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Gatineau Park - King Mountain Trail


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The King Mountain trail, located on the Eardley Escarpment of the Canadian Shield offers a hike unlike any other. With incredible views and interpretive panels that explain the unique ecosystem and historical sites along the trail, it definitely ranks as something you need to experience yourself. It is located near the intersection of the Gatineau and Champlain parkways.

The trail is approximately 2km long, in the form of a loop, with a vertical of about 70 metres. The trail contains several areas of rocky formations to traverse, but nothing is overly challenging, and takes an hour or so to complete.

Along the way you will discover a unique microclimate on the mountain, passing from a relatively dry area to one that is noticably more humid. Passing serveral different types of forests, as well as many types of trees, the interpretive panels allow you to learn about the natural wonder and treasure that is Gatineau Park.

You will also visit the a National Historic Site, when you come across the First Geodetic Survey Station National Historic Site. Found at an elevation of 344 metres, it was the first triangulation point, established in Canada for land surveys.

The King Mountain trail is an adventure you need to experience. From amazing vistas and views, to the unique path through the mountain it takes, it certainly leaves you wanting to come back to experience more!

 

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