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First Rides in and Around Gatineau Park

Whether your riding preferences are road, mountain, or hybrid, we have assembled some fun routes in and around Gatineau Park! With special highlighted features which include breathtaking views from lookouts, coffee, or fun single track sections, there's a little for everyone's preferences. Please note, that while we have tried to make the routes as accurate as we can, we cannot guarantee the absence of debris or slight variation in paths or along trails, thus, please be familiar with the area that you plan to ride in and key road markers (street signs) or trail markers to be alert of. 

Road Routes

These routes are ideal for any road cyclist. Whether you want to challenge yourself with lots of climbing or want a fun café ride (or both), these routes are for you! Promenades Gatineau, Champlain, and Lac Fortune are closed all day Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for active users; shared parkway access with motor vehicles are in effect Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1pm until 30-minutes after sunset. All of these routes start from NCC parking lot P3. 

Strava Link: https://www.strava.com/routes/2842175050400150396

Route Highlights:

  • Champlain Lookout 
  • Pink Lake Lookout 



Strava Link:

https://www.strava.com/routes/2842175113444003708

Route Highlights:

  • Les Saisons Café (Chelsea)
  • Pink Lake Lookout 

Strava Link:

https://www.strava.com/routes/2842499386491143932

Route Highlights:

  • Scenic Ch. de la Montagne 
  • Pink Lake Lookout 

Please note, Ch. de la Montagne is narrow and has some blind- corners through the hills. Take this road at your own discretion. 

Hybrid Routes

Have you been wanting to explore the beautiful summer greenery in and around Gatineau Park but don't know where to start or where to go? These three routes run along NCC multi-use pathways and select bike lane segments. These routes have some short climbs, but are overall flat and ideal for any cyclist who wants to explore the region! All of these routes start from NCC parking lot P3.

Strava Link:

https://www.strava.com/routes/2842175240014774140

Route Highlights:

  • The Aylmer Marina
  • The Deschênes Rapids

Strava Link:

https://www.strava.com/routes/2842175183172446076

Route Highlights:

  • Les Saisons Café (Chelsea)
  • Gatineau Park Pathway from P3 to Ch. de la Mine
Strava Link:

https://www.strava.com/routes/2842175297565505276

Route Highlights:

Mountain Routes

Are you looking for some beginner and intermediate friendly routes to go mountain biking? Then these routes are for you! While Larose Forest is the best place to learn how to mountain bike if you have never gone before, these routes are ideal if you are looking to improve your climbing and technical skills. To note, a trail pass is not needed while riding along NCC maintained trails, however, it is required to ride the trails in Camp Fortune. Please note that these routes are plotted as accurately as we could plot them, there may be minor variances, thus, please always be familiar with the trail(s) you plan on taking.

Strava Route:

https://www.strava.com/routes/2842174921801709544

Highlighted Trails:

  • Brain's Climb
  • Social Decline
  • Canadian Pea Soup
  • Junior
  • Humdinger Rd. 
  • Uberpunch 
Strava Route:

https://www.strava.com/routes/2842192492559101692

Highlighted Trails:

  • NCC trail #67
  • NCC trail #66
  • NCC trail #68
  • NCC trail #76