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.




This work bee was an excellent way to mark the conclusion of the Adopt-a-Trail season under the able lead of France Girard and Paule Tremblay as coordinator. Here are several pictures taken during this activity.

Again, sincere thanks to all participants for lending a helping hand towards conservation efforts of the Gatineau Park!

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.

Here are a list of the various persons that spoke during this brief but quite touching ceremony which was animated by Marie Boulet, Director of Gatineau Park:

  • Claudette Commanda – Grand-daughter of William Commanda

  • Sarah Crowe – Director, Board of Directors, Friends of the Gatineau Park

  • Mark Kristmanson – Chief Executive Officer of the National Capital Commission

  • Alexander (Sandy) Waddell – Son of Dr. Walter G. Waddell

  • Gilbert Whiteduck – Chief of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Community

Some related materials provided by members of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg community will soon be offered for consultation by the Friends of Gatineau Park once the canoe is actually displayed in the Visitor Centre. Here are several photos taken during the unique event. These photos were provided by Michel Lemaire and Femma Van As.

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.

Fall Rhapsody – September 28 to October 19

The Friends of Gatineau Park are encouraging you to actively participate in the events organized by the NCC in partnership with local communities or groups interested in the park during the Fall Rhapsody in the Gatineau Park. It will provide visitors a perfect opportunity to enjoy and explore different areas of the Gatineau Park rather than wasting time driving on busy parkways and facing full parking lots in lower portions of the Park.

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WORKBEE – Philippe Lake, Saturday, October 25

IMG_0886You are invited to join the National Capital Commission (NCC) and the Friends of Gatineau Park (FGP), and specially the 2014 FGP trail adopters, who are organizing a work bee to assist in restoring the banks of Philippe Lake.  This activity will take place on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 9 am to noon.

If interested, please contact France Girard ASAP by e-mail - and leave your coordinates with her.

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Hiking Workshop – Sunday, October 26

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Friends of Gatineau Park are inviting the public to participate in a brand new workshop lead in English by Charles Thériault. Mr. Thériault has been practicing outdoor activities since his teenage. He has been exploring the Gatineau Park for over 40 years and knows it inside out. He has been hiking in the Adirondack Mountains, the White Mountains, the Chic-Choc Mountains and in several parks of Québec and Ontario. Besides hiking, he enjoys snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, canoe-camping and bicycle touring.


This workshop will take place on Sunday, October 26, from 1 to 4 pm in one of the trails of the Gatineau Park. The Park is without doubt the most popular place in the Ottawa-Gatineau region to practise outdoor activities with over 165 kilometers of available hiking trails. Continue reading

A Canoe from Algonquin Elder William Commanda

The Friends of Gatineau Park are happy to announce that they have received a unique, once-in-a-lifetime and significant donation, that is a birch bark canoe hand made by Elder William Commanda in 1988. The canoe was given to Dr. Walter G. Waddell by Elder Commanda in recognition of care given by Dr. Waddell in the sixties. The Estate Trustees (Jonathan, Thomas and Alexander), sons of Dr. Waddell, who died in July 2013, offered to give the canoe to the Friends of Gatineau Park last Fall. Working in close cooperation with the NCC throughout this initiative, the canoe was recently transported from a cottage in Lac Ste-Marie to the Visitor Centre in Old Chelsea where this artefact will soon be placed on display by the NCC in the Exhibit area of the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre. Interpretation materials will be prepared to provide background information on this artefact and Elder Commanda, who lived in the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg community and who passed away in August 2011.



Here are additional information on Elder Commanda and Dr. Walter G. Waddell (Source: Wikipedia).

Additional information will be provided later when the birch bark canoe is actually displayed in Exhibit area of the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre.