Hiking and Walking at the Mackenzie King Estate

 Photo of man and woman hiking along a trail at the Mackenzie King Estate
Explore William Lyon Mackenzie King's favourite wilderness trails
Maps and Publications

Follow in King’s footsteps through the woods by the Mackenzie King Estate. There you’ll find three kilometres of trails dedicated to hiking. There are also scenic walks to the Estate’s gardens and picturesque ruins.

Lauriault–Waterfall Trails Loop

The Waterfall Trail was King’s favourite wilderness walk. You can hike all or part of the loop formed by the Lauriault and Waterfall trails. The complete loop is three kilometres and takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. Sights include the Bridal Veil Falls at the end of the Waterfall trail and the Lauriault trail lookout. These trails are open year-round to hikers.

Mackenzie King Estate Gardens and Ruins

The Estate boasts beautiful formal gardens and a scattering of picturesque ruins. Take a walk through the grounds where you’ll find many beautiful views and photo opportunities. The Abbey Ruins are universally accessible.

Washrooms There are washrooms at the Mackenzie King Estate and dry toilets at the parking lots.
Parking In addition to the Mackenzie King Estate parking lot (P6), the Lauriault-Waterfall trail loop can be accessed via the Lauriault and Mulvihill parking lots. The parking locations are marked on the Gatineau Park maps.
Universal Accessibility The Abbey Ruins path is accessible but the hiking trails are not.

Maps and Guides

A small guidebook called The Waterfall and Lauriault Trails has been published by the Friends of Gatineau Park. You can buy it at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre and at the Mackenzie King Estate when the museums are open.