Skyline Trail (Gatineau Park): Trail Report

Skyline trail (trail #6) in Gatineau Park is one of the few trails that offer up an eastern facing lookout to catch the sun rise. With an adventurous spirit and head lamps on… off you go!

Suggested Stops

Another bonus with hiking so early? Being first in line at Biscotti et cie when it opens. Actually we had time for a second hike before opening but decided to keep chatting and catching up instead.

Important Insights

Skyline trail is often regarded as a sunrise trial and offers a partial view of the sunrise depending on the time of year. It is also one of the few trails that normally remains open to hikers in Gatineau Park in the winter.

Land Acknowledgement

These are the lands of the Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ and Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) people.⁠ It is important as avid hikers and stewards of the land, to acknowledge and understand the full story our surroundings along with the people that care for her, both past and present. As sourced from native-land.ca, if there are corrections please send to victoria@girlgonegood.com.

Land Management

This property is managed by the NCC. Did you know that beyond Gatineau Park, that NCC trails are divided into six major sectors? They are; Shirley’s Bay, Phiney Forest, Mer Bleue, Green’s Creek, Stony Swamp, and Pine Grove. Kindly respect the trail guidelines by keeping your dog on-leash, carrying out all trash, and staying on the trail (no off trail roaming to protect ecological efforts and in respect of other hikers).

Suggested Stops

Another bonus with hiking so early? Being first in line at Biscotti et cie when it opens. Actually we had time for a second hike before opening but decided to keep chatting and catching up instead.

GPS Coordinates

45.49091845992023, -75.84186115922455

Street Address

P7, Chemin de kingsmere, Chelsea, QC J9B 1H9

Directions

A quick 25 km (roughly 30mins) drive from downtown Ottawa. Take the King Edward bridge to cross over to Quebec and stay on hwy 5N. Continue on 5N then exit on Chemin Old Chelsea. Turn left (West) on Chemin Old Chelsea and as you enter Gatineau Park the road turns into Chemin Lac Meech. Turn left on chemin de kingsmere. Continue until you reach P7 on the right.

Parking

Large parking lot at trailhead.

Cell Reception

Yes

Washrooms

Outhouses located at the parking lot.

Accessibility

No

Trail Details

Entrance Fee

Hours of Operation

All seasons. Open dawn to dusk daily.

Trail Map

Available from the NCC.

Trailhead

Located at the parking lot.

Number of Trails

1

Total Distance (km)

5.5

Elevation Gain (m)

164

Cell Reception

Yes

Features

Woodlands

Activities

Hiking

Dogs