Outaouais Summer Hiking Guide 

Published on May 21 2024

This summer, lace up your hiking shoes and hit the beautiful trails in the Outaouais. Whether youre up for a peaceful woodland stroll or a longer expedition, theres a trail for you! Hike the shorelines of sparkling lakes, climb lofty peaks, and get to know the local flora and fauna. Heres your guide to summer hiking in the Outaouais! 

THE CLASSICS


Gatineau Park

Where

33 Scott Road, Chelsea

Good to know

183 km of trails | Trail length 0.5 km to 8.5 km. | Absolute musts: the Mackenzie King Estate, the Champlain Lookout and Lac Philippe. | Dogs are allowed on most of the summer trails.

Learn more

Parc des Montagnes Noires de Ripon

Where

39 Chemin de la Montagne Noire, Ripon

Good to know

17 trails, total length 25 km | Wooded terrain in the heart of Petite Nation. The park has a 12-metre observation tower at the lookout at the top of Mont Grand-Pic (elevation 426 metres). | Dogs are allowed.

Learn more

Mont Morissette Regional Park

Where

Chemin du Lac Long, Blue Sea

Good to know

13 km of trails | Mountainous terrain with an 18-metre observation tower offering views of a dozen lakes, including Blue Sea Lake.

Learn more

FOR SERIOUS HIKERS (2 HOURS +)


La Route des Zingues

Where

Chemin Lac Gagnon, Duhamel

Good to know

24.3-km trail | The trail runs alongside Lac Gagnon and Lac Preston. It’s one of the most beautiful sections of the Quebec National Trail. | At P1, in Pimatina Park on the Julie trail, dogs are not allowed.

Learn more

Oiseau Rock Trail

Where

1 Chemin Schyan, Sheenboro

Good to know

9-km round trip | The trail leads to an important North American rock art site more than 150 metres above the Grande River. | The trailhead is accessible only by 4x4 all-terrain vehicle.

Learn more

Albatros Trail

Where

Chemin du Lac-de-l’Aqueduc, Val-des-Bois

Good to know

19.5-km section of the National Trail | The trail starts in Val-des-Bois and leads to Lac Écho and beautiful mountains. | Leashed dogs are welcome.

Learn more

Kenauk Nature | Baldy Trail

Where

1000 Chemin Kenauk, Montebello

Good to know

Length 8.5 km | Observation point at Lac Papineau and stunning view of Mont Tremblant. | Rock piles mark the rocky sections of the trail.

Learn more

Cycloparc PPJ

Where

From Wyman to Isle-aux-Allumettes

Good to know

Length 92 km | A natural park built on a former railway line, the trail crosses a varied landscape of farms, swamps, fields and forests.

Learn more

HALF-DAY TRIP (30 MINUTES TO 2 HOURS)


Base de plein air Air-Eau-Bois

Where

32 Chemin de la Base de Plein Air, Denholm

Good to know

Six hiking trails, 1.2 km to 3.5 km | Two lookout points (the Petit point de vue and the Grand point de vue) offer views of the Poisson Blanc Reservoir.

Learn more

Luskville Falls Trail

Where

Chemin de l’Hôtel de Ville, Luskville

Good to know

4.2-km loop | Rocky uphill climb, panoramic view of the Ottawa Valley and the Luskville Falls. | Dogs are not allowed.

Learn more

Leslie Park

Where

460 Chemin Belmont, Otter Lake

Good to know

Over 15 km of trails | You can hike a 4-km loop around Lac Moore.

Learn more

Sentier du marais du parc des Chutes de Denholm

Where

830 Chemin Paugan, Denholm

Good to know

3.7-km loop | Hike to the marsh lookout point and admire Denholm Falls and the permanent outdoor art along the way.

Learn more

Kenauk Nature

Where

1000 Chemin Kenauk, Montebello

Good to know

Skymount Trail (intermediate), 4.2 km round trip | Fern Trail (intermediate), 3.6 km | Kinonge Trail (easy), 4.6 km | Hemlock Trail (easy), 3-km loop.

Learn more

Trails of Lac Sainte-Marie

Where

76 Chemin de la Montagne, Lac Sainte-Marie

Learn more

Centre de plein air du Lac-Beauchamp

Where

741 Maloney Blvd. East, Gatineau

Good to know

15 km of trails | Accessible main building and beach nearby.

Learn more

Centre de plein air du Lac-Leamy

Where

100 Atawe Street, Gatineau

Good to know

2.5-km lakeshore loop | Dogs are allowed in the park.

Learn more

SHORT HIKES (UNDER 30 MINUTES)


Chutes Coulonge Park

Where

100 Promenade du Parc-des-Chutes, Mansfield-et-Pontefract

Good to know

Three hiking trails, 1 km to 2.4 km. | Several footbridges over a canyon, and five lookouts with great views of the 48-metre Coulonge Falls.

Learn more

Du Lièvre Trails

Where

121 Chemin du Pont-de-Bois, Val-des-Bois

Good to know

Family-friendly beginner-level trails, 0.8 km to 4 km | End your hike with a stop at the children’s park located on the same property. | Leashed dogs are welcome.

Learn more

Cedar Lakes Recreational Trails

Where

70 Principale Street, Messines

Good to know

Five trails, 1.2 km to 5.5 km | Woodland, cedar forest and two lakes.

Learn more

First Nations Trail (Parc Omega)

Where

399 Route 323 North, Montebello

Good to know

1.5-km walking trail | Admire the First Nations totem poles and observe the wild deer along the trail.

Learn more

Pont de pierre de Déléage Trails

Where

Chemin de la Baie Noire, Déléage

Good to know

Four trails, 0.6 km to 1.5 km | Access to the Pont de pierre (“stone bridge”), a natural rock formation over the river. | Take a swim in a natural rock pool.

Learn more

NATURE TRAILS


Forêt-la-Blanche Ecological Reserve

Where

300 Chemin Saddler, Mayo

Good to know

12 km of trails | One of the oldest forests in eastern North America. | The interpretation centre is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM, most of the year.

Learn more

White-Tail Deer Interpretation Centre

Where

6 Chemin du Barrage, Sainte-Thérèse-de-la-Gatineau

Good to know

1-km loop | Interpretation panels about the white-tail deer are displayed in an impressive log pavilion.

Learn more

Parc national de Plaisance

Where

1001 Chemin des Presqu’Îles, Plaisance

Good to know

Ten trails, 1 km to 21 km | Boardwalks and bridges through marshland that is home to more than 260 bird species.

Learn more

Les Chutes du Moulin

Where

100 Rang Malo, Plaisance

Good to know

2-km round trip | Views of the Chutes du Moulin waterfall, with a vertical drop of over 35 metres. | Lookout point, picnic table and interpretation panels.

Learn more

Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve

Where

Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve

Good to know

More than 60 km of trails | Opportunity to observe white-tail deer, moose and beaver.

Learn more

Centre touristique du Lac-Simon

Where

1216 Principale Street, Duhamel

Good to know

Ten trails, 300 m to 3.5 km | Ideal for wildlife observation in a mixed forest.

Learn more

For even more trails, check out the PERO – Pôle d’excellence en récréotourisme en Outaouais website and the Capital Pathway Network. With all these options, you’re sure to hit your daily steps target! 

+  

These blog posts might also interest you: 

OTHER ARTICLES THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU
Share
Facebook Twitter Email