Head for the Hills
Gatineau Park is Ottawa’s great big backyard — minutes from downtown!
There’s something special about a day that includes both the excitement of a bustling metropolitan city and the serene, majestic ambience of unspoiled wilderness. And you can have that day in Ottawa. Located less than 20 minutes from Parliament Hill, Gatineau Park is a 361-square-kilometre park with hundreds of biking and hiking trails that weave through forests, marshes, hills, lakes, rivers, and beaches. Enjoy a candlelit dinner inside a rustic cabin, camp out in a yurt, explore the ruins at a former prime minister’s estate, or rent boats at one of the many lakes that dot the massive conservation area. Gatineau Park is Ottawa’s great big backyard, and it’s always ready for action.