Join us for the AGM on Saturday, October 22 1:30PM

The Friends of Gatineau Park are happy to invite members and the general public to attend its Annual General Meeting (AGM).

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When
Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 1:30PM

Where
Gatineau Park Visitor Centre – Lynx Room, 33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Québec

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Should you be interested in joining the Board of Directors or one of the committees of our organization, or should you require more information about what such a commitment entails, please contact Graeme Roderick (ottawaroderick@sympatico.ca).

Ridge Road Hikes

Ridge Road Hikes

Many users of Gatineau Park are familiar with Ridge Road, or Trail #1, as one of the Park’s most popular trails for hiking, skiing and mountain biking. It also has another story, as one of the early colonization roads by which Irish settlers in the 1800‘s moved to small farms on the highlands of what was to become Gatineau Park.

Join us for a bilingual guided hike to explore the human history and natural features of Ridge Road. Learn to recognize signs of former farms, understand the processes by which nature reverts following human disturbances, and find out about some of the early settlers who gave names to places in the Park and the origins of Cross country skiing in the Park.

These bilingual, intermediate-level hikes will cover approximately 10 km on hilly terrain.

Please wear weather appropriate clothing and shoes, and bring water and a lunch.

These activities are for persons aged 13 and older. Reservations are required. The funds raised will help support Friends of Gatineau Park activities.

When?
Ridge Road Hike – Keogan Shelter to Western Shelter and areas
September 24, 2016 (bilingual)
10am to 2pm
Meeting Point at the Keogan Shelter parking lot.

Ridge Road Hike – P7 to Keogan Shelter
October 1, 2016 (bilingual)
10am to 2pm
Meeting point at parking lot 7.

Cost per hike?
Member of the Friends of Gatineau Park
Adult: $16
Student (13 and over) / Senior (65 and over): $13
Family: 34$

Non-Member
Adult: $20
Student / Senior (65 and over): $16
Family: 42$

Reservations and information
819-827-2020 or 1-866-456-3016 (toll-free)

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Junior Naturalist

Junior Naturalist

Accompanied by an experienced nature interpreter, come have fun discovering the natural treasures that are hidden in framboise_2014Gatineau Park. Equipped with a backpack, observation tools and information sheets, you will learn more about the plants and animals of the Park and the relations between them.

This workshop is offered to children between 6 and 11 years.

Reservations are required. The funds raised will help support Friends of Gatineau Park activities.

When?
Sunday, September 18 (in English)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Saturday, September 17 (in French)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Where?
Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Quebec

Cost?
Children (6 to 11 years old): 12 $

Reservations and Information
819-827-2020 ou 1-866-456-3016 (sans frais)

Hiking Workshop in Gatineau Park

How to choose a destination and plan successful forest outings? How to prepare for longer hikes, here and elsewhere? How to choose the right equipment? And what about map reading, safety and outdoor ethics?

Take part in this workshop by the Friends of Gatineau Park, offered Saturday, bottes de marche istockSeptember 17 (in French) and Sunday, September 18 (in English).

The workshop includes a one-hour presentation and a two-hour hike. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and shoes, and bring water and a snack.

This activity is for persons aged 13 and older. Reservations are required. The funds raised will help support Friends of Gatineau Park activities.

When?
Saturday, September 17, 2016 (in French)
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Sunday, September 18, 2015 (in English)
9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Cost?
Member of the Friends of Gatineau Park
Adult: $16
Student (13 and over) / Senior (65 and over): $13
Family: 34$

Non-Member
Adult: $20
Student / Senior (65 and over): $16
Family: 42$

Where?
Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Quebec

Reservations and information
819-827-2020 or 1-866-456-3016 (toll-free)

Parks Day Activities!

Tomorrow is the day! Here’s a list of some of the activities available from 10AM to 3PM at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre at 33 Scott Rd., Chelsea, QC :
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10:00AM – 11:30AM Special Circle Dance : The Joy of Nature

What is the circle dancing? Circle dancing is the oldest form of community dance.

These dances are accessible to all and include traditional folk dances and contemporary dances to the sound of all kinds of music: world fusion, classical, traditional, modern, fun and meditative.
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Each dance is explained and practiced before it is danced. No dance experience is necessary.

The explanations will be bilingual, French and English.

What to bring: a water bottle, a hat, bug spray , sunscreen

11:30AM to 1:30PM Wilderness skills
1PM to 2PM Tree observation hike

With Jean Lauriault, Canadian Museum of Nature Associate

2PM to 3PM Yoga

Come and assist to an outdoor yoga class with your yoga instructor, Chantal Ouellette
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Bring your yoga mat!

LA JOURNÉE DES PARCS / PARKS DAY


LA JOURNÉE DES PARCS / PARKS DAY

WHAT?
On Saturday July 16, join us as we celebrate Canada’s Parks Day at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre. At this special event, visitors will have an opportunity to discover multiple ways to enjoy and protect Gatineau Park.

  • Come and meet cultural, outdoors and wildlife observation organizations who practice their activities in the Park.
  • Learn about the educational programs offered by the Friends of Gatineau Park.
  • Learn how you can support the Park and its conservation mandate.

Canada’s Parks Day is an annual event organized by the Canadian Parks Council. At Gatineau Park, the event is coordinated by the Friends of Gatineau Park

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WHEN?
Saturday, July 16, 2016
From 10 am to 3 pm

FOR WHO?
This activity is intended for families and anyone interested in Gatineau Park. Participants / Visitors do not require reservations for this activity.

HOW MUCH?
It’s free!

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WHERE?
Outside the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
33 Scott Road, Old Chelsea

Source: Accent Nature

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Creatures of the Night

When the sun sets, a whole other world comes to life in the forest. Accompanied by one of the Friends of Gatineau Park’s nature interpreters and a guest biologist, join us to learn about mysterious and fascinating Creatures of the Night: fireflies, coyotes, bats, and flying squirrels, amongst others.

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photo credit: J. Holden

This family activity includes a 45 minute indoor presentation followed by a short interpretive walk on part of the Sugarbush Trail.   Please wear footwear/clothing suitable for the activity and temperature. The activity is recommended for adults and children over 10 years old.  Reservations required.

When?
Friday, June 17, 2016 from 8-10:00 PM in French
Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 8-10:00 PM in English

Cost?
Member of the Friends of Gatineau Park
Adult: $16; Student (13+) /Senior (65+): $13; Family: $34
Non-Member
Adult: $20; Student (13+) /Senior (65+): $16; Family: $42
Child (Age 10-12): $7

Revenues go towards supporting the programs of the Friends of Gatineau Park.

Where?
Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Quebec

Information & reservations: 819-827-2020 or 1-866-456-3016

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge (GCGC)

This year, The Friends of Gatineau Park is participating in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge (GCGC) http://givingchallenge.ca/.

image003The GCGC is a national public contest which runs from June 1 to June 30, 2016. Every dollar donated to the Friends of Gatineau Park in June, through CanadaHelps, is an automatic entry for the Friends to win a $10,000 donation.

image005We need your help for the Friends to have a chance to win the contest! You can make a donation yourself and/or encourage your network of family, friends and colleagues to consider donating to the Friends. The following link provides an easy way to do so https://www.canadahelps.org/gcgc/56079.image006

The more donations, the better chances we have of winning the $10,000 donation.  This would go a long way in helping us to continue to provide great programming in Gatineau Park and to support research and conservation activities.

A sincere thanks for your support.

Introduction to Bird Watching

Have you always wanted to learn more about the life of birds?  Register now to participate in a bird-watching workshop offered by the Friends of Gatineau Park.  Mr Robert Alvo, an expert ornithologist and author of the recently published book, Being a Bird in North America (BABINA), introduces you to the practice of bird-watching, including the following topics:

  • Equipment to invest in
  • Planning your outings
  • Learning where the best bird-watching spots are in Gatineau park and in the region
  • Resources available for amateur birdwatchers
  • Observing while respecting the environmentbirdwatch

The workshop consists of an indoor presentation followed by a hike with practical exercises. This activity is for persons aged 13 and older.  Reservations required.

Bring your binoculars and field guide if you have them. Some binoculars will be on hand to loan.

Copies of Rob’s book will be available for purchase for $40, taxes in, payable by cash or credit card.

When?
Saturday, June 4, 2016 (in French) 8 am to 10 am

Sunday, June 5, 2016 (in English) 8 am to 10 am

Cost?
Member of Friends of Gatineau Park:  Adult: $16;  Student (13+)/Senior (65+): $13;  Family: 34$

Non-Member: Adult: $20; Student (13+)/Senior (65+): $16; Family: 42$

The funds raised will help support Friends of Gatineau Park activities.

Where?
Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Quebec

Reservations and information:  819-827-2020 or 1-866-456-3016

Newsletter now available in Digital Format

IMG_2126The latest issue of the Friends of Gatineau Park newsletter is now available in the Publications section of the website. Following a Board decision, the newsletter is now available only in digital format. This issue includes 4 interesting articles covering biodiversity and heritage topics as well as programmed events for next few months although some of the dates for these events may have been modified since the printing of the Newsletter. Check the Programming 2016 button on the homepage of the website for the latest changes to the schedule and other scheduled activities.

The four articles featured in the Newsletter are:

  • Habitat Selection and Coverboard efficiency in Sampling Snakes by Francisco Retamal Diaz;

  • Ridge Road Settlers by Bill McGee;

  • Responsible Trail Management in Gatineau Park by Catherine Verreault

  • The Alexander Family and Meech Lake Tourism by Michel Lemaire

Did you enjoy these articles? Then, why not become a member (yearly membership is only $15) of the Friends of Gatineau Park and support more directly research products conducted within the Park. Call the Friends’ office at 819-827-3113 for details.