Hiking - Champlain Lookout Trail - Gatineau Park
The Champlain Lookout trail takes you around the edge of the Eardley Escarpment, showcasing stunning views and vistas. With a length of approximately 1.2km, it is not the longest trail, but definitely one of the more enjoyable ones. Several sections are on the edge of steep cliffs, bordered by wood fences, further adding to the awe inspiring landscapes and experience.
Interpretive panels explain the unique geology as well as unique and rare species found in this area. The ever elusive milk snake for example can on occasion be spotted along this trail near rocky formations.
Crossing several small streams passing through rocky formations, there is plenty to enjoy on this trail in Gatineau Park.
Accessed from the Champlain Parkway's lookout, the trail should be considered intermediate in difficulty. With two perfect viewing points, including one that juts out from the mountain on a platform, don't forget to bring your camera.
Once finished, be sure to also enjoy the view and scenery by the parking, with the expansive stone wall, popular for picnic lunches and gazing off into the distance.