Cycling in Gatineau Park
Pedal into spring by cycling in Gatineau Park and staying at the award-winning Wakefield Mill Hotel, just 25 minutes from downtown Ottawa. Our spa hotel is nestled amongst hundreds of mature trees, blossoming plants, and babbling brooks that define the Gatineau landscape. Our convenient location makes it an exceptional getaway destination for cyclists looking to take advantage of the Park’s scenic parkways and trails.
Gatineau Park is a popular destination for Ontario touring and mountain bike cyclists for many reasons. From the varying terrain to the park’s abundant wildlife, cycling in Gatineau Park is a treat for the eyes, body, and spirit. Immerse yourself in nature, and cycle in the peace and quiet offered by the protected Park. On your cycling journey, you will see pieces of history and unique aspects of nature come to life in a picture perfect setting.
For mountain bike enthusiasts who want to combine challenging terrain with picturesque landscapes, the 90 kilometres of mountain bike trails in Gatineau Park offer an unforgettable ride. Just 15 minutes from our beautiful hotel accommodations is the Gatineau Park Visitors Centre where you can start your scenic ride. The hilly Gatineau terrain can be demanding, and beginners should not attempt the more advanced trails. Wakefield Mill guests who choose to venture out onto the mountain bike trails should be confident cyclists who are reasonably fit. We advise all cyclists exploring the Gatineau trails to take at least two water bottles or a water backpack for hydration.
If these trails don’t challenge you enough, travel 15 minutes from the Wakefield Mill to explore extreme mountain biking at Camp Fortune. During the summer, this ski resort’s slopes are transformed into 20 well-maintained kilometres of "downhill madness". Beginner, intermediate and advanced downhill cyclists will love the heart-racing trails at Camp Fortune. On Wednesday evening and throughout the day on weekends, cyclists can enjoy some of the park’s most high-flying trails via the Skyline Lift, which takes you to Camp Fortune's summit.
Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bike Days in Gatineau Park
On summer Sundays, enjoy cycling on 30.5 kilometres of scenic and car-free parkways. From mid-May to early September, the Gatineau, Champlain and Fortune parkways are closed to vehicles from 6 am to 11 am. The section north of Meech Lake Road is ideal for families with young children and is closed for two additional hours, from 6 am to 1 pm. After a day of cycling in Gatineau Park, reward yourself with The Wakefield Mill’s outstanding lunch or dinner menu. Choose casual pub fare or enjoy a fine-dining experience in the Muse Restaurant. If you’ve put your body to the test by cycling the Gatineau terrain, find solace and relief in our upscale spa and outdoor hot tubs. Indulge in revitalizing spa treatments so that you may be reinvigorated to pedal another day.
Add comfort, enjoyment, and elegance to your next biking getaway. Cycle in Gatineau Park and stay at The Wakefield Mill, an outstanding hotel with a convenient location for active adventurists. Contact our hotel today, and plan your cycling discovery.