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Hikes to do in Gatineau Park in the fall

Let's face it, Gatineau Park is extremely busy in the fall. With more than 1.5 million visitors per year, 40% of whom visit the park in October, it's sometimes difficult to find a quieter spot to explore that still allows you to appreciate the fall colours. Here is a list of 5 hiking trails to do this fall in Gatineau Park that are a little less crowded, but that offer you a very nice experience.

Trail 72 from Parking Lot P17

Gatineau Park's Trail 72 isn't as well-known as the other trails, but it offers an incredible view of Lake Carman and the park. In addition, there is a very nice refuge next to Brown Lake to rest and enjoy a small picnic. Parking is available at Gatineau Park parking lot P17 in Wakefield (free). The trail is 12 km long and dogs are allowed (must be on a leash). This trail offers you impressive colors.

Trail 73 from Parking Lot P20

The Philippe Lake loop is 12.8 km long and allows you to contemplate several viewpoints on the lake. This is a trail that is considered to be of moderate difficulty due to its length, but there is not much elevation. During the journey there are 2 rest areas where you can rest and enjoy a good picnic. Access to this part of the park is paid for parking. Dogs are allowed, but must remain on a leash. You can even add a stop at Lusk Cave (trail 54) to this trail.

Trail 56 to BBQ Hill

This 11 km trail (round trip) allows you to not only find incredible views from BBQ Hill, but also to see Kidder Lake. Access to this trail is free and there is a small parking lot located on Eardley-Masham Road. Dogs are allowed, but must remain on a leash. This area of the park is very uncrowded and allows you to avoid crowds. This trail is rated as moderate in terms of difficulty.

Skyline Loop Trail (Trail 30, 1 and 6)

Starting at the P7 parking lot in Gatineau Park, this 5.5 km trail allows you to enjoy incredible views from the Fortune camp on the eastern part of the park. This trail is rated as moderate in terms of difficulty. Dogs are allowed, but must remain on a leash. We recommend doing the trail clockwise.

Lauriault and Falls Trail

This is a great little hike to do in Gatineau Park of 3.9 km. Starting at the Mackenzie King Estate, where you can explore the grounds and ruins there, you'll descend the trail to a very pleasant tunnel and waterfall. Afterwards, you will discover a superb observation point from which you will have a fantastic view of a sunset. On the way back, you can stop at Lake Mulhivill. A terrific trail with several things to see and do to keep kids (and adults) happy! Parking is paid during the day.

Brandon Bolduc

Propriétaire / Owner

Outaouais Adventure

Tel: (873) 660-1881