Your first stop before trying to navigate the 361 square km. of Gatineau Park should be the visitor centre in the village of Chelsea, just north of Hull. There’s something in the park for just about everyone—if you know where to find it. Hundreds of kilometers of hiking, cycling, snowshoeing and cross-country ski trails web the park. The Mackenzie King Estate, the onetime summer home of Canada’s 10th prime minister, attracts history buffs and “ladies who lunch,” who love the rustic tearoom. Lac Philippe has several beaches and is popular with canoeists and kayakers, while more remote areas of the park have secluded campsites. In some far-flung parts of the park, you need to be alert for bears and other large beasts. Admission to the park itself is free, but there are some fees for parking, camping, skiing and other activities. Open year-round.
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