OWL PROWL – April 11 (Rescheduled from April 4)

130219_barred-owlThis event which was planned for last Friday has now been rescheduled (the INTERPREter was sick) for this friday, April 11. see the complete details about this activity here

FROG CHORUS (English) – Friday, April 25

Spring is in the air and frog songs are filling the night! As part of the very popular Dusk Series, the Friends of Gatineau Park invite you to join an experienced amphibian specialist, Dave Seburn, on Friday, April 25, 2014,  for an introduction to the frogs, toads and salamanders of Gatineau Park.  110714_frogThe activity will start with an indoor presentation to learn about their different calls.  Then, the participants will be invited to go to nearby ponds to enjoy the concert first hand and identify who is who! Gatineau Park supports a broad diversity of wildlife, including about 15 species of amphibians.

It is recommended to wear water boots and raincoat and to bring a headlamp for the outdoor part of this activity. Also, the outdoor activity may not be suited for persons having difficulty walking on uneven terrain.

Here are more details about this captivating activity offered in English (a French offering of this activity will take place on next Friday, May 2,  2014):

  • WhenFriday, April 25,  from 7 to 10 pm 

  • WhereGatineau Park Visitor Centre – 33 Scott Road, Chelsea Québec

  • Cost: Adults $15 (members $12); Seniors / Students $12 (members $10); children $5

  • Information and Registration : (819)  827-2020.



OWL PROWL – Friday, March 28 & April 4, 2014

130219_barred-owlThe Friends of Gatineau Park are happy to invite you to join an experienced birdwatcher, Bernie Ladouceur, for 2 “Owl Prowl” evenings at the Gatineau Park Visitor Center. These 2 activities will take place respectively on Friday, March 28, 2014, and a week later, on Friday, April 4, 2014. You’ll discover the many owls that live at Gatineau Park and learn about their unique features and behaviours. You will also learn their calls and see who will answer while you take a walk in the forest!


Here are more details about these exciting activities offered in English (a similar activity “Une soirée aux hiboux” will be offered in French on Saturday, March 29, 2014):

  • When: Friday, March 28,  from 7 to 10 pm & Friday, April 4, from 7 to 10 pm

  • WhereGatineau Park Visitor Centre – 33 Scott Road, Chelsea Québec

  • Cost: Adults $15 (members $12); Seniors / Students $12 (members $10); children $5

  • Information and Registration : (819)  827-2020.




OTTAWA OUTDOOR SHOW – The Friends will be Present

Volunteers from the Friends of Gatineau Park will be present in the coming weekend at the above show at the EY Center in the kiosk shared by the National Capital Commission – Gatineau Park and Demsis (Booth #600).

Should you be going, please take a moment to say Hello to the volunteers manning the Friends’ presence at Ottawa Outdoor & Travel Adventure show, taking place on Saturday, March 16 (10 am to 6 pm) and Sunday, March 17 (10 am to 5 pm). They will be able to answer any questions that you may have regarding activities organized by the Friends and coming up this Spring as well as all our programs offered all-year around.

As well as outdoor and adventure travel exhibitors present on site, several demos and presentations will be offered during the show. Please consult the Ottawa Outdoor Show website for more details including exhibitors present and entrance and parking fees.

2014 Heritage Day Celebration (February 16) – Report & Photos

While we had a small turnout of contestants for our first ever Marie-MichelleHeritage Day ski/snowshoe equipment and fashion show, thanks to the wonderful assortment of old ski and snowshoe equipment loaned by our volunteers, we were able to put on a fascinating display of ski and snowshoe memorabilia for the many people passing through the maple sugar bush cabin on Sunday February 16.

Here are a number of photos taken of participants and of equipment that was displayed and/or used during this event.


An Additional SNOWSHOE UNDER THE STARS Outing – March 7

As this event is very popular and that winter is not going away, the Friends have decided to offer another outing of the Snowshoe under the Stars. It will take place on Friday, March 7, 2014.

Snowshoe outingSo, it is your last opportunity of the winter to spend an evening snowshoeing with an experienced naturalist and learn how animals and plants face the many challenges of winter survival.


The 2-hour guided walk is bilingual and snowshoes are included.



More details including cost and registration information are available in the attached poster.



th-7You are invited to join the Friends of Gatineau Park on Sunday, February 16, 2014 for a Ski and Snowshoe Winter Fashion Show during a fun outing to celebrate the 2014 Heritage Day.


Put on your oldest ski or snowshoe clothing and wear your oldest th-8ski or snowshoe equipment and join the Friends for an informal fashion show and a short outing on the Sugarbush Trail. You will be rewarded with cookies and  free hot chocolate in the Sugarbush shelter (photo) while enjoying nice warm heat from a wood-burning stove. Continue reading

2013 Research Forum Presentation

A brief note to let you know that the presentation entitled “What happened to the Forests of Gatineau Park after the Ice Storm of 1998?” made by Dr. D. King and E. Seed during the Conservation stream of the 2013 Research Forum is now available in the Publications section of the website. It has been posted under the Research Forum – Presentations heading.

Here is the link to this presentation.


ARCHEOLOGY TALK: Learn about the Challenges in the NCR

As part of their speaker series, the Friends of Gatineau Park are happy to be offering an interesting presentation on archaeological resources in the  National Capital Region (NCR) by archeologist Ian Badgley from the NCC on Friday, February 21, 2014.

Image archéologieThe National Capital Commission (NCC) is responsible for the management of archaeological resources on its own lands and, through the federal land use approval process, makes recommendations for the protection of these resources on other federal lands in the NCR. The framework within which these responsibilities are undertaken is described and illustrated by examples of investigations conducted in historical and pre-contact archaeological sites. An overview of past Aboriginal occupation of the Ottawa valley based on local and regional archaeological resources is presented.
Here are more details about this English presentation (Questions answered in both languages):
  • When: Friday, February 21, 2014, from 7 to 9 pm
  • WhereGatineau Park Visitor Centre – 33 Scott Road, Chelsea Québec
  • Cost: Adults $12 (members $10); Seniors / Students $10 (members $8)
  • Information and Registration : (819)  827-2020.
Here is a brief biography of Mr. Badgley.



appel-communications_1The Friends of Gatineau Park (FGP) wish to invite interested individuals to submit a proposal to enrich the existing trail guide with additional material specific to spring wildflowers located on the Lauriault trail of the Gatineau Park.

The complete statement of work for this call for proposals could be found in the attached document on the Friends website.

Closing date to respond to this offer by submitting a proposal: January 31, 2014.

The work specified under this contract will have to be completed by May 30, 2014.

 Should you require further information about this offer, please contact the FGP office at 819-827-3113.