Gatineau in winter: a city made for ourdoor fun!

Published on January 8 2021 - Sponsored

This winter, stay in shape by playing outside! In Gatineau, theres no shortage of natural and outdoor spaces. Between Leamy Lake, Beauchamp Lake and the Brewery Creek skating rink, theres no excuse for getting bored. As a couple or a family, dress warmly and discover the wonders that Gatineau has to offer. VitaminD, rosy cheeks and smiles guaranteed!  

*Did you know that the Accès Gatineau + card (available at the library) gives you access to sports equipment and many free activities? Pick yours up today! 

Centre de plein air du Lac-Leamy


In the heart of the Hull sector, nature unfolds before your eyes, with an outstanding view of Leamy Lake. To make the most of winter in the city, a stop at the outdoor centre is a must. Hiking, snowshoeing (snowshoe rental by reservation) or cross-country skiing, the whole family will enjoy exploring the wooded and lakeside trails. Four-legged companions (on a leash) are welcome too! 

Where

100 Atawe Street (formerly Lac-Leamy Road), Gatineau

When

In winter, the pavilion at the Centre de plein air du Lac-Leamy is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost

Parking and site access are free. Snowshoe rental (2-hour block): adults $12, children $8.50. Snowshoe rental is free with the Accès Gatineau + card.

Good to know

Only snowshoe rental is allowed this year. Time slots (2 hours each) must be reserved in advance via the City of Gatineau’s citizen portal (web page in French only), and a valid Accès Gatineau or Acccès Gatineau + card is required to make a reservation. Limit one place at a time per participant.

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Centre de plein air du Lac-Beauchamp


Lac Beauchamp Park offers a host of winter activities to delight young and old alike. On the program this year: skating, tube sliding, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. This 213-hectare park has more than 15 kilometres of recreational trails where you can keep in shape and practise your favourite sports, all within minutes of home. 

Where

741 Maloney Blvd. East, Gatineau

When

The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. In winter, the outdoor centre is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Cost

Parking and site access are free. Snowshoe rental (2-hour block): adults $12, children $8.50. Tube rental: $6 per hour. Equipment rental is free with the Accès Gatineau + card.

Good to know

Advance reservations via the City of Gatineau citizen portal (web page in French only) are required for sliding, skating and snowshoe rental, and a valid Accès Gatineau or Acccès Gatineau + card is required to make a reservation. Limit one place at a time per participant. The standard rental period is 2 hours for snowshoeing and 1 hour for all other activities.

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Brewery Creek skating rink – Lace up your skates!


This winter, sharpen your skates and take to the ice on the pretty Brewery Creek skating rink! Located in the heart of downtown Gatineau, the ice surface is over 420 metres long. A pleasant and spacious site that will delight skaters of all ages. 

Where

69 Montcalm Street, Gatineau

When

Daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Cost

Skating is free. Parking: On weekdays, allow $3 per hour between 6 a.m. and 5 pm. (maximum $15) and $5 per hour between 5 p.m. and 6 a.m; on weekends, $5 per hour.

Good to know

Advance reservations via the City of Gatineau citizen portal (web page in French only) are required for skating, and a valid Accès Gatineau or Acccès Gatineau + card is required to make a reservation. Limit one place at a time per participant. The standard reservation period is 1 hour. Skate rental is not available this year. Face masks are required inside the changing hut.

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After hours of outdoor fun, it’s time for a hot chocolate break. Seated comfortably, get a virtual escape by planning your next getaways through the Outaouais thanks to these unusual accommodation suggestions!

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