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).

 

Please consult the attached poster for dates and times of outings and registration details.

Some of the scheduled outings may have to be cancelled as this activity is dependent on weather and on having sufficient number of registrations.

So, don’t wait to register and join the fun!

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

REMINDER – RESEARCH FORUM

Don’t miss the 10th Research Forum on coming Sunday (November 23) from 11 am to 3 pm. More details and agenda are available here. Don’t forget to register!

ACCESS UPDATE AS OF NOVEMBER 22:

ACCORDING TO THE CHELSEA CITY WEBSITE, ACCESS TO THE SOUTH ENTRANCE OF THE PARKING LOT OF THE GATINEAU PARK VISITOR CENTRE IS NOW POSSIBLE FROM OLD CHELSEA ROAD VIA SCOTT ROAD.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ACCESS TO GATINEAU PARK VISITOR CENTRE PARKING IS NOT POSSIBLE FROM OLD CHELSEA ROAD BECAUSE OF MUNICIPAL SERVICES WORK TAKING PLACE IN THAT AREA; RATHER TAKE HIGHWAY 5 AND EXIT AT SCOTT ROAD (#13), SOUTH DIRECTION OR TAKE HIGHWAY 105 AND THEN SCOTT ROAD.

 

Survival in the Outdoors – December 5

IMG_0932As part of the new Wilderness skills workshop series, the Friends of Gatineau Park are happy to be offering a practical and interesting activity, Survival in the Outdoors. This workshop will take place on Friday, December 5, 2014, from 7 to 9 pm, and will be given by members of Search and Rescue Global 1 (SAR Global 1 – http://www.sarglobal1.ca/). The bilingual (English and French) presentation features practical tips and equipment demonstrations. Continue reading

10th ANNUAL RESEARCH FORUM

Tortue-04wThis year, the Research Forum will take place on Sunday, November 23, 2014, from 11 am to 3 pm approximately. The Friends of Gatineau Park (FGP) and the National Capital Commission (NCC) invite you to join us for free presentations about some of the exciting research being conducted in the Park. This is a great opportunity for the public to meet and to talk with some of the researchers.

Luskville-11wResearch 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 FGP.

The final program for the forum is attached and features several research projects undertaken in the Park. Continue reading

Brief Report on 2014 AGM & Volunteer Luncheon

During the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and the Annual General meeting (AGM) held on October 25, 2104, Graeme Roderick, president of the Friends of Gatineau Park, began the meeting by welcoming participants and then posted the agenda of the meeting for review.

Due to another commitment of the auditor, Ray Folkinsthe financial report was presented and reviewed as the first item of business, and then approved by the membership. The treasurer, Sarah Crowe, then presented a number of motions for approval related to financial matters. Continue reading

Birchbark Canoe of W. Commanda Now Displayed at the Visitor Centre

Last Wednesday, the NCC Gatineau Park staff completed the installation of a birchbark canoe from Elder William Commanda donated to the Friends of the Gatineau Park by the Waddell family.

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You are invited to go to the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre (VC) in Chelsea to admire this unique and exceptional artefact! Please consult 2 previous postings on this topic to have more details on Elder Commanda canoe (public unveiling and move to the VC of the canoe from Lac Ste-Marie). Some pictures of the displayed artefact in the Exhibit Area of the VC are available here.

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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.

 

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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. Continue reading

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 sirikarm@sympatico.ca and your help would be greatly appreciated.

See more complete details about this activity here.