!). Other times I've done the longer loop and seen thousands of trilliums in the spring. You can also park at Mulvihill lake and do walks from there, including taking a short jaunt over to see the Mackenzie King Estate. If you don't mind walking before you see the Mackenzie King Estate you can park at the Waterfall parking or Mulvihill parking lot instead of paying for parking at the main site.

hiking
Monday, January 02, 2017

Very fun hike, but is more difficult in the winter due to slipping on the snow uphill. The trail is still well-maintained. The falls are also covered in a layer of snow and are not visible, but the scenery in the area is nice. Seems to be better-suited for snowshoeing. The Mackenzie King Estate is also closed for the season, as are many of the amenities on the trail (bathrooms only accessible by the car park).

hiking
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Good hike, for beginners this might be a bit hard, there some hills but the trail is quite clean of debris

hiking
Friday, March 21, 2014

An wonderful,well-kept up trail. It does involve some elevation change; I would consider it easy but those not accustomed to hills might not. The waterfall is beautiful, and there are plenty of spur trails to explore it. Even better, you can get afternoon tea at the Mackenzie-King estate after the hike!

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