Logo Contest!!!


The Friends of Gatineau Park are overdue for a lifting and are looking for a new logo!!! For its creation, we have decided to draw from our members and web community talents by launching a contest. The NCC has graciously given us a winter 2016-2017 season pass that will be awarded to the winner. This pass provides unlimited access to the ski, snowshoe and snow bike network in the Gatineau Park. (Non-refundable value of $190)


  • The proposed logo has to be inspired by the Friends of Gatineau Park Mission
  • The logo has to preferably be in an electronic format (JPG, PNG) with a high resolution. We also accept hand drawing
  • All submission must be received by 11:59PM on November 30th They can be emailed with your coordinates at communications@friendsofgatineaupark.com or if it’s a hand drawing, you can mail it or deliver it in person to the Friends of Gatineau Park, Office 227, 33 Scott road, Chelsea, QC, J9B 1R5
  • The Friends of Gatineau Park Board of Directors will vote for the best logo at the beginning of December
  • The name of the winner will be published on the web site and on the social medias.
  • The winner will have to recuperate it prize in person at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre located at 33 Scott road, Chelsea, QC
  • The winner releases all claims on the logo to the Friends of Gatineau Park.

Survival in the Outdoors Workshop

Survival in the Outdoors Workshop

*Change in date below

Learn about survival priorities and what to do if lost in the woods with members of Sauvetage Bénévole Outaouais – Ottawa Volunteer Search and Rescue (SBO-OVSAR). The presentation features practical tips and equipment demonstrations.

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  • Survival priorities
  • Planning a hike
  • Ten essential items you need to carry and know how to use
  • Search and rescue techniques.

With these tools you will be less likely to get lost in the woods, yet better prepared for misadventures.


This Friends of Gatineau Park activity is for persons aged 12 and older. Reservations are required.

Friday, December 2, 2015 from 7 pm to 9 pm

Member of the Friends of Gatineau Park
Adult: $16
Student (12 and over) / Senior (65 and over): $13
Family: 34$

Adult: $20
Student (12 and over) / Senior (65 and over): $16
Family: 42$

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

Gatineau Park’s Visitor Centre
33 Scott Road, Chelsea Qc

Reservations and Information?
819-827-2020 | 1-866-456-3016 (Toll-free)

Friends of the Gatineau Park present at PSPC Charity Fair

October 25th and 26th was the Charity Fair organized by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). The Friends of Gatineau Park were well represented on the 26th by our very own coordinator Marie-Michèle Dallaire.


If your company’s charity campaign is still on and you haven’t yet decided who you should donate to, the Friends of Gatineau Park is a registered charity. Click here for more details.

Volunteer Enrichment Session

Friends of Gatineau Park
Volunteer Enrichment Session
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When: 9am – 12pm on Sunday, November 20
Where: Gatineau Park Visitor Centre in Old Chelsea
Who: all members and volunteers of the Friends of Gatineau Park
Cost: free for members and volunteers
Registration: info@amisduparcdelagatineau.com
Language: this will be a “mixed bilingual program”

The Friends of Gatineau Park depends on volunteers in order to be able to deliver the wide range of educational programs that we presently offer. Volunteers serve in a number of capacities: helping organize programs, at registration, accompanying participants on outings, assisting the interpreter/leader, helping with logistics and even acting as program leaders on occasion.

In order to encourage more of our members to become volunteers, and to enrich the experience of those who already are, we are planning a half day workshop covering a range of topics relevant to those assisting with Friends of Gatineau park programs and activities. We are hoping this will make people more comfortable with taking on volunteer roles, make the experience more rewarding and also to facilitate volunteers interacting with each other and sharing experiences.


  • introducing the Friends of Gatineau Park and its programs
  • the role of the volunteer
  • visitor experience: expectations, experience cycle, recreation and learning
  • interpretation basics: what is interpretation and how it helps build appreciation for the Park
  • administrative things: greeting, receipts, last minute cash payments, signing liability waivers and photo release forms
  • hosting an activity
  • the “sweeper” function on an outing
  • assisting the leader: encouraging participants to try activity if hesitant, serving hot chocolate and snacks, helping size snowshoes, setting up AV presentations in the Lynx Room
  • dealing with difficult people
  • operating the AV equipment and setting up in the Lynx Room
  • what if’s: who does what in case of difficulty or emergency, how to use the Park radio system, cell phone coverage issues, first aid kits
  • NCC regulations and resource protection – role of volunteers
  • who does what in the Park: NCC, Demsis, police
  • ending a program and thanking participants, “come again” message

The Alexander Family and Meach Lake House

One of our member, Michel Lemaire, is having a presentation on October 24th at the Chelsea Library. Free admission. See the details below!


Workplace Charitable Campaign

Dear members and volunteers,

September usually marks the beginning of workplace charitable campaigns.

This represents a great opportunity for the Friends of Gatineau Park to raise funds to support our activities.

So we need your help to encourage your network of family, friends and colleagues to consider donating to the Friends through their workplace charitable campaigns.

If each one of us gets one donation this way, it would go a long way in helping us to continue to provide great programming to Gatineau Park visitors.

Please consider sending them the following message, adding your own touch as you see fit.

Thank you for your support.

Graeme Roderick

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I have been a member of / volunteer with the Friends of Gatineau Park for the last XX years.

Throughout the years, the Friends have offered memorable programs for visitors to the Park, including the Dusk Series, Snowshoe under the Stars, wilderness skills workshops, speakers’ series, Heritage Day, research forum, etc.

These programs aim at helping participants both discover and protect this wonderful Park we all care for.

As a charitable organization, we need support from individuals like you to be able to continue to provide and expand these programs and reach more park visitors and users.

As part of this year’s workplace charitable campaign, please consider donating to the Friends of Gatineau Park (Charitable Organization # : 87854 3123 RR001 )

Your donation helps protect the Park for its heritage and the enjoyment of all.

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12th Annual Research Forum in Gatineau Park

The Friends of Gatineau Park and the National Capital Commission (NCC) invite the public to the 12th Annual Research Forum on Saturday, November 19. Participants are welcome to attend free presentations about the fascinating research being conducted in the Park, and chat with the experts.

Research 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 Friends of Gatineau Park.

Presentations will be in either English or French, followed by a bilingual question period. A detailed program will be published on the Friends of Gatineau Park website.

Date and Time
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 11 am to 3 pm
Light lunch and discussion with researchers at 12:30 pm

Admission is free, but participants are encouraged to make a donation to support research in the Park.

Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Quebec

Reservations and Information
Space is limited. Reservations are recommended.
819-827-2020 | 1-866-456-3016 (Toll-free)

Brown Lake History Hike

Sat Oct 15

10am to 1pm


Rain or shine, however in case of very severe weather the activity will take place on Oct 16.

Wear hiking shoes/boots and fall weather clothing, and bring a light lunch.

Until the creation of Gatineau Park, much of the area around Brown and Carman Lakes was still agricultural land, much as it had been since early colonization days. With the coming of the Park, lands were purchased, farms abandoned and reforested, and people moved away.

This  hike will introduce two families of farmers who were amongst the last to leave the area that was to become Gatineau Park – the Trowses and the Browns, both of whose descendants still live in the Gatineau Valley.

Enjoy the fall weather, learn to see the evidence of previous farming on the landscape, and find out about farming life in the 1800’s and early 1900’s.

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

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

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

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).


Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 1:30PM

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

2015 Agenda

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.

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): $13
Family: 34$

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

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