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Free shuttle is your ride to the fall colours in Gatineau Park

By Hannah Manning on September 27, 2017

Note: dates have been updated to reflect the 2018 schedule. First introduced in 2017, the shuttle was a hit and returns again. 

Good news for anyone eagerly awaiting fall and the beautiful fall foliage of Gatineau Park! The National Capital Commission (NCC) will be offering a shuttle from the Byward Market to Gatineau Park so you can enjoy the sights without a car.

The free shuttle will transport locals and visitors alike to enjoy Fall Rhapsody over the following four weekends:

  • September 29 and 30
  • October 6, 7 and 8
  • October 13 and 14
  • October 20 and 21

It will link to Gatineau Park’s most popular destinations: Pink Lake, the Mackenzie King Estate, King Mountain and Champlain Lookout. The shuttle will depart from the intersection of Sussex and York every 20 minutes between 9am-2pm. Take a look at the interactive map to plan your trip.

This is an excellent way for those without a car, or those seeking to avoid busy parking lots, to enjoy Gatineau Park. As in past years, there will be a shuttle from Camp Fortune to the Keogan Shelter, Étienne-Brȗlé Lookout, Champlain Lookout and Huron Lookout.

In addition to the shuttle service, there are special events planned for each weekend including shows and presentations from local artisans and musicians, interpretation kiosks, a country fair, guided hikes, and more.

Dr. Mark Kristmanson, Chief Executive Officer of the NCC, says “The National Capital Commission’s free shuttle from the ByWard Market to Gatineau Park will provide a convenient and environmentally sustainable way for residents and visitors to discover the fall colours of Canada’s Capital conservation park.”

The free shuttle will departs from the Byward Market at the corner of Sussex and York. For more information, visit the NCC’s website.