The best camping near Gatineau, Quebec.
Gatineau explorers can count on culture, canoe camping, and lots of craft beer.
Part of Canada’s National Capital Region, Gatineau is beloved for its museums, beer, and outdoor opportunities. The area’s renowned for its hiking trails, ranging from beginner jaunts to challenging, multi-day treks. Come winter, many of these routes are transformed into groomed snowshoeing and cross-country skiing paths. Just two hours from Montreal, Gatineau and theRead more...
Part of Canada’s National Capital Region, Gatineau is beloved for its museums, beer, and outdoor opportunities. The area’s renowned for its hiking trails, ranging from beginner jaunts to challenging, multi-day treks. Come winter, many of these routes are transformed into groomed snowshoeing and cross-country skiing paths. Just two hours from Montreal, Gatineau and the surrounding region provide conventional camping sites, RV options, canoe camping, four-season tents, yurts, and cabins to suit every adventure level.
Where to Go
Gatineau Park is the main draw of the region, offering 183 kilometres of trails, playgrounds, supervised beaches, and mountain bike, canoe, and kayak rentals. Outdoor adventurers enjoy tent campsites, plus ready-to-camp options that include winter-friendly tents, yurts, and rustic cabins spread out over three sectors of the park. A further 30 canoe camping sites are located along the shores of La Pêche Lake.
Gracefield and Thirty-One Mile Lake
About 90 minutes from downtown Gatineau, the region of Gracefield and Thirty-One Mile Lake offers gorgeous scenery and ample opportunities for fishing. The Société D'aménagement et de Gestion Environnementale (SAGE) offers about 30 bookable, basic tent sites around Thirty-One Mile Lake, as well as firewood. Those wanting a bit more luxury might opt for family-friendly private campgrounds with services like laundry facilities, swimming pools, or even shuffleboard.
Located an hour northeast of Gatineau, Lac-Simon’s bragging rights include a two-kilometre-long beach of soft sand, salsa dancing lessons, and ample camping sites at Sépaq’s Camping Centre Touristique Du Lac Simon vacation resort. The community of Chénéville, just a few kilometres away, has everything a backcountry camper could need, including grocery options, boating supply shops, and hardware stores.
When to Go
Summer is undeniably the most popular time to explore in and around Gatineau Park, the second-most visited park in Canada. Reservations around Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (a public holiday in Quebec celebrated June 24) and Canada Day tend to book up quickly. Early autumn excursions provide the best combination of pleasant weather and low traffic but there is one exception—expect dense weekend crowds in mid-October, when fall colours are at their best.
Know Before You Go
- If you want to fish in Quebec, you’ll need a license. Fortunately, they’re inexpensive and easy to obtain.
- You can buy everything from kayaks to backpack-friendly doggy dishes at Atmosphere in Gatineau.
- If your idea of essential supplies includes craft beer, check out Broue Ha Ha. They stock the largest supply of Quebec craft beer in the region, plus salami, nuts, cheese, pickles, potato chips, and a generous selection of hot sauce.
- If you’ve ever wanted to combine trekking and afternoon tea, you can make it happen in Gatineau Park at the Mackenzie King Estate. This one-time summer home of a former Canadian Prime Minister offers an elegant afternoon tea complete with cucumber sandwiches.