Welcome to Gatineau Park
Gatineau Park is a deservedly popular 36,000-hectare area of woods and lakes in the Gatineau Hills of Québec. In summer, this green expanse of cedar and maple offers 150km of hiking trails and over 90km of cycling paths. Winters are just as crowded with dozens of alpine skiing hills. Lac Lapêche, Lac Meech and Lac Philippe have swimming beaches (including Lac Meech's nude gay beach), which lure the land-locked locals for a refreshing dip (watch out for the occasional leech!).
Also in the park is the Mackenzie King Estate, the summer estate of a former Canadian prime minister. The Fall Rhapsody festival, celebrating the wonderful colors of fall, occurs in October.