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.


The Pleasures of Campsite Cookery at Philippe Lake

130815_Fire-and-twilightThe Friends of Gatineau Park are happy to organize a brand new family activity at the Lake Philippe campground and it will be taking place on Saturday, August 16, 2014.  So, you are invited to join us for a special workshop that will certainly spice up your outdoor camping cooking! With Chef Kim Copeland, come out and discover cooking secrets for healthy, inviting and easy to prepare meals for your outdoor escapes.


On the menu: How to plan your outdoor meals, some recipe 130809_Camp-Foodideas, kitchen equipment demonstrations, some ethical principles and security rules for appropriate outdoor cooking.

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Did you know?

LS012477There is now an easy way to stay informed of all new postings made on the Friends’ website as soon as they are published. You could get new postings directly in your email in-box. Details on how to activate this feature are described below.


Go to the home page of the Friends’ website and at the very bottom of the right-hand pane, there is a section entitled “SUBSCRIBE TO BLOG VIA EMAIL” and a box to enter your email address (see an image of this below). Enter it and once you have done that, hit the SUBSCRIBE button underneath and voilà, from now on, you’ll be kept abreast of all new activities and news related to the Friends of the Gatineau Park.


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