Head for the Hills

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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.

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