Relais plein air
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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:
- - Ski: https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/ski-conditions
- - Snowshoeing: https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/snowshoeing-trail-conditions
- - Snow Biking: https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/snow-biking-conditions
RECOMMENDED SKI ITINERARY: FROM CITY TO THE WILDERNESS
(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
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.
AT THE PARK
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!
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)