National parks and reserves

In the Outaouais, we know that nature is one of our most precious resources, and we work hard to preserve and protect it. Our region has two dozen protected areas for you to enjoy, from wildlife reserves to regional and national parks. Explore the Route des Zingues trail winding between lakes Gagnon and Preston. Pitch your tent in Gatineau Park and discover such unique attractions as the Lusk Cave and Pink Lake. Pick wild blackberries in Montagnes Noires Park. Hike to the summit of Mount Morissette, warm up by the wood stove in the mountaintop shelter, and admire the spectacular view from the observation tower. In the Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve (part of Quebec’s Sépaq network of outdoor attractions) you can fish more than 600 lakes, and in the Forêt-la-Blanche Wildlife Reserve you can take a walk in one of the oldest forests in eastern North America. For a casual picnic, a challenging outdoor adventure or anything in between, the natural beauty of Outaouais awaits you.

​square kilometres of nature to explore