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 – The bilingual (English and French) presentation features practical tips and equipment demonstrations.


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  • Planning backcountry trips
  • Navigating with a map and compass
  • Ten essential items you need to carry and know how to use
  • Survival skills
  • Search and rescue techniques.

With these skills and techniques in your toolkit, you will be less likely to get lost in the woods, yet better prepared for misadventures.

Here are additional details about this event:

  • Time: Starting at 7 pm and running until approximately 9 pm

  • Place: Lynx Room, Gatineau Park Visitor Centre , 33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Québec

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

  • Cost: Adults $15 (members $12); Seniors / Students $12 (members $10); teenagers (aged 12 to 17) $5


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

Brief Report on 2014 AGM & Volunteer Luncheon

During the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and the Annual General meeting (AGM) held on October 25, 2104, Graeme Roderick, president of the Friends of Gatineau Park, began the meeting by welcoming participants and then posted the agenda of the meeting for review.

Due to another commitment of the auditor, Ray Folkinsthe financial report was presented and reviewed as the first item of business, and then approved by the membership. The treasurer, Sarah Crowe, then presented a number of motions for approval related to financial matters.

The Annual Report of the Friends of Gatineau Park for 2013-2014 was then presented by the chairpersons of the various committees of the organization:

IMG_1083A key moment of the meeting is definitely the presentation of the 2014 Graeme Roderick Award by the Chairman to Gillian Shield. This reward is in recognition of the time and efforts spent by Gillian as an active member of the Programming Committee for a number of years and specially for organizing the activities of the 2014 Dusk Series. Gillian has not only actively participated in the organization of multiple activities over the years but she has also attended many, many of these activities as volunteer with her children.

The draft minutes of the 2014 AGM meeting will be posted shortly in the About Us section of the Friends’ website.


Birchbark Canoe of W. Commanda Now Displayed at the Visitor Centre

Last Wednesday, the NCC Gatineau Park staff completed the installation of a birchbark canoe from Elder William Commanda donated to the Friends of the Gatineau Park by the Waddell family.



You are invited to go to the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre (VC) in Chelsea to admire this unique and exceptional artefact! Please consult 2 previous postings on this topic to have more details on Elder Commanda canoe (public unveiling and move to the VC of the canoe from Lac Ste-Marie). Some pictures of the displayed artefact in the Exhibit Area of the VC are available here.

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Workbee at Philippe Lake – Many Thanks to Participants

Last Saturday, nearly 15 enthusiast volunteers participated in a work bee close to Breton beach aimed at stopping or slowing down the erosion of the banks in that portion of Philippe lake. Under the able leadership of Steve McLaughlin from the NCC and France Girard from the Friends of Gatineau Park, the volunteers proceeded to install overlapping barriers (coconut burlap and oak pegs) along two portions of winter trail 73. As well, the soil was softened between these obstacles to allow seeding of this area later on this fall. Once these barriers were installed, volunteers proceeded to carry tree branches, dead brush or portions of deadwood to further block informal access paths to the banks of the lake from camping areas.



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Public Unveiling of a Birchbark Canoe Made by William Commanda

On October 18, during the last weekend of the Gatineau Park Fall Rhapsody, the Friends of Gatineau Park and the National Capital Commission jointly proceeded to the unveiling of a birchbark canoe made by Algonquin Elder William Commanda. The ceremony took place at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre during the celebration of Algonquin summer and featured a canoe hand made by Elder Commanda in 1988 and donated to the Friends of Gatineau Park by the Waddell’s family in recognition of the care provided by  Dr. Walter G. Waddell to Elder Commanda during the sixties. The birchbark canoe will soon be displayed in the Exhibit area of the Visitor Centre as a vibrant testimony of the Algonquin presence in the region and to provide an opportunity for the general public to appreciate this unique artefact. Continue reading

REMINDER: Workbee at Philippe Lake – Coming Saturday from 9 to 12

DSC_0859We could use more volunteers for the work bee taking place on coming Saturday, October 25, from 9 am to noon. Should you be interested in participating in this event, please advise France Girard by email at and your help would be greatly appreciated.

See more complete details about this activity here.


REMINDER – Hiking Workshop on October 26 (1 to 4 pm)

IMG_1110Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn or to improve on your hiking abilities by participating in this interesting workshop lead by Charles Thériault. You’ll learn how to plan and prepare and what to bring for your hiking outings.

Check the full details for this event here.

Recipe Book – Call Letter


The Friends of Gatineau Park (FGP) wish to invite the general public to share and submit their favorite recipe that reminds them of fond memories of time spent in Gatineau Park. The collection of selected recipes will form the first “Recipes of the Gatineau Park” cook book. See the attached document for more details.

Closing date to respond to this call letter with your submission: January 31, 2015.

 images-4Should you require further information about this project, please contact Sarah Crowe at or the FGP office at 819-827-3113.


On Board with the Friends of Gatineau Park!

As the date of our Annual General Meeting approaches (October 25), the Directors of the Friends of Gatineau Park are looking for new members to join them on the Board to advance the ongoing activities of the organisation and explore new opportunities for the future. If you are interested in contributing to the Friends in this capacity or would like further information regarding commitment, etc., please contact Catherine Dumouchel at Thank you.


Here is the agenda for the Annual General Meeting.