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.


Here are more details about this exciting activity offered in English (a similar activity entitled “Des chouettes aux hiboux” will be offered in French on the following day, Saturday, April 11, 2015):

  • When: Friday, April 10,  from 7 to 10 pm

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

  • CostAdults $15 (members $12); Seniors (60 and over) / Students (13 and over) $12 (members $10); children (age 10 to 12) 5$.

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


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

Jo-Ann Holden  (Musician on skis photo blog) has provided the photo used for this posting.

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.


The topics covered during this activity are:

  • Reading a topographic map

  • Use of the compass

  • Planning an outing in the natural environment

  • Tips on safety and responsible outdoor recreation


The workshop includes an indoor presentation and a practical exercise with map and compass outdoors. Learning these skills and techniques will undoubtedly allow participants to enjoy more their future outdoor recreational activities and be better prepared for misadventures. 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:  friendsgatineaupark@bellnet.ca. Check the following link for more details on this interesting project of the Friends of Gatineau Park.

2015 Programming

agenda & styloThe Programming Committee of the Friends of Gatineau Park are happy to be publishing their planned schedule of events for the whole year. The attached schedule is tentative, ambitious and subject to change and it covers brand new activities organized for the first time by the Friends as well as regular events that have taken place for several years.


Broader categories of activities covered by this schedule include:

  • Snowshoe under the Stars

  • Dusk series

  • Wilderness skills

  • Special events

  • Speaker series

Stay tuned for future postings by checking regularly our website prior to each scheduled activity which will provide fuller details on location, registration, cost and any changes in date and time.



Latest issue of the Newsletter now available

IMG_1256The latest issue of the Friends of Gatineau Park newsletter is now available in the Publications section of the website. It features 3 diverse and interesting articles, one on biodiversity (The flora of the Eardley Escarpment hollows and dells), another one on heritage (Birch bark canoe donation) and finally the last one on a special project of the Friends (Recipes of the Gatineau Park Cookbook).


By the way, for the recipes cookbook, we encourage all skiers and snowshoers interested that are using shelters in the Gatineau Park to submit their favorite recipe without delay as you have only until January 31, 2015 to put in your submission.


Traditional Snowshoeing in the Gatineau Park

Photo de José Lafleur

                                                                                                                                        Photo from José Lafleur

The Friends of Gatineau Park invite you to experience a memorable adventure of off-trail snowshoeing in Gatineau Park. You will learn the basics about this traditional mode of transportation and discover some of the hidden beauties of the Park. This activity will take place on Saturday morning on February 7, 2015 in French and on February 14, 2015 in English.

This will also give you a chance to improve your knowledge of:

  • planning and preparing equipment for an outing;

  • reading maps and landscape topography;

  • safety and recreation ethics. Continue reading

Around the Fire – Recipes of the Gatineau Park

It is still time to brush up on your cooking skills for chalet dining in the Gatineau Park and to submit your favorite and, undoubtedly unique, recipe for the first cook book entitled “Recipes of the Gatineau Park“. You have until January 31, 2015 to submit your recipe that may bring back  fond memories of time spent around the fire in good company in the Gatineau Park. Check the following link for more details on this interesting project of the Friends of Gatineau Park.


So, waste no more time before submitting your favorite recipe and maybe become famous!

Reminder – Snowshoe under the Stars Outings


Don’t miss these very popular Snowshoe under the Stars outings! The first one is scheduled to take place next Friday evening, January 9, 2015 and then, every Friday evening from January 16 to February 27 inclusively. Check the following link for more details on these outings.


Don’t forget to register ahead of time! There are still quite a few places available for the next 2 or 3 programs offered and the snow is coming down…

Snowshoe under the Stars – January & February 2015

Snowshoe outingYou don’t need to have oversized feet or large tufts of fur between your toes to float over the snow like a hare or lynx – you can join the Friends of Gatineau Park for our very popular Snowshoe Under the Stars program on Friday evenings in January and February 2015. We will show you how easy it can be to get around in the snow, and have fun doing it.


Chemin-05wCome along for an evening snowshoe hike by starlight or moonlight, followed by a hot chocolate in the Gatineau Park Sugarbush shack next to the Visitor Centre. Dress warmly, wear comfortable preferably flat sole boots, and bring a headlamp or flashlight. You can bring your own snowshoes or rent some for the evening ($5 for adults and free for children). Continue reading

Research Forum 2014 – Record Attendance

The Friends of Gatineau Park have held a research forum every year since 2004. This annual event is an occasion for natural science and heritage researchers, both professional and amateur, to share the results of their research with the public and highlight the importance of research in managing and animating the Park. It also enables those who made donations to the Friends of Gatineau Park to see how some of their donation was used in supporting research. Continue reading