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“One of Ottawa's jewels, don't miss huge and glorious Gatineau Provincial Park.”
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Gatineau Park
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Ottawa City Tour by Land and Water
Ranked #1 of 47 things to do in Gatineau
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This vast and scenic Ottawa park is ideal for walking, biking or cross-country skiing and also houses the MacKenzie King Estate, once the home of Canada's former Prime Minister.
Brussels, Belgium
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“One of Ottawa's jewels, don't miss huge and glorious Gatineau Provincial Park.”
Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

Gatineau park lies north of Ottawa and is most easily accessible by car. You can get information about the Park from the Info Centre in downtown Ottawa or from the excellent Interpretative Centre in Old Chelsea.

There's something for everyone during each season of the year, although personally I would avoid the spring months (late April through mid June) unless you have industrial strength bug spray.

Highlights include:
- the MacKenzie King Estate - also one of the few spots in the Park where food is available;
- protected Pink Lake, with a great, fully accessible 2.5km interpretative trail;
- the Champlain look-out for fabulous views from the start of the Canadian Shield over the plains. Also a great spot to watch the sunset;
- the sugar maple grove walk which starts and ends just behind the interpretative centre in Old Chelsea;
- the bike paths, and particularly the car-free Sundays during the summer months when a number of roads in the southern part of the park are restricted to non-motorised traffic;
- Camp Fortune - for downhill and cross-country skiing in the winter (it's a relatively small ski area but great for a day and only 30 minutes by car from downtown Ottawa) and the aerial park behind it in summer;
- the cross-country ski trails throughout the park are extensive and some of the best in North America.
- Meech Lake, for canoeing in summer. There are also two small sandy beaches;
- further north in the park is beautiful Lac La Peche, the largest lake in the park. There is a large, sandy beach with a supervised swimming area in the summer months (10am to 6pm) and BBQ areas (some fixed BBQs provided), canoe hire and access to 33 wilderness camping spots which are only accessible by canoe. Dogs not allowed in the summer months.
In the summer months, there is a smallish daily fee for entrance to some parts of the park between 9am and 6pm.

Visited July 2014
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Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP
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“Gatienau Park”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

If You are by car in Ottawa dont miss the Gatineau Park, you just cross de River and following the signals enter the Park It is beatifull!!!! with hidden small lakes, The Mackenzie King Estate, and the gorgeous view over the Ottawa valley, Also by bike!

Visited May 2014
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“Pink Lake - breathtaking! ”
Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

Were there with two toddlers and the path around the lake was easy enough for them to make it. The view was spectaculoase! We just loved hiking there.

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“National park jewel of nature”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

National park jewel of nature!! So much to do in nature so close to the nations capital. Walking, hiking,biking,skiing, in this nicely preserved park that will amaze you with its scenery and fauna.

Visited June 2014
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Port Dover, Canada
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“Beautiful scenery!”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

We went off-trails to hike the "mountain" ... bushwhacking our way through. It was late spring and there were lots of mosquitoes so be prepared for these bugs depending on the timing of your visit.

The hike up to the top was so worth it ... Ottawa Valley, the river ... so breathtaking!

Visited June 2014
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