Parkbus - Bus from Ottawa to Gatineau Park

Gatineau Park

Relais plein air

Relais plein air
30 minutes
school bus

Prices (bus+park pass)

  • Regular rate$28.00
  • Students / Seniors$26.50
  • Children$14.40
  • Regular rate$35.00
  • Students / Seniors$32.00
  • Children$18.00

Bus and NCC pass for activity of your choice included

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Visit Gatineau Park this winter! Gatineau Park offers one of the biggest networks of ski trails in North America. The access to ski, snowshoe and bike trails is paid, but is included with your Parkbus ticket.

Parkbus leaves downtown Ottawa and drops off at Relais plein air, where it is possible to rent snowshoes, skis and winter bikes. The building, managed by a non-profit organization, also offers a café, a heated shelter, washrooms and wax room.

Don't spend time in line! The Relais plein air offers advance booking options for your outdoor experience : cross-country ski lessons and rental, snowshoes, fatbikes and meal on site. Book your package here.

Please note: there are no hiking trails accessible from Relais plein air.

Find out what the trail conditions of your preferred activity are on the NCC’s website:


(Note that this trail is for the exclusive use of skiers. Snowshoers and bikers should use Trail 65)

Start: Relais plein air du parc de la Gatineau, near bus drop-off point

Total distance: 12 km

Level of difficulty: Easy to intermediate

Technique: Classic

Route: Trails 29, 5, 15 and 35 to Pink Lake; return via the Gatineau Parkway, and trails 26 and 29 to Relais plein air du parc de la Gatineau

Note: The first half of this loop is a gradual uphill, which includes several steep climbs. The return includes a long, but easy, downhill section on the Gatineau Parkway from Pink Lake.

This loop features a variety of scenery and terrain, including open fields and a gently rolling trail that winds through mature forests. The route also covers sections of trail that are used for the Gatineau Loppet, Canada’s largest cross-country ski event.



Once you reach your selected destination, you are responsible for yourself. There are no guides or guided trips, as Parkbus provides only transportation. If you do not bring food with you, lunch and beverages are avaialable for purchase at the Café des Sentiers.

Stop at Relais plein air / Gatineau Park


Relais plein air

Relais plein air offers ski, snowshoe and snow bike rentals, as well as washrooms, change rooms, and the Café des Sentiers, where you can grab a drink or a homemade meal before or after your outing!

Estimated arrival
10:00 am

2:00 pm

Pickup Location in Ottawa

1 George Street

The pick-up point is across from the Fairmont Château Laurier, at 1 George Street (one block northwest of Sussex Drive and Rideau Street)

9:30 am

Estimated Return
2:30 pm