125 km of hiking trails (including 90 km available for
camping (Lac Philippe)
canoe camping (Lac La Pêche)
185 km of cross-country ski trails
Kingsmere - the summer residence of Willian Lyon Mackenzie
King (10th prime minister of Canada)
swimming (Lac Meech, Lac Philippe and Lac La Pêche)
Gatineau Park lies on the edge of the Canadian Shield at the Saint
Lawrence Lowlands (Ottawa River valley).
On a hot summer day, you often see turkey vultures riding the thermals along the
Eardley Escarpment near Luskville. But, 12,000 years ago,
looking off the Escarpment, you would have seen the
Champlain Sea, an inland arm of
the Atlantic Ocean. The remains of
whales and seals have been found in this area of the Ottawa Valley.
The south-facing Escarpment provides a unique micro-climate by:
deflecting cold air coming in from the north
providing a large mass of rock that absorbs heat from the sun
This allows plants more commonly found further south to survive along the Escarpment.
Although this park is relatively small - 356 square kilometres
(140 square miles), wolves have been seen
in the less accessible areas. White-tailed deer and beaver are
often seen, as well as the occasional black bear.