Canoeing & Kayaking in Gatineau Park
Start spring with a splash by canoeing or kayaking in Gatineau Park. Just twenty minutes from downtown Ottawa, you will discover the most breath-taking park in our region. The Gatineau is home to hundreds of unique species and beautiful scenery. The park’s unique landscape lends itself to every recreational activity that you can imagine. Our hotel guests find the crystal clear water one of their favourite aspects of the area. The Park has several lakes, but in order to preserve the region's delicate ecological balance, boaters may only canoe at particular sites.
Canoe and kayak on Meech Lake, Philippe Lake, and La Pêche Lake. Canoe rentals are available at Philippe Lake and La Pêche Lake, or bring your own from home. Remember to always bring your life jackets or to rent them at either lakefront because the law requires that each boater must have a life jacket in his or her canoe. All of the park's lakes offer a picture perfect experience. As you canoe around Gatineau Park, you will be surrounded by mature trees, rock ways, and gentle breezes that drift across the water’s surface. You may encounter swimmers on each lake, but you will have plenty of privacy for exploring. While canoeing in Gatineau Park, you can choose the intensity of your route. Be prepared to spend between one to two hours to traverse each lake, but along the way there are plenty of places to stop and rest. While resting, you may encounter many of the furry friends or birds that seek shelter in Gatineau Park’s incredible ecosystems.
Kayaking and canoeing in Gatineau Park is the perfect way to spend a warm spring or hot summer day near Ottawa, Ontario. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the sights, sounds, and fun that define a day spent in the Gatineau region. Forget about rushing back to the city. Instead, book an overnight stay at The Wakefield Mill. Our hotel is just minutes from each canoeing destination, allowing you to canoe bright and early or watch the sunset without having to worry about the drive home.
After a full day of outdoor adventure, our friendly staff will welcome you back to our upscale rustic hotel with exceptional amenities and renowned fine dining. Wakefield guests who enjoy canoeing in Gatineau Park also love our nature-based spa treatments right next to MacLaren Falls. Our award-winning spa (/en/spa-wellness.aspx) combines natural products with expert care to heal, replenish, and relax our guests. Continue your evening of relaxation with a dip in our outdoor pool and hot tubs. Then, retire to the comfort of one of our contemporary or rustic hotel rooms.
Reach out and touch nature in Gatineau Park. Canoe, kayak, and swim in the park’s shimmering lakes. Invite family and friends to join you, or make it a romantic weekend getaway with your special someone. Guests with discerning tastes will love an escape that combines canoeing in Gatineau Park and staying in the elegantly restored Wakefield Mill Hotel. Contact our hotel today and plan a spectacular getaway for when the snow melts.