2015 Programming

agenda & styloThe Programming Committee of the Friends of Gatineau Park are happy to be publishing their planned schedule of events for the whole year. The attached schedule is tentative, ambitious and subject to change and it covers brand new activities organized for the first time by the Friends as well as regular events that have taken place for several years.

 

Broader categories of activities covered by this schedule include:

  • Snowshoe under the Stars

  • Dusk series

  • Wilderness skills

  • Special events

  • Speaker series

Stay tuned for future postings by checking regularly our website prior to each scheduled activity which will provide fuller details on location, registration, cost and any changes in date and time.

 

 

Latest issue of the Newsletter now available

IMG_1256The latest issue of the Friends of Gatineau Park newsletter is now available in the Publications section of the website. It features 3 diverse and interesting articles, one on biodiversity (The flora of the Eardley Escarpment hollows and dells), another one on heritage (Birch bark canoe donation) and finally the last one on a special project of the Friends (Recipes of the Gatineau Park Cookbook).

 

By the way, for the recipes cookbook, we encourage all skiers and snowshoers interested that are using shelters in the Gatineau Park to submit their favorite recipe without delay as you have only until January 31, 2015 to put in your submission.

 

Traditional Snowshoeing in the Gatineau Park

Photo de José Lafleur

                                                                                                                                        Photo from José Lafleur

The Friends of Gatineau Park invite you to experience a memorable adventure of off-trail snowshoeing in Gatineau Park. You will learn the basics about this traditional mode of transportation and discover some of the hidden beauties of the Park. This activity will take place on Saturday morning on February 7, 2015 in French and on February 14, 2015 in English.

This will also give you a chance to improve your knowledge of:

  • planning and preparing equipment for an outing;

  • reading maps and landscape topography;

  • safety and recreation ethics.

 

You are required to be in good physical condition for this activity and it is intended for persons aged 13 and older.

Bring your own snowshoes — or rent ours for $5.

 

Reservations are required (see below for details).

 

  • Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015 (French); Saturday, February 14, 2015 (English)

  • Time: Starting at 9 am and running until approximately noon

  • Meeting point: Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, 33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Québec

  • Information and Registration: 819-827-2020 or 1-866-456-3016

  • Cost: Adults $15 (members $12); Seniors (60 and over) / Students (13 and over) $12, (members $10).

 

Around the Fire – Recipes of the Gatineau Park

It is still time to brush up on your cooking skills for chalet dining in the Gatineau Park and to submit your favorite and, undoubtedly unique, recipe for the first cook book entitled “Recipes of the Gatineau Park“. You have until January 31, 2015 to submit your recipe that may bring back  fond memories of time spent around the fire in good company in the Gatineau Park. Check the following link for more details on this interesting project of the Friends of Gatineau Park.

 

So, waste no more time before submitting your favorite recipe and maybe become famous!

Reminder – Snowshoe under the Stars Outings

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Don’t miss these very popular Snowshoe under the Stars outings! The first one is scheduled to take place next Friday evening, January 9, 2015 and then, every Friday evening from January 16 to February 27 inclusively. Check the following link for more details on these outings.

 

Don’t forget to register ahead of time! There are still quite a few places available for the next 2 or 3 programs offered and the snow is coming down…

Snowshoe under the Stars – January & February 2015

Snowshoe outingYou don’t need to have oversized feet or large tufts of fur between your toes to float over the snow like a hare or lynx – you can join the Friends of Gatineau Park for our very popular Snowshoe Under the Stars program on Friday evenings in January and February 2015. We will show you how easy it can be to get around in the snow, and have fun doing it.

 

Chemin-05wCome along for an evening snowshoe hike by starlight or moonlight, followed by a hot chocolate in the Gatineau Park Sugarbush shack next to the Visitor Centre. Dress warmly, wear comfortable preferably flat sole boots, and bring a headlamp or flashlight. You can bring your own snowshoes or rent some for the evening ($5 for adults and free for children).

 

Please consult the attached poster for dates and times of outings and registration details.

Some of the scheduled outings may have to be cancelled as this activity is dependent on weather and on having sufficient number of registrations.

So, don’t wait to register and join the fun!

Research Forum 2014 – Record Attendance

The Friends of Gatineau Park have held a research forum every year since 2004. This annual event is an occasion for natural science and heritage researchers, both professional and amateur, to share the results of their research with the public and highlight the importance of research in managing and animating the Park. It also enables those who made donations to the Friends of Gatineau Park to see how some of their donation was used in supporting research. Continue reading

REMINDER – RESEARCH FORUM

Don’t miss the 10th Research Forum on coming Sunday (November 23) from 11 am to 3 pm. More details and agenda are available here. Don’t forget to register!

ACCESS UPDATE AS OF NOVEMBER 22:

ACCORDING TO THE CHELSEA CITY WEBSITE, ACCESS TO THE SOUTH ENTRANCE OF THE PARKING LOT OF THE GATINEAU PARK VISITOR CENTRE IS NOW POSSIBLE FROM OLD CHELSEA ROAD VIA SCOTT ROAD.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ACCESS TO GATINEAU PARK VISITOR CENTRE PARKING IS NOT POSSIBLE FROM OLD CHELSEA ROAD BECAUSE OF MUNICIPAL SERVICES WORK TAKING PLACE IN THAT AREA; RATHER TAKE HIGHWAY 5 AND EXIT AT SCOTT ROAD (#13), SOUTH DIRECTION OR TAKE HIGHWAY 105 AND THEN SCOTT ROAD.

 

Survival in the Outdoors – December 5

IMG_0932As part of the new Wilderness skills workshop series, the Friends of Gatineau Park are happy to be offering a practical and interesting activity, Survival in the Outdoors. This workshop will take place on Friday, December 5, 2014, from 7 to 9 pm, and will be given by members of Search and Rescue Global 1 (SAR Global 1 – http://www.sarglobal1.ca/). The bilingual (English and French) presentation features practical tips and equipment demonstrations. Continue reading

10th ANNUAL RESEARCH FORUM

Tortue-04wThis year, the Research Forum will take place on Sunday, November 23, 2014, from 11 am to 3 pm approximately. The Friends of Gatineau Park (FGP) and the National Capital Commission (NCC) invite you to join us for free presentations about some of the exciting research being conducted in the Park. This is a great opportunity for the public to meet and to talk with some of the researchers.

Luskville-11wResearch undertaken in Gatineau Park helps park management in their short- and long-term planning aimed at safeguarding natural and historical assets while offering a number of recreational activities. It is also the basis for interpretation and education programs presented in collaboration with the FGP.

The final program for the forum is attached and features several research projects undertaken in the Park. Continue reading