My girlfriend and I took advantage of the beautiful sunny weather last week and went for a nice afternoon hike around the Lauriault Trail in Gatineau Park.
Lauriault Trail, which gets started at P6 near the Mackenzie King Estate, is the only real winter hiking trail out of the few NCC-authorized trails in the Gatineau Park; the other two being the Pioneers Trail and the Sugarbush trail.
Lauriault is an easy walk that provides a terrific variety of scenery as you walk from the backside of King Mountain around to the front and top, with a great view of the Ottawa Valley below. Along the way you can take a little detour along the Waterfall trail, with a great view of one of Mackenzie’s favourite thinking spots!
We stopped for some lunch at the wooden bench at the Lauriault lookout – warm enough in March to relax in the sun in our t-shirts! – before heading back to the lot. The whole loop took just a few hours, but what a great place to have a spring picnic!