The Pleasures of Campsite Cookery – Sunday, June 14


                                                                     Photo provided by Jo-Ann Holden (Musician on Skis)

Join us for a special workshop that will spice up your outdoor camping meals! With chef Kim Copeland, you’ll discover cooking secrets for healthy, tasty and easy-to-prepare meals for your outdoor escapes.

 Learn more about:

  • Preparing food

  • Planning outdoor meals

  • Recipe ideas

  • Cooking equipment

  • Safety tips and outdoor ethics


Participants will be able to sample the food prepared during the workshop. A snack will also be served.

Please bring your own reusable mug, knife, fork, plate and cutting board.

This Friends of Gatineau Park activity is for persons aged 5 and older. Reservations are required.


More details on this activity follow:

  • Date:  Sunday, June 14, 2015 (English); a similar workshop will also be offered in French on Saturday, June 13, 2015

  • Time: From 9:30 am  to 12:30 pm 

  • Where : Gatineau Park Visitor Centre - 33, Scott Road, Chelsea, Québec

  • Information and Reservations: (819) 827-2020 or 1-800-456-3016 (Toll free)

  • Cost : Members - Adults, $ 17; Seniors (60 years and older) / Students (13 years and older), $ 15. Non-members - Adults, $ 20; Seniors (60 years and older) / Students (13 years and older), $ 17. Children (5 to 12 years old), $ 13. The funds raised will help support Friends of Gatineau Park activities.



Kim Copeland is a professional chef who loves to share her passion for good food with everyone she meets. Whether she’s “yurting,” camping or cooking in a “real” kitchen, she loves creating fresh, healthy, homemade delights. When she isn’t cooking, Kim is actively involved in promoting healthy eating practices in child care.

Launch of 2015 Adopt-a-Trail Season

France Girard is happy to welcome volunteers (new and returning) who have agreed to adopt a trail for the 8th season of the program. The program runs from May 15 to October 15 and volunteers were invited to pick up their volunteer kit recently (vest, trail map and password for reporting) and to return their application form completed. Each volunteer enrolling in the program is agreeing to walk their trail on a bi-weekly basis and to report any problems encountered via a web-based form available to volunteers.


IMG_0588This year, France will cumulate both roles, that is overall responsibility of the program as well as coordination with the NCC. As program coordinator, France will receive reports submitted by volunteers after each trail visit and will ensure that any problems requiring attention will be transmitted to the NCC for corrective action.


Should you have any questions about the program, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with France (

CANCELLED – Introduction to Camping Workshop – May 24 PM


As part of the wilderness skills series, Join the Friends of gatineau park in this brand-new workshop to discover camping basics and How to enjoy it.



You are invited to follow our experienced outdoor guide and to get a number of practical tips and advices that are good to know when planning an enjoyable and safe overnight stay in a tent. You will learn basic safely rules to follow in a natural environment and ways to minimize your impact on the environment.

The workshop is divided into two(2) 90-minute segments, starting with an indoor presentation followed by hands-on exercices outdoors.

Please wear comfortable clothing and appropriate for weather IMG_0146conditions.

This activity of the Friends of Gatineau Park is for persons aged 10 years and older.

Reservations are required.


More details on this workshop follow:

  • Date:  Sunday, May 24, 2015 (English); this workshop is also offered in French the day before, that is Saturday, May 23, 2015

  • Time: From 1 to 4 pm 

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

  • Information and Reservations: (819) 827-2020 or 1-800-456-3016 (Toll free)

  • Cost : Members - Adults, 12; Seniors (60 years and older) / Students (13 years and older), 10. Non-members - Adults, 15; Seniors (60 years and older) / Students (13 years and older), $ 12. Children (10 years and older), $ 5. The funds raised will help support Friends of Gatineau Park activities.


The first photo has been provided by Jo-Ann Holden -

Petals and Pioneers – Friday, May 15

Come discover new things about Gatineau Park! Take an evening walk on the Lauriault Trail with an experienced naturalist.


  • Discover the Park’s plants and wildlife, and learn how Erythrone-05wto identify wildflowers;

  • Learn about the Park’s protected habitats and ecosystems, including the Eardley Escarpment;

  • Get acquainted with some of the Park’s early residents and cottagers like the Lauriault and Mulvihill families. Some of the Park’s natural features were named after these families.

Trille-12wThis is a walk on hilly terrain of approximately 3 km. Appropriate footwear and a headlamp or flashlight are recommended.


This Friends of Gatineau Park activity is for persons aged 10 and older. Reservations are required.


Below are more details about this activity:

  • When? Friday, May 15, 2015 (English), 6:30 pm to 9 pm; this activity is also offered in French on the next day, that is Saturday, May 16

  • Cost? Member of the Friends of Gatineau Park - Adult: $12; Student (13 and over) / Senior (60 and over): $10.  Non-Member - Adult: $15; Student / Senior (60 and over): $12; Child (Age 10 to 12): $5. The funds raised will help support Friends of Gatineau Park activities.

  • Meeting Point? Gatineau Park Visitor Centre,  33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Quebec. Participants will then drive to the starting point of the hike at the Waterfall trail parking on Champlain Parkway.

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


Photos for this post provided by Michel Lemaire

Carbide Willson Hike – Saturday, May 9

220px-Thomas_Leopold_WillsonThomas Leopold “Carbide” Willson was a great inventor and fascinating Canadian historical character. Come discover the ruins of a revolutionary industrial plant he built in 1911, right here in Gatineau Park. Take a hike with us and learn more about this prolific inventor!

- Learn more about the industrial history of this area before it became part of Gatineau Park.


- Get acquainted with this fascinating man and his extraordinary inventions.

- Visit the site of his experimental fertilizer plant and enjoy the photogenic ruins and waterfall.

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Latest issue of the Newsletter Now Avalable

FullSizeRenderThe latest issue of the Friends of Gatineau Park newsletter is now available in the Publications section of the website. It features 2 articles on biodiversity and 1 on heritage. These 3 interesting articles are a follow-up to presentations made by 3 authors during the 2014 Research Forum. Continue reading

Frog Chorus – Friday, April 17

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,  Robert Alvo, on Friday, April 17, 2015,  for an introduction to the frogs, toads and salamanders of Gatineau Park.



The 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. Continue reading

Owl Prowl – Friday, April 10

130219_barred-owlThe Friends of Gatineau Park invite the general public to join an experienced birdwatcher for an “Owl Prowl” evening at the Gatineau Park Visitor Center. This activity will take place on Friday, April 10, 2015, and it will include an outdoor portion. 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! Please note that this activity is for persons aged 10 years and older. Reservations are required. Continue reading

Wilderness Skills – Map and Compass

The Friends of Gatineau Park are happy to be offerinIMG_0932g a new practical workshop, Map and Compass skills. This activity is part of the new Wilderness Skills workshop series of the Friends and it will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2015,  from 9 am to noon, in English and from 1 to 4 pm in French. Knowing how to navigate with map and compass is an essential skill to master for everyone engaged in more than casual outdoor recreation activities. Participants of this workshop will learn the theory and practical applications of the map and compass. Continue reading

Recipes of the Gatineau Park – Extended submission date

event_92511852The Friends of Gatineau Park would like to receive more  recipes for their cookbook project. Therefore, we are extending the date for submitting your favorite recipe to Sunday, February 15, 2015.


We would like to receive at least 10 more recipes to make up our first Gatineau Park cookbook. It does not have to be a sophisticated recipe but could be as simple as your chili recipe or a cheese melting “foilwich”. You could accompany your favorite recipe with stories, pictures or whatever you feel is appropriate… It is left to your imagination! So, hurry up and submit your recipe to the Friends’ office ASAP at the following email: Check the following link for more details on this interesting project of the Friends of Gatineau Park.