The Cross-Country Area
Located only minutes away from downtown Ottawa, Gatineau Park offers a natural area in the midst of a metropolitan one. The park contains over 200 kilometers (124 miles) of trails, with difficulties varying from beginner-level to highly difficult routes. Over half of the trails are suited for skating techniques as well. The park even offers the opportunity of back-country skiing, with a trail network of 53 kilometers (33 miles) open to fans of ungroomed paths.
Visitors can also try snowshoeing in Gatineau Park. Passes for snowshoeing purposes are sold seperately and the necessary equipment can be rented in one of the shops nearby. Across the entire park, cross-country skiers and snowshoers will find a total of 11 huts equipped with stoves, picnic tables and bathrooms.
Those looking to fully immerse themselves in the natural surroundings can even stay overnight in the park. Tents or huts including fire wood can be rented. Water and baggage services are also available.
- Offering 124.27 miles cross-country trails, Gatineau Park Ottawa is among the 3 largest Cross-Country Skiing Areas in Canada.
The park is located close to the downtown area and is therefore easily accessible by public transport. There are three entrances to the park:
- P1 and P2 are accessible daily with the STO busses
- P17 is accessible during the week via Transolines