National Parks / Natural World

Gatineau Park Chelsea

Where is it at?

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Gatineau Park
33 Scott Road
J9B 1R5
Tel: 819-827-2020


This extensive conservation park is just 15 minutes from Parliament Hill and the heart of the Capital.

Where are we going today?

Why have an adventure inside, when there is a whole world of amazing nature waiting to be explored! Welcome to Gatineau Park - the National Capital Region's Conservation Park!

Gatineau Park is only 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa-Gatineau, so you don't have to venture far to have an amazing experience surrounded by Mother Nature!

Gatineau Park has incredible natural features, as well as unique wildlife and plants, as well as beautiful heritage sites.

Conservation is a priority at the park, so it's not only a great way for kids to get active, experience the great outdoors, but also learn about how and why we need to protect nature! Because of this, they encourage outdoor recreation activities that don't damage the environment such as camping, skiing and swimming!

There are SO many fun things to do in this Canadian paradise.  Hiking is hugely popular, thanks to the 165km of hiking trails! There are trails for the avid hiker, or those just beginning and wanting something a little more gentle. From November to April, the hiking trails become a haven for cross country skiing, so the excitement and adventure doesn't have to stop just because the weather drops!

Swimming is also popular in one of the many lakes and beaches within the park. What a great way to make a splash in those hotter summer months!

If you prefer a wheeled adventure, there are 32.5km of panoramic winding cycling roads to be explored. Suitable for more skilled cyclists, the hilly terrain will certainly challenge!

With all that adventure, you might find there is more than one day of fun to be had - so why not check out their seasonal campsites too! From May to October, you can enjoy over 300 campsites within the park, and really enjoy what Gatineau Park as to offer!

So let's go - the adventure is waiting!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsDaily Access fees $1 to $11

When can we go?

9am - 5pm. 4pm close weekdays Nov to April

Closed Christmas Day

Teachers corner

What will your students learn today? Let Canada’s Capital amaze them! Ottawa is one of the best places in the country to learn about Canada’s history, culture, heritage and democratic values. That’s why we are committed to making Canada’s Capital accessible to young Canadians through experiential activities and engaging lesson plans. Enrich your students’ understanding of Canada’s dynamic character! Whether through a field trip or in the classroom. .

I'm Hungry!

Breton Beach has a new snack bar, and there are places to grab food in the swimming areas, from hot dogs to drinks and ice cream. .

Healthy Eating!

Make sure you take plenty of bottled water to stay hydrated!.

Any Top Tips?

Swimming is only permitted when lifeguards are on duty, from 10am - 6pm June to Sept.

Doing our bit

Their main concern is the environment, so they protect all who call it home as much as they can, so they have rules and regulations that need to be followed .

Need a little extra help?

The Visitor Centre is accessible. Here you can ask questions about other activities!.

Can I get one of those?

There is a souvenir shop in the visitor centre where you can pick up books, maps and gifts!.

More information

The hours listed are of the Visitor Centre. It's worth noting that the Welcome Area has different hours. .

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