Winter's Debut: Gatineau Park's Snowy Grand Opening

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by The Local
December 8, 2023
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The snow has descended, the air crisp with that wintry magic—yes, it's time! Gatineau Park's winter season officially kicks off TODAY!

Trails for Every Adventurer

With a whopping 316 kilometers of trails to explore, this winter wonderland nestled in Chelsea, Quebec, invites you to immerse yourself in nature’s frosty embrace. But before you lace up those boots or strap on those skis, let’s get you ready for a fantastic snowy escapade.

Finding Your Path

🥾 Trail Etiquette: Keeping things tidy! For those scenic walks or when taking your furry friends, stick to the designated walking trails, ensuring your four-legged pals are leashed.

🎟 Pass Up: Remember, an adventure pass is your golden ticket to traverse these picturesque trails. Secure yours online, at the Visitor Centre, or any of the convenient parking lots. Don’t forget to flaunt it—keep that pass visible throughout your icy exploits.

Gear Up for the Trails

📱 Tech-savvy Trailblazing: Gear up your mobile device with the Avenza app for the latest georeferenced trail map. Pro tip: download before you venture forth for seamless navigation.

🐭 Stay Official: Stick to the marked trails—this not only ensures your safety but also contributes to preserving the park’s delicate ecosystems.

Mapping Your Adventure

Dive into a plethora of interactive maps designed specifically for your winter activities:

  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snow Biking
  • Winter Hiking

Where to Grab Your Map

For those who cherish tangible trail companions, Gatineau Park paper maps are available at select locations:

  • Relais plein air (397 Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes, Gatineau)
  • Tourisme Outaouais (103 Rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC J8X 3V8)
  • Gatineau Park Visitor Centre (33, Scott Road, Chelsea)
  • World of Maps (1191 Wellington St. W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2Z6)

Going Digital

Take the magic digital with georeferenced maps through the Avenza Maps app. Track your adventure’s path, even amidst areas with limited cellular signals. Follow these simple steps to get started:

  1. Download: Get the Avenza Maps app from the App Store® or Google Play StoreTM.
  2. Choose Your Map: Select and download your preferred map before your frosty excursion.

Unveiling the PDFs

For those who prefer the classic PDF format, Gatineau Park’s maps are available for free download:

Embrace Winter’s Beauty

So, whether you're a seasoned snow enthusiast or just dipping your toes into winter adventures, Gatineau Park beckons with its snow-laden trails and picturesque landscapes. Bundle up, grab your map of choice, and let the winter escapades begin!

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